Hopi’s Hopes for Hillary

Will Hillary Clinton’s coattails extend to a middle-school election?

“Hopi and Hillary: The Road to Victory,” the next project from my former Variety colleague Dan Cox, will follow 11-year-old Hopi Hernandez of Los Angeles as she runs for 6th grade class president using as inspiration Clinton’s own campaign.

Cox, whose project on Arnold Schwarzenegger, “Running with Arnold,” recently won the best documentary prize  at the Zurich International Film Festival, calls Hopi “a fascinating, outrageously intelligent girl” who has a curiosity for the political process. He says that the project will chart Hopi’s failed attempt to become 5th grade class president earlier this year, after which the loss drove her to create a campaign for the 6th grade presidency modeled on Clinton’s own run.

“She wants to run like Hillary and she wants to learn how to win, ideally like Hillary,” Cox says.

Hopi took a big interest in government following a class trip to Washington D.C. She’s also volunteering for the Clinton campaign (heading up an underage voters group) and the project will follow her as she interviews politicos and journalists, including, it is hoped, Hillary herself.

The documentary is not affiliated with the campaign, although it certainly doesn’t appear like anything they should be worried about. (That is, unless there’s some kind of Giuliani-inspired effort in Hopi’s 6th grade class).

Cox will direct the project, and he’s writing it and producing it with Lys Sparrow. Meanwhile, “Running with Arnold” will get a release in January via Red Envelope Entertainment, a division of Netflix.

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