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Overexposed? Another Ocasio-Cortez Documentary is in the Works

“Knock Down the House” just popped up on the streaming service Netflix this month. Now a new report indicates a second documentary about the freshman Democrat is in the offing.

By NTK Staff | 05.07.2019 @11:45am
Overexposed? Another Ocasio-Cortez Documentary is in the Works

Freshman Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) is without question experiencing “her moment” in the public spotlight. She’s an outspoken member of Congress, her social media following is a legion, and a new film, just debuted on the streaming service Netflix earlier this month, chronicled her unlikely primary win in June 2018.

Now, Axios is reporting that the same filmmaker behind that Netflix documentary, “Knock Down the House,” is eyeing a second documentary that would closely track the work Ocasio-Cortez is doing as a member of Congress. The focus of this film? The Green New Deal.

From filmmaker Rachel Lears’ perspective, it’s a no-brainer. “Knock Down the House” sold for $10 million to Netflix earlier this year after it debuted at the Sundance Film Festival in January, per Axios. That may be “the biggest documentary sale ever brokered at a film festival,” per Deadline Hollywood.

From Ocasio-Cortez’s perspective, she’s likely onboard with the idea of another documentary as it helps spread her message far and wide. Not one to shy away from media exposure, Ocasio-Cortez uses her social media platforms as a megaphone to advance her agenda. And with the Green New Deal being her top priority, what’s the risk in another documentary?

Overexposure, for one thing. Because of the way she’s positioned herself within the Democratic Party, Ocasio-Cortez is often exposed to criticisms for her positions and delivery. While her appeal to younger Democrats is clear, longtime Democrats are still more comfortable with the likes of Speaker Nancy Pelosi leading the Democrats’ ranks in Washington.

If a documentary deal is only being brokered now, it could be a long way off before this film ever sees the light of day. And a lot can change in politics in a few short months. The political environment in which this Green New Deal film is released could be a totally different one than today’s. And that’s a risk both the filmmaker and Ocasio-Cortez must be willing to take.

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