Since winning her congressional election in 2018, Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) is everywhere. And now, she’s headed to Netflix.
On Thursday, the streaming service announced that it acquired the rights to “Knock Down the House,” a film profiling four women vying for office during the 2018 midterm elections, including AOC.
a doc about @AOC? About time Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain got the respect he des-
*puts finger to ear*
oh, well, I'm sure that'll be great too… https://t.co/Q6qceQACDV
— Netflix UK & Ireland (@NetflixUK) February 8, 2019
The documentary, which won the “Festival Favorite Award” at the 2019 Sundance Film Festival — beating out 121 other films to land the highest number of audience votes — allegedly cost Netflix $10 million. According to TechCrunch, if this price tag is correct, it’s the most expensive Sundance documentary deal of all time.
“Knock Down the House,” which raised money via a Kickstarter campaign last year, was produced by New York’s Jubilee Films. The movie follows the campaigns of Las Vegas businesswoman Amy Vilela, Saint Louis nurse Cori Bush, West Virginian coal miner’s daughter Paula Jean Swearengin and Ocasio-Cortez. The women were all first-time candidates who gained attention for taking on powerful incumbents in an effort to create systemic change. Of them, only Ocasio-Cortez made it to Washington.
“It is a transcendent moment when skilled filmmakers are able to train their lens on a major transformation,” Lisa Nishimura, VP of Original Documentaries for Netflix, said in a statement. “With intimacy and immediacy, [filmmakers] Rachel Lears and Robin Blotnik, bring viewers to the front lines of a movement, as four women find their voice, their power and their purpose, allowing all of us to witness the promise of true democracy in action.”
There is no word yet on when the film will hit Netflix.