Fans of Sarah Palin stood proudly in the lobby of the AMC Ahwatukee 24 movie theaters Friday night, jostled occasionally by teens and children filing in to see “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Part 2.”
Palin’s supporters came from throughout the Valley and Arizona to see the area premiere of “The Undefeated: Sarah Palin Documentary,” many wearing Palin for President 2012 shirts and buttons.
Among those eagerly waiting to enter the theater was Rebecca Feldman, a Scottsdale mom of two and a volunteer with Organization 4 Palin.
“I met her in person at a Barnes & Noble book signing back in November and I was really impressed with how she reacted and engaged with everyone around her. She’s a remarkable human being and we’re privileged to be chosen to be one of the cities where this is being shown,” said Feldman, who saw the advanced screening with supporters earlier in the month.
“I’ve been telling my friends this is an action film – basically, its two hours of real leadership in action,” she said. “The film isn’t just about Gov. Palin, it’s about you, me, America!”
Feldman said she supports Palin because “she’s a strong leader with courage and strength who’s independently-minded.”
John Bright drove from Tucson to see the film, which he had not yet seen but already was declaring it should be “given an Oscar for documentary of the year.”
“I’m excited to be here to see this. I’ve seen the trailer and I’ve followed her since she was running with McCain and you have to admit, she’s got the right stuff for the nation’s highest office,” said Bright, a former Navy SEAL who wore a small “How’s that Hopey/Changey thing working out for ya?” button.
Ahwatukee dad Jason Johnston was taking his 9-year-old daughter, Jessica, to Harry Potter but said he would return to see the Palin documentary.
“I will come see the movie next week because I want to know what its about, but I don’t think it’ll have any great surprises for me. You have to admire her gumption, though; she just doesn’t give up.”
Following the Palin film’s showing – moved to a larger theater screen to accommodate the crowd – Feldman said the audience was enthusiastic, applauding Palin throughout the film.
“Opening night for ‘The Undefeated’ was an amazing experience,” she said. “The theater opened a second screen for the 7:45 p.m. show for an overflow. The packed crowd gave the film an enthusiastic standing ovation with cheers of Palin for president, clapping when she won the mayor election in a landslide, cheering her on when as the VP candidate (and when) she spoke of going to Washington to serve the citizens.”