WASHINGTON – Netflix shelled out an eye-popping $10 million for rights to a documentary about young upstarts running for Congress starring Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez.
Deadline first reported the amount the streaming giant paid for “Knock Down the House,” a film that followed four women vying for office during the 2018 election cycle.
The website said it was the largest sum ever brokered at a film festival for a documentary.
Of the four contenders, only Ocasio-Cortez won.
The film premiered at the Sundance Film Festival late last month.
Ocasio-Cortez was headed to the premiere, but pulled out a day before her planned appearance, citing “complications from the government shutdown.” The shutdown had ended the day before.
She instead appeared via video at the screening.
Since then “Knock Down the House” has won Sundance’s Festival Favorite Award.