Skip to comments.Sarah Palin mesmerizes Israeli filmmaker
Posted on 09/04/2008 12:23:22 PM PDT by Alouette
Los Angeles-based director Elan Frank met Alaska's governor, Republican vice-presidential hopeful several months ago while filming documentary about extraordinary women, and was hooked
"Sarah Palin is a very special woman. She has a tranquility about her, no matter what the situation is," this is how Elan Frank, a California-based Israeli filmmaker, chooses to describe the Republican Party's newly chosen vice-presidential hopeful.
Frank shadowed Palin, who is the presiding governor of Alaska, for three days some three months ago, as part of a documentary he made about extraordinary women around the world.
Frank, 52, has been living in Los Angeles for the past 12 years. He first visited Alaska in 1983, when he was given a year's leave from the Israeli Air Force, where he served as a fighter pilot.
"I made it a point to come back to Alaska every three years or so, since. It's a very hard country. The real final frontier. They have seven men for every woman, so I thought about making a film about women in Alaska. I did some research, and then I thought 'well, why focus only on Alaska? Why not focus on women worldwide and make a film about women empowerment?'"
Frank sent film crews to Nepal and the Negev, to follow two extraordinary women, and decided to follow three Alaskan women himself a teacher, a pilot and the new governor.
"I wasn't planning on focusing on famous characters, but Palin's story is so unique I decided to include her. She is the first woman of Alaska, which isnt something to be treated lightly; not to mention a former beauty queen, basketball player, fisherwoman and hunter and a mother of four (Frank's film followed Palin before she has her fifth child). I saw something amazing there," he said.
He contacted Palin four months ago, and according to him she found his idea riveting. He was in the midst of planning his trip to Alaska when he got a phone call from Palin, who was in LA and wanted to meet him.
"I met her in my Hollywood office and we talked for over an hour we instantaneously clicked and we had a blast. The funny thing is," he added, "that a few days later I got an email from a friend in Alaska telling me she was seven months pregnant. I didnt notice a thing until later, when we were filming.
"I guess she's one of those women you can't really when they're pregnant, and she was probably dressing to hide it a little. You wouldn't know to look for it."
About a month after the meeting in Los Angeles, Frank and his video camera showed up on Palin's doorstep. "I went by myself because I wanted to have the chance to create real intimacy," he said. he ended up following Palin around for three days, filming nearly five hours of raw footage.
"I would get up in the morning, drive to her office and just follow her around all day. The amazing thing was that she never asked me to stop filming. I was there for everything the phone calls and the meetings and she would answer any question I had, she was very cooperative."
Frank also recorded Palin at home. "I have her with her family, making sandwiches for her daughter after school, watching television. I spoke to her husband and asked him about how it feels to be married to such a dominant woman. I have the two of them talking about private matters. I was able to catch very intimate moments on film. She even played the flute for me."
Palin is charming, he continued. "She struck me as an honest, direct person. She's under a lot of pressure but she always has time for everyone."
When asked about Palin's past support of Pat Buchanan, whose anti-Israeli views are common knowledge, Frank said that Palin's support of Buchanan stemmed from his positions in other issues, and that she did not agree with his views of Israel.
"She had an Israeli flag, of all the things, mounted on her office wall, and I have that on film" he said. "I was very surprised to see that and when I asked her about it, she said that she loves Israel and the she had friends who visited the country and brought her the flag."
Palin, according to Frank, has clear political aspiration, but he did not dwell on them on the movie. "I didnt ask about politics because I didnt want to stir away from my (movie) plan, but she definitely struck me as someone who wants to move ahead. She's the over-achiever type."
The announcement that Republican presidential hopeful John McCain chose the little-known Alaska governor for his running mate came as a surprise to Frank. "I knew she was shortlisted but her name wasnt the one that came popping up. all of a sudden, I turn on the TV and see her photo. I was elated, it's like my best friend was picked for the job."
Frank is now looking into the possibility of filing a second documentary, shadowing Palin until election day. in light of the nomination, he added, he has also been approached by various media groups, which are interested in the footage he already has.
"I have a lot of authentic footage that shows who she really is. You can tell a lot about her from that. She really is one of us."
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I didn’t know she plays the flute!
Wow she looks pregnant here. But then that isn’t the smear that the Daily Kos/MSM are going with this hour. But it does lttle to support their contention that she is anti-semitic.
Fantastic news and post! Thanks!
Sheesh, this guy just shot Daily Kos in the groin. LOL
We have another remarkable woman who will stand beside our Future President: Cindy McCain. She’s a remarkable woman!!
Remember that the Obama campaign claimed to have vetted all the blogs for their campaign, so it can be assumed that these bloggers are acting under direction of the Obama/Biden ticket.
I got the same impression -- that Sarah Palin possesses extraordinary poise, composure, and serenity. I have little doubt that these qualities are the direct result of both her unshakable belief in God and her adherence to the highest moral principles.
When asked about Palin’s past support of Pat Buchanan, whose anti-Israeli views are common knowledge, Frank said that Palin’s support of Buchanan stemmed from his positions in other issues, and that she did not agree with his views of Israel.
Well, she supported Steve Forbes. She welcomed Buchanan...
Dude, it’s a plaid shirt over a black t-shirt.
Buy a DVD player or ask Santa for one for Christmas. Everything is digital now, but most likely you will be able to watch a streaming version on the web if you do not have a DVD.
awesomeness! The filmmaker has very kind eyes too. I hope he gets plenty out of this documentary he made. Two thumbs up. What prescience and great instinct he has. Admiration for both stars :-D!
Thanks, is there any information about how one can see this film?
Something tells me that Frank will be blacklisted by a lot of Jewish Democrats in Hollywood. But his Palin film should be shown by the GOP to Jewish groups around the country.
I’m seeing stripes. What can I say? I’ll take your word for it because I’ll assume you have higher def than I :)
I've a stack of high-quality 200 count dvd blanks I bought and a new dvd external drive for my computer w/software. The problem is I have Roxio, and it won't do a clean uninstall meaning there will be conflicts such as the new software won't work, warns about it in their installation instructions. MS has instructions on their website on scrubbing it out, but it is a complicated procedure and I don't want to risk it.
So I'm stuck which is a shame because I've invested not a little cash in that. I'm kind of mad about it that Roxio makes it so hard, others do too, came OEM with my Dell PC.
Don't you dare tell me to go linux or mac lol. I'm such a creature of habit, clunky though it is, and am not up to any more steep learning curves for awhile.
Thanks for the response.