Dan Cox informs us that he’s moved from the weirdly exciting California gubernatorial referendum of a few years back to cover a political race even more enthralling: Sixth-grade class president.
In his latest docu, the director behind Running with Arnold will focus on Hopi Hernandez, a middle-school student who is taking cues from a certain former First Lady as she prepares to run for school office.
But Hopi, an 11-year-old who started the first underage “Hillary for President” chapter in the country, is not planning to learn by watching CSPAN alone (or at all). She’s going to join the phalanx of reporters covering this historical presidential race.
Seriously. The press release explains more:
HOPI and HILLARY
The Road to Victory
We turn our attention to Hillary Clinton and her Presidential campaign through the eyes of the precocious Los Angeles 11-year-old, Hopi Hernandez.
This compelling story charts Hopi’s failed attempt to become 5th grade class president in 2007, which drives her to create a winning course a year later for 6th grade based on Hillary’s own campaign. She watches Hillary. She admires Hillary. She wants to be like Hillary. She wants to run like Hillary and she wants to learn how to win, ideally like Hillary.
A gifted student in the honors programs at a middle school in Los Angeles, Hopi’s interest in government was aroused following a class trip to Washington D.C., which included the Capitol and the White House. Hopi’s comment: “Wow, there’s an eagle in every room.”
Currently enrolled in one of the finest middle school civic politics programs, Hopi meets with teachers daily to discuss her ideas about getting students more involved in the political process. She also takes her political activism off campus to grocery store parking lots, restaurants, strip malls and sports events to pass out Hillary for President bumper stickers and buttons and goes door-to-door to hand out voter registration applications. She joins her local Hillary for President chapter and sets up the first “under age” chapter in the Country for kids to learn about the electoral process.
“If I can get my friends and peers excited about Hillary, then they can influence and maybe even educate their parents about Hillary’s platforms,” Hopi says. “I want Hillary to win because I want to see her become the first woman President and because she has already been in the White House during Mr. Clinton’s Presidency. It gives her a lot of experience.”
As Hopi travels around the country for an opportunity to meet Hillary, this little girl has a parallel dream to become class president in 2008 herself. As Hillary champions what’s important to voters in metropolitan cities, suburban malls and backwoods farms, Hopi learns what is important to her friends.
On her path, Hopi hopes to meet with powerful political women across the country, including Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi, California senator Diane Feinstein, California congresswoman Maxine Waters, Supreme Court justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, First Lady Laura Bush, Secretary of State Condoleeza Rice, broadcast veteran Barbara Walters and Gulf war double amputee Tammy Duckworth, who ran for Congress.
She will also meet with political campaign managers, journalists, fundraisers, party planners and anyone who has an opinion on what it takes to be the first female President.
Hopi will be acting in a journalistic capacity, interviewing potential sources — as only an 11-year-old can — to find out answers to key questions about what it will mean to be Hillary Clinton running for the White House and what it can mean for a woman to be elected as President.
We document the joys, perils and determination of one child’s journey to become a winner with a Presidential role model named Hillary.
“We want to explore Hillary’s campaign through the eyes of this intelligent young woman, who hopes someday to emulate Hillary Clinton and her path to power,” said Dan Cox, director/writer/producer of Hopi and Hillary.
“Hopi is a fascinating, outrageously intelligent girl who has nothing but curiosity for the political process and meeting new people. She will bring new meaning to the current TV show, which asks if we as adults can learn from fifth graders. We have plenty to learn and discover from Hopi and her journey into the political realm for Hillary Clinton.”
HOPI AND HILLARY WILL BE DIRECTED BY DAN COX
WRITTEN AND PRODUCED BY COX AND LYS SPARROW.
Editor will be Rick Benavides.
The film will be financed independently.
Co-production with Spanish investor and film producer Jorge Manrique Behrens is being negotiated.