ABC News’ Sheila Marikar (@SheilaYM) reports:
While a cinematic love letter to Sarah Palin is set to debut in Iowa Tuesday night, a more critical film about the former Alaska governor is in the works.
British filmmaker Nick Broomfield is shopping a documentary that examines Palin's life and rise to prominence through interviews with her parents, friends, colleagues such as ex-legislative director John Bitney, ex-Senate president Lyda Green, ex brother-in-law Mike Wooten and many more.
In a preview clip from the film, Bitney and Green bemoan Palin’s habit of using her Blackberry during meetings.
“It was frustrating at times to set up a meeting with legislative leadership to talk about a piece of legislation or a bill or an issue or something that needed to be worked out, and the whole time, she would be doing this,” Bitney says, motioning his thumbs as if using a Blackberry. He adds that Palin was “just very unengaged in the conversation” and often, “she wasn’t listening.”
Green echoes his sentiments.
“I never felt that Sarah was ever connected to the business in the building, going around the Capitol,” she says. “She generally had her two Blackberries and was texting most of the time.”
According to The Hollywood Reporter, the as yet untitled film is screening for buyers this week in Los Angeles and may premiere at the Toronto Film Festival in September.
Stephen K. Bannon’s “The Undefeated,” which premieres in Iowa Tuesday and rolls out nationwide July 15, also chronicles Palin’s life and political rise through interviews with those close to her, but takes a staunchly pro-Palin stance.
Broomfield is known for documentaries that offer unconventional takes on famous subjects, including 1998's “Kurt & Courtney,” which asked if Nirvana front man Kurt Cobain's 1994 suicide was really a murder.