Rick Santorum now running Christian movie studio

Republican presidential candidate, former Pennsylvania Sen. Rick Santorum greets supporters at the Original Dreamland BBQ in Tuscaloosa, Ala. Monday, March 12, 2012. (AP Photo/The Tuscaloosa News, Dusty Compton)
Republican presidential candidate, former Pennsylvania Sen. Rick Santorum greets supporters at the Original Dreamland BBQ in Tuscaloosa, Ala. March 12, 2012. ( Dusty Compton/AP Photo/The Tuscaloosa News)

Rick Santorum has a new job as CEO of a Dallas-based Christian movie company, EchoLight Studios.

“This is the right place and right time, and I’ve jumped in with both feet,” the former Pennsylvania senator and 2012 presidential candidate said in a statement. “I often say that culture is upstream from politics, and I know entertainment  also can be strength and light for people who want to be uplifted and reinforced in their values.”

The studio's first feature film, "The Redemption of Henry Myers," is slated to be released this fall. It's a Western about a bank robber choosing between revenge and Redemption. 

Another film based on the life of an Illinois basketball player is in development.

Santorum, who won 11 primaries and caucuses in last year's election before conceding to Mitt Romney, has made no secret of his interest in another presidential campaign. Along with EchoLight he runs a nonprofit, Patriot Voices, that will raise money for conservative candidates and officials.

In a 2011 speech at the Heritage Foundation, the senator urged Christian conservatives to get involved in popular culture.

“The problem in the past is that you have these people who create these Christian films — great message, terrible acting, horrible editing,” Santorum said. “They are not entertaining, they’re preachy.”

In that speech, he said that conservatives needed to go to Hollywood. But “Dallas can become the Hollywood of the faith-and-family movie market," he said Monday.

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