An Animated Look at the Debt Crisis

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Ultra-timely SPENDINGISNUTS.COM video features animated look at the debt crisis that caused stock market dive, S&P downgrade, and debt ceiling fight wins $100,000 Power Line Award.

Justin Folk, Winner of Powerline Prize

I feel like the squirrel allegory allows people to absorb the story unguarded, not pointing fingers at any one political party. I wanted to reach independents, conservatives, and liberals. Our debt, after all, belongs to all of us.

Justin Folk, the Los Angeles based creator of the short film, couldn’t be more pleased that “Squirrels,” as it’s known informally, is touching a cord with viewers. (The film is available at http://www.spendingisnuts.com and on YouTube).

The unassuming short film, The Spending is Nuts, is barely 4 minutes long, with simple animation, cute furry creatures and a soft voiceover that could be found in a Disney movie trailer. But it’s the message behind the The Spending is Nuts film that is catapulting it across the Internet as the latest viral sensation, and scoring its creator a $100,000 prize in the process.

“Most people don’t want to think about debt or the dangers it holds. When you consider what debt can do and has done to nations throughout history, we’d be fools to not recognize our country’s solvency as the single greatest issue we face today. In my piece, I wanted to not just show how bad the problem is, but I sought to convey how we got to this point, and our choices moving forward,” said Folk.

The short film has secured Justin a nationally syndicated radio interview on the Hugh Hewitt Show, who was one of the judges that selected the film from several hundred entries in the Power Line/Freedom Club contest. Folk says he’s hoping for more on-air and on-line exposure for his squirrelly look at the debt crisis.

“I feel like the squirrel allegory allows people to absorb the story unguarded, not pointing fingers at any one political party. I wanted to reach independents, conservatives, and liberals. Our debt, after all, belongs to all of us.”

Ask Justin:
-- What inspired him to enter the Power Line / Freedom Club contest
-- Why so few creative types focus on issues like debt
-- Why he sees the national debt as the single greatest issue affecting the nation
-- How the squirrel allegory makes it easier for everyday Americans to understand how the debt crisis came to be

Justin Folk is the owner of Digital Astronauts, a production and post-production company located in Los Angeles that specializes in commentary, satire, and messaging. After graduating from Chapman School of Film and Television, Justin worked in television and feature films, including Anger Management, The Matrix Reloaded, The Matrix Revolutions, and The Incredible Hulk. Currently, Justin is working with novelist and screenwriter Andrew Klavan, creating the visuals for the political commentary/satire web series “Klavan on the Culture” on PJTV.

To arrange an interview with Justin, please contact rebecca(at)allenmediastrategies(dot)com

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