A documentary on Republican Mitt Romney's 2012 presidential campaign will be released next month in what appears to be one of the more revealing looks at Romney.
The documentary, "Mitt," will premiere at the Sundance Film Festival Jan. 17 and be available a week later on Netflix Jan. 24.
The trailer was released Wednesday and shows Romney, behind the scenes, letting his guard down, appearing vulnerable, joking around, and even, at one point, ironing his suit while it was still on.
There were few interviews during the 2012 campaign that were really able to get at Romney, the man -- complete with fragility and self-reflection, although those aren't exactly things that are rewarded in politics.
The director and producer of the movie Greg Whiteley, who is Mormon, was with the Romneys in 2006, when Romney first considered a run, through his 2008 and 2012 campaigns. (The Deseret News profiled him during the 2012 election and notes that he was working on the film.)
"It feels like a full circle moment to premiere this movie at Sundance,” Whiteley said in a press release from Netflix. “I first met and filmed the Romney family in Park City in 2006 as they gathered to discuss whether Mitt should run for President. Over the next 7 years I couldn't believe I was filming inside rooms and situations I had no business being in. Now that I've finished I couldn't be more pleased to share this experience with audiences around the world through Netflix."
First published December 18 2013, 12:12 PM