“Netflix is casting its vote for Mitt Romney,” quipped The Hollywood Reporter. The video streaming service has acquired a Greg Whiteley documentary titled “Mitt” that will debut January 24.
The behind-the-scenes documentary on Romney’s campaigns for president from 2006 to 2012 with a “surprising level of access” to the candidate will premiere at the Sundance Film Festival on January 17.
Lisa Nishimura, Netflix vice president of original documentary and comedy, declared "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."
Whiteley added: "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."
"It’s not a puff piece on him," said Trevor Groth, programming director for the Sundance Film Festival, in the Salt Lake Tribune. "It’s a really neutral look at the process." But Groth added the movie "would have served him well during the election."