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‘Knock Down the House’ documentary on Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez to premiere at Sundance

February 8, 2019 GMT

Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez gets staggering amounts of press coverage and continues to be an outspoken presence on social media and talk shows. Her name has come up as a presidential possibility. The high-profile New York Democrat has even attracted a surprising caution from ABC’s “The View” host Whoopi Goldberg, who earlier this month warned the lawmaker to stop “pooping” on other Democrats and “sit still for a minute and learn the job.”

Rush Limbaugh and other observers have already suggested that establishment Democrats are nervous about the newcomer, who is 29 and favors socialist-style progressivism.

That may happen after her movie debuts.

Ms. Ocasio-Cortez is currently on the cover of The Hollywood Reporter, which has kind words to say about “Knock Down the House,” a new documentary that showcases her quest for election to office and debuts at the influential Sundance Film Festival, now underway in Park City, Utah.

She is expected to walk the red carpet along with three other women who also ran for office in 2018 and are featured in the documentary. The film premieres this weekend.

“A young bartender in the Bronx, a coal miner’s daughter in West Virginia, a grieving mother in Nevada and a registered nurse in Missouri build a movement of insurgent candidates challenging powerful incumbents in Congress. One of their races will become the most shocking political upset in recent American history,” the festival says in its advance promotion for the event.

Meanwhile, politics is never far away. Hollywood Reporter correspondent Marisa Guthrie asked Ms. Ocasio-Cortez why she thinks President Trump has not specifically “targeted” her in his tweets or daily commentaries.

“I’m not sure. I think as nuts as this guy is, one thing he does have an expertise in is media and branding and marketing. And I think, I don’t know, maybe he thinks that he’s met his match,” she replied.