Politics

An interview with Rick Santorum on his new gig in the film industry

TheDC: Why do you think you were appealing to EchoLight?

Santorum: We’re making faith and family films, and when it comes to faith and family issues, I think I have as good of brand as anybody in the country. If we put out a film and say it’s faith and family, then I think people can go out, send their kids to it and they can buy it for their families or go to the theaters and watch it…We’re going to hopefully send out a very strong signal that we’re going to produce quality content. I feel very comfortable with the films that we ‘have in the can.’ But my hope is that we’ll continue to improve on the quality. I think the quality is good. But our objective is for every film to be better than the last one.

TheDC: How much time will this take out of your day, and will you be working out of Dallas?

Santorum: I’ll be spending time in Dallas. But I’ll be doing a fair amount of traveling around the country. Actually, it dovetails well with what I’m already doing. I don’t think most people understand that when I wasn’t running for president, I was working. Because I have to earn income. I have three kids in college. And three in school. And I have a little girl that has a lot of special needs. So I’ve got to work for a living. I was working already.

This will just focus my energies more on one thing as opposed to a whole bunch of different things on the business side. In addition, as I have been doing for the last 18 months, I also staying involved and active with Patriot Voices. So this really doesn’t change things as far as I’m concerned.

My work with Patriot Voices actually dovetails very well into the work I’m going to be doing with EchoLight. I’ll be traveling around the country, doing a lot of radio interviews, a lot of media interviews, so I don’t see that as all inconsistent.

I really think what I’m doing here is trying to really energize — not just for the benefit of EchoLight Studios but for the benefit of the culture to try to — people of faith, people who hold to the traditional American values, to get active and involved in the culture and the popular culture. So hopefully, we’ll invigorate that cause, if you will, with conservatives around the country.