Directed by Karin Hayes + Victoria Bruce
80 min | 2012 | USA
**Director Karin Hayes and expert Lee Sheppard, a contributing editor of Tax Notes, a Washington-based weekly tax journal will be in attendance for a post-film Q+A.
America is in the grip of a societal economic panic. Lawmakers cry “We’re Broke!” as they slash budgets, lay off schoolteachers, police, and firefighters, crumbling our country’s social fabric and leaving many Americans scrambling to survive. Meanwhile, multibillion-dollar American corporations like Exxon, Google and Bank of America are making record profits. And while the deficit climbs and the cuts go deeper, these corporations—with intimate ties to our political leaders—are concealing colossal profits overseas to avoid paying U.S. income tax.
We’re Not Broke is the story of how U.S. corporations have been able to hide over a trillion dollars from Uncle Sam, and how seven fed-up Americans from across the country, take their frustration to the streets . . . and vow to make the corporations pay their fair share.
Official Selection – 2012 Sundance Film Festival, 2012 Independent Film Festival Boston, 2012 Dallas International Film Festival.
Karin Hayes’s first independent documentary was the duPont-Columbia University Award-winning film, The Kidnapping of Ingrid Betancourt (HBO/Cinemax 2004). Hayes also co-produced and directed Held Hostage in Colombia, a documentary about three American contractors captured by FARC guerrillas in Colombia, and the 2008 Target® Filmmaker Award-winning film Pip & Zastrow: An American Friendship. Hayes has contributed to other directors’ films including Paul Rachman’s 2006 Sundance documentary American Hardcore: the history of American punk rock from 1980-1986 (Sony Pictures Classics), and Brian Liu’s and Mary Wareham’s film Disarm, about the devastating effects of landmines. Hayes has also worked on productions for PBS, National Geographic Channel, the Travel Channel, the Discovery Channel, and with The Cronkite Ward Company for TLC/Discovery Networks. In addition to feature documentary projects, Hayes has produced videos for the Smithsonian Institution, National Museum of the American Indian, and worked for the Smithsonian Folklife Festival. In 2010 Hayes’s first book, Hostage Nation: Colombia’s guerilla army and the failed war on drugs (co-authored with Victoria Bruce) was published by Knopf. Hayes graduated from UCLA with a degree in World Arts & Cultures, and lives in New York City.
Lee Sheppard is a contributing editor of Tax Notes, a Washington-based weekly tax journal. Trained as a lawyer, she is essentially a legal commentator on tax questions, and is well known for her trenchant observations. She covers all areas of the tax law, including international taxation, corporate taxation, partnership taxation, bankruptcy tax questions, pensions and tax accounting questions. She is frequently asked to speak on tax subjects. Tax Analysts, the publisher of Tax Notes and related publications, is a nonprofit publisher that provides the latest and most in-depth tax information worldwide.
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