Grassroots (film)

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Grassroots 2012.jpg
Directed by Stephen Gyllenhaal
Produced by Peggy Rajski
Michael Huffington
Matthew Brady
Brent Stiefel
Peggy Case
Written by Justin Rhodes
Stephen Gyllenhaal
Based on Zioncheck for President
by Phil Campbell
Starring Jason Biggs
Joel David Moore
Lauren Ambrose
Cedric The Entertainer
Music by Nick Urata
Cinematography Sean Porter
Edited by Neil Mandelberg
MRB Productions
Votiv Films
Distributed by Samuel Goldwyn Films
Release date
  • June 10, 2012 (2012-06-10)
(Seattle International Film Festival)
Running time
99 min.
Country United States
Language English

Grassroots is a 2012 American film directed by Stephen Gyllenhaal, based on the book Zioncheck for President by Phil Campbell.

Shot in Seattle, the film revolves around a grassroots campaign for Seattle City Council and explores what happens when a dedicated activist tries to realize a vision by seeking political office.


The film tells the story of Phil Campbell (Jason Biggs), a journalist who has just lost his job and gets roped into leading Grant Cogswell's political campaign. Grant, played by Joel David Moore, is Phil's enthusiastic friend whose passion for the monorail inspires him to run for Seattle City Council.[1] Grant is running against Richard McIver, played by Cedric the Entertainer, although McIver has more money and more supporters, Grant's blind passion paired with Phil's strategy makes Grant a contender.[2]


Grassroots movie shoot in Capitol Hill, Seattle


  1. ^ "Jason Biggs to Star in Grassroots Movie - Theater News - Jun 24, 2010". 2010-06-24. Retrieved 2012-02-09. 
  2. ^ "Indie film "Grassroots" filming on the Hill next week | CHS Capitol Hill Seattle". Retrieved 2012-02-09. 

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