Palin Movie—but Not Palin—to Premiere in Iowa Next Tuesday

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Steve Bannon, the filmmaker responsible for the new Sarah Palin bio pic "The Undefeated," will screen the movie in the historic Pella Opera House in Pella, Iowa next Tuesday, June 28th. But what about its subject? Will Sarah Palin there? Doesn't look like it, although Bannon an organizer says he has extended an invitation to her. A few weeks ago, the news of Bannon's film was followed quickly by the news of Palin's bus tour, which was originally expected to hit several early primary states, including New Hampshire (which she did), South Carolina, and Iowa. It seemed likely that her arrival in Iowa might coincide with the premiere of "The Undefeated" and the whole thing kick of her presidential campaign. But that didn't happen -- or at least it sure doesn't look like it's about to happen. Palin quit her bus tour and has barely been heard from since.


That hasn't stopped Bannon from moving ahead with his plans for the film, which he financed and shot independent of Palin. Initially, Bannon had hoped that the Iowa premiere could be held at the legendary "Field of Dreams" in Dyersville, Iowa. But the proprietors didn't go for it. So instead, Bannon settled on Pella, where Palin supporters presumably will amass. It's not impossible to imagine that Palin herself might show up--it'd certainly make for a dramatic scene. But right now, Bannon can only operate on faith: "Screen it, and she might come."
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Joshua Green is a former senior editor at The Atlantic.

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