Here is a post by DirectorDad in response to a Dean Baker critique of the movie “I.O.U.S.A.” that recently appeared on Huffington Post:
After reading Dean Baker’s critique of our documentary “I.O.U.S.A.”, I am left pondering one important question: How could Mr. Baker have possibly come to the conclusion that our film is “one-sided”?
When we started making the film in December of 2006 we set out to find people who are highly knowledgeable and respected in their fields and also who have had a “front-row seat” on matters regarding our federal government and national economy. The true hero — or “star” — of our film is David Walker, the former Comptroller General of the United States. Mr. Walker is a registered independent and has been called “the most respected man in Washington”. As Comptroller General Walker arguably knew more about the financial health of our federal government than any other person in the country.
But we also wanted to speak to people from the business community, the Treasury Department, Congress, and the Federal Reserve. We were very fortunate to get the following people to participate: Warren Buffett and Peter G. Peterson are both interviewed in the film (a Democrat and a Republican, respectively), as are former Treasury Secretaries Robert Rubin and Paul O’Neill (a Democrat and a Republican), the two heads of the Senate Budget Committee Chairman Kent Conrad and Ranking Member Judd Gregg (one from each party, both of whom have called the film “excellent” and have commented that if more people saw this film it would make fixing our nation’s fiscal problems a lot easier), and former Federal Reserve Chairmen Paul Volcker and Alan Greenspan (a Democrat and a Republican). Congressman Ron Paul also appears offering his unique viewpoints. Though these individuals often disagree on different issues, every single one of them agrees that our country — both our individual citizens and our federal government — is living a lifestyle we cannot afford and that doing so will create serious problems for future generations. If we choose to continue to live our lives this way we are going see a financial crisis in the not-too-distant future that will make today’s economic crisis seem small by comparison.
We had three main goals when we started making “I.O.U.S.A.” almost two years ago: we wanted it to be accurate, educational and most importantly non-partisan. When our film opened nationally in August of 2008 it was praised by dozens of film critics for being balanced. The New York Times called our film “resolutely non-partisan.”
In my opinion, the only thing that’s been one-sided about “I.O.U.S.A.” is Dean Baker’s analysis of it.
Patrick Creadon is the director and co-screenwriter of “I.O.U.S.A.” The film has been called “the most important film of 2008″ by more than a dozen critics from across the country and was invited to be screened at both the Democratic and Republican national conventions. For more information about where you can see “I.O.U.S.A.” please visit the film’s website at www.iousathemovie.com and click on “Events” to find a screening in your community. You can also set up a free screening of “I.O.U.S.A.” at your school or community group by writing to firstname.lastname@example.org.