“Crowdfunding was the moment that really stamped the viability of the project. Once we did that, we knew there are people who want to see this — no matter what happens with the story.”

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MAY 2, 2019

Rachel Lears is a documentary producer and director based in New York. Her latest film, Knock Down the House, follows four female grassroots candidates, including Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, as they take on establishment candidates in the 2018 primaries. Knock Down the House won the Festival Favorite Award at Sundance and debuted on Netflix on May 1. Rachel’s last film, The Hand That Feeds was nominated for an Emmy in 2017, broadcast on PBS, and won awards and recognition at Full Frame, DOC NYC, AFI Docs, and numerous other festivals on the 2014-15 circuit. In both films, Rachel collaborated with her husband Robin Blotnick.