December 19, 2014

I.O.U.S.A. -- The Movie

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About I.O.U.S.A.

The critically-acclaimed "I.O.U.S.A." documentary, directed by Patrick Creadon ("Wordplay"), follows The Concord Coalition's "Fiscal Wake-Up Tour" and tells the story of America's four key deficits - budget, savings, balance of payments and leadership - and their implications for the nation and U.S. citizens.

Now available on DVD, (see IOUSAtheMovie.com for more info,) the movie, an official selection of the 2008 Sundance Film Festival, features Concord Coalition Executive Director Robert Bixby and Fiscal Wake-Up Tour keynote speaker, former Comptroller General of the U.S., David Walker. It contains interviews with Concord Coalition President Peter G. Peterson and Concord Board members Robert Rubin and Paul Volcker. There is also rare footage of The Concord Coalition's first media event, a press conference below the National Debt Clock in Times Square, with founders Paul Tsongas, Warren Rudman and Pete Peterson.

Using candid interviews, archival footage and economic data, "I.O.U.S.A." presents a vivid, alarming profile of America's current financial status. 

What they're saying about I.O.U.S.A

"...an alternately amusing and alarming primer on America's off-the-charts fiscal irresponsibility."

— Justin Chang | Variety.com

 

"...most unexpectedly frightening movie in the [Sundance Film] festival."

— Kenneth Turan | Los Angeles Times

 

Roll Call Newspaper Excerpt, July 14, 2008
By Torey Van Oot

  "Fiscal responsibility might not seem like a sexy enough topic to compete with box office blockbusters on the big screen.

Just ask the Concord Coalition’s Robert Bixby, who has been touring the nation for three years sounding off on the fiscal challenges facing the country. News about the deficit, he says, is more fittingly described as a “cold shower” than a hot item.

“We come after the sexy message, to cool people off,” he explains in “I.O.U.S.A.,” a new documentary to be released nationwide in August.

But as politicians and deficit hawks decry the disastrous state of the nation’s finances, “I.O.U.S.A.” takes a stab at presenting an issue in a package that is palatable to the general public.

"...'I.O.U.S.A.' weaves together the personal experiences of former Comptroller General David Walker and Bixby as they traverse the country on their “Fiscal Wake-up Tour,” as well as number-crunching graphics and interviews with economists, lawmakers and former presidential appointees to present the issue in layman’s terms.

"...[Film Director Patrick] Creadon knew the film needed a human touch to attract a wide audience, and Bixby and Walker, whom he calls “the Abbott and Costello of fiscal responsibility,” shine in the role. It was a pleasant surprise for Creadon, who initially approached them for interviews because of they were also mentioned in the book “Empire of Debt” by Bill Bonner and Addison Wiggin, which was the impetus for the film.

“Right away, we realized that these were our stars,” Creadon said. “You can’t possibly tell the story A to Z in 90 minutes, but we think the film is a conversation-starter. It gets the ball rolling."

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