In it, but not of it. TPM DC
Griggs, who also brought the comic book flick "Super Capers" to screens last year, is currently working on a film adaptation of Wind in the Willows. Readers might remember him from Rachel Maddow's critique last fall of Griggs' "I guess I'm racist" anti-health care ad.
Griggs, 36, has a young daughter and a new baby on the way and he made the movie because he's "just really worried about the freedoms and the opportunities they are going to have and the amount of debt the nation is taking on."
"We need to stand up and start taking a stand, we need to stop the spending. Reagan had it right," Griggs told TPM. "Whether you're on the left or the right side whatever your view is, we all pay taxes."
Griggs would not disclose the cost of making the film, but said it was self-funded and that he is not affiliated with any organizations that might benefit from such a movie coming out so close to the election. He described himself as a conservative who thinks Republicans are becoming too much like Democrats, but he did vote in the GOP primary this summer.
Among the film's featured interviews are John Stossel, Club for Growth's Stephen Moore, former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee, Ohio's Kenneth Blackwell, Rep. Thad McCotter, Newt Gingrich, Steve Forbes and Andrew Breitbart.
"The problem with socialism is that sooner or later you run out of other people's money," Huckabee says in the trailer. Portions of the film will showcase tea party activists to show they "are just every day people."
FreeRepublic types seem to be excited about it. Watch the trailer:
To see the Griggs anti-health care ad, check out Maddow's segment around the 3-minute mark: