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The subscription streaming service, which has become an increasingly influential player in the original content sphere, will premiere the Romney documentary Mitt exclusively beginning Jan. 24 at 12:01 a.m. PST.
Mitt, which also was announced Monday as part of the 2014 Sundance Film Festival’s Documentary Premieres lineup, provides an intimate, behind-the-scenes look at a candidate running for president. The Greg Whiteley-helmed film will make its debut at Sundance on Jan. 17.
The film follows Romney’s Oval Office aspirations beginning Christmas 2006 to his initial run to become the Republican nominee in 2008 and through his concession speech in 2012. Given unprecedented access by Romney and his family, Whiteley travels alongside the campaign through interactions with potential voters, preparations for the debates and personal moments with his family. It all concludes with election-night results.
Seth Gordon, who got his start directing the documentary The King of Kong, is executive producing.
“Greg Whiteley’s Mitt provides viewers a surprising level of access into a fascinating world,” said Lisa Nishimura, Netflix vp original documentary and comedy. “This rare inside look at Mitt Romney and his family as he runs for president showcases a unique kind of storytelling, one which takes the viewer well beyond the politics.”
Added Whiteley: “It feels like a full-circle moment to premiere this movie at Sundance. 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 seven 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.”
Mitt will be available to stream in all territories where Netflix is available: the U.S., Canada, the U.K., Ireland, Latin America, the Nordic region and the Netherlands.
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