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Netflix Books Theatrical Run Along With Streaming Release for Project on Midterm Elections

Mar 27, 2019  •  Post A Comment

Netflix announced plans for a run in selected theaters along with the global launch on the streaming service on May 1 for the film “Knock Down the House.”

The project tracks the efforts of Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, Amy Vilela, Cori Bush and Paula Jean Swearengin during the 2018 midterm elections.

“Four exceptional women mount grassroots campaigns against powerful incumbents in ‘Knock Down the House,’ an inspiring look at the 2018 midterm elections that tipped the balance of power,” Netflix says in today’s announcement. “When tragedy struck her family in the middle of the financial crisis, Bronx-born Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez had to work double shifts as a bartender to save her home from foreclosure. After losing a loved one to a preventable medical condition, Amy Vilela didn’t know what to do with the anger she felt about America’s broken health care system. Cori Bush, a registered nurse and pastor, was drawn to the streets when the police shooting of an unarmed black man brought protests and tanks into her neighborhood. A coal miner’s daughter, Paula Jean Swearengin was fed up with watching her friends and family suffer from the environmental effects of the coal industry.”

The movie is the winner of the Audience Award: U.S. Documentary and the Festival Favorite Award at the 2019 Sundance Film Festival. It’s directed by Rachel Lears (“The Hand That Feeds”), written by Lears and Robin Blotnick (“The Hand That Feeds), and produced by Lears, Blotnick, and Sarah Olson (“Fed Up”).

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