SYNOPSISFILMMAKERSEXPERTS

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.

Karin Hayes

Victoria Bruce

Directors/Producers Karin Hayes and Victoria Bruce are the recipients of the duPont-Columbia University Award for excellence in broadcast journalism for their first film, The Kidnapping of Ingrid Betancourt (HBO/Cinemax). Bruce and Hayes also produced and directed Held Hostage in Colombia, a documentary about three American contractors captured and held hostage by FARC guerrillas in Colombia, and the 2008 Target® Filmmaker Award-winning Pip & Zastrow: An American Friendship. In 2010, they co-authored the award-winning non-fiction book Hostage Nation: Colombia’s Guerrilla Army and the Failed War on Drugs, published by Knopf.

Charles Davidson

Executive Producer Charles Davidson is the Publisher of The American Interest magazine. Since 2006 he has been active in policy advocacy and with a think tank regarding the malevolent role of secrecy jurisdictions in facilitating financial malfeasance, including tax evasion and the looting of developing countries. Prior to public policy, he was in the computer industry, most recently in venture capital.

Cindy Lee

Cindy Lee is a New York-based editor working in documentary and narrative film. Her editing credits include: Hot Coffee, which premiered at Sundance in 2011 and was broadcast on HBO; the Oscar-nominated No End In Sight, which won the Sundance Special Jury Prize and New York Film Critics Circle Best Documentary in 2007; and Hotel Gramercy Park, which earned a Special Jury Mention at the 2008 Tribeca Film Festival. She was an assistant editor on Half Nelson, starring Ryan Gosling. Her television credits include e2: The Economies of Being Environmentally Conscious, a PBS series narrated by Brad Pitt. Most recently, she edited Una Noche, a narrative set in Cuba, premiering at the Berlin Film Festival 2012.

Bryan Litt

Director of Photography Bryan Litt is an independent filmmaker, DP, and writer from Washington, DC. His short films OCD Love Story, Changes and Educating Cooper have screened at festivals around the world , winning numerous awards for writing and directing. As a cameraman, Bryan has recently completed the shooting of several documentaries and a television program featuring Foster The People. When he doesn’t have a camera in his hands, he collects old records, vintage sports memorabilia, international folk art, and fine Kentucky bourbons.

Dan Radlauer

Over the past twenty years, Dan Radlauer has composed music for over 200 Television episodes, numerous Feature Films and over 1,000 commercials for companies including: Coke, Nissan, Pizza Hut, Acura, Microsoft, Denny’s, Mazda, Mattel and many others. Dan is the composer for the VH1 Reality Hits “Ochocinco; The Ultimate Catch”, “The Surreal Life” Flavor of Love” and “For the Love Of Ray J”. He also scored the music for StyleNetwork’s “Ruby” as well as Joel Silver’s “Next Action Star” on NBC. He scored the TBSseries “Outback Jack” as well as “Set for Life” on ABC and “Same Name” on CBS. Dan has done the score for a number of “indy” feature motion pictures, as well as contributing to both score and soundtrack of Mummy III. He has received numerous BMI TV Music Awards. From 1990 to 1993 his music was featured as theme music for the Sally Jesse Raphael Show and the Jerry Springer Show. He wrote the theme for the “Disney Block Party” cartoon series, and has scored a cartoon series for Nickelodeon. He also wrote the theme for “Hogan Knows Best.” His music is heard internationally from Theme Parks in Asia, to commercials in Australia, Europe and Russia to the Montrose Jazz Festival in Switzerland. He frequently donates his time and talents to non-profit organizations composing music for public service announcements and fund raising videos. An accomplished pianist, guitarist, bassist, orchestrator and synthesizer programmer, Dan has the ability to compose in many styles from classical, jazz and symphonic music, to rock, techno, hip hop and sound design. He is also frequently asked to collaborate on lyrics for songs and jingles.
+/-

Laura Seltzer

Field Producer & Additional Camera Laura Seltzer founded Seltzer Film & Video for the purpose of producing social action videos that inspire change. As an independent filmmaker, Laura produces and shoots many of her award winning projects. From non-profits with cost effective budgets to high end corporate videos, she works closely with clients to create a professional, high-quality product. Her videos and television specials include the multi-award winning documentary The Last Boat Out narrated by Sam Waterston (PBS 2010). The film is about a family of Watermen tirelessly trying to continue working the waters of Chesapeake Bay in the face of diminishing harvests in a polluted bay. This film is part of the documentary series currently in production called Voices of the Chesapeake.
Jack Blum, Tax Attorney and Investigator

Jack Blum is a Washington, D.C. lawyer who specializes in issues of money laundering, financial crime, and international tax evasion. He spent fourteen years as a Senate investigator with the Senate Antitrust Subcommittee and the Senate Foreign Relations Committee. He played a central role in the Lockheed Aircraft bribery investigation of the 1970s, which led to the passage of the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act, and in the investigation of the Bank of Credit and Commerce International. He is currently chair of Tax Justice Network USA, and the Violence Policy Center. He obtained a J.D. from Columbia Law School and a B.A. in Psychology from Bard College.

+/- Chuck Collins, Senior Scholar, Institute for Policy Studies

Chuck Collins is a senior scholar at the Institute for Policy Studies (IPS). He is author of the new book, 99 to 1: How Wealth Inequality is Wrecking the World and What We Can Do About It. He directs IPS’s Program on Inequality and the Common Good –and co-edits inequality.org, the nation’s premiere web portal for data, analysis and commentary on extreme wealth inequality. He cofounded Wealth for the Common Good and Patriotic Millionaires, two networks of business leaders, high net worth individuals and partners working for shared prosperity and fair taxation. He is author of several books including Wealth and Our Commonwealth: Why America Should Tax Accumulated Fortunes, co-authored with Bill Gates Sr., and Moral Measure of the Economy, with Mary Wright.

+/- Jesse Drucker, Reporter, Bloomberg News Robert Goulder, Editor-in-Chief, Tax Analysts James Henry, Economist and Author, The Blood Bankers

Mr. Henry is a leading management consultant, with a special emphasis on competitive technology strategies. He has served as VP Strategy, Lotus Development Corporation; Firm Economist, McKinsey & Company; and Manager, Business Development/ Chairman’s Office, GE. He has managed projects on a wide variety of strategy issues for many prominent multinational companies. He is a founding partner of International Venture Partners, a direct equity investment firm based in San Paulo, Brazil.
Mr. Henry has also written extensively about business and technology issues. His articles have appeared in The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, The New Republic, The Washington Post, U.S. News and World Report, Manhattan Inc., Harpers, The Washington Monthly, Fortune Magazine, Business Week, Newsweek, Time Magazine, The Tax Lawyer, International Development Report, Jornal do Brasil, The Manilla Chronicle, La Nacion, and El Financiero. He is also the author of several books and anthologies. His work has taken him to many emerging markets, including Russia, China, the Philippines, South Africa, Namibia, the Sudan, Brazil, Venezuela, Chile, Zimbabwe and Mexico. He is an honors graduate of Harvard College (B.A., Social Studies, Phi Beta Kappa), The Harvard Law School (J.D.), The Harvard Graduate School of Arts and Sciences (M.S. Economics), and a member of the New York Bar since 1978.

+/- David Cay Johnston, Pulitzer-Prize winning Author and Journalist, Reuters Edward Kleinbard, Professor, USC Gould School of Law

Edward D. Kleinbard is a Professor of Law at the University of Southern California’s Gould School of Law, and a Fellow at The Century Foundation. Professor Kleinbard joined USC Law in 2009. Before joining USC Law, Professor Kleinbard served as Chief of Staff of the U.S. Congress’s nonpartisan Joint Committee on Taxation.
Professor Kleinbard’s work focuses on the taxation of capital income, international tax issues, and the political economy of taxation. His recent papers include Stateless Income (Florida Tax Review), The Lessons of Stateless Income (Tax Law Review), The Better Base Case (Tax Notes), Herman Cain’s 9-9-9 Plan (Tax Notes), and Tax Expenditure Framework Legislation (National Tax Journal). Professor Kleinbard has testified before the Congress on tax policy matters, and has written opinion pieces for The New York Times, the Huffington Post, CNN.com, and other media outlets.
Prior to his appointment to the Staff of the Joint Committee on Taxation, Kleinbard was for over 20 years a partner in the New York office of Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton LLP. Professor Kleinbard received his J.D. from Yale Law School, and his M.A. in History and B.A. in Medieval and Renaissance Studies from Brown University.

+/- Frank Knapp, South Carolina Small Business Chamber of Commerce Senator Carl Levin, Michigan (D) David Marchant, Publisher and Journalist, Offshore Alert Dan Mitchell, Co-Founder, Center for Freedom and Prosperity Nicholas Shaxson, Author, Treasure Islands Lee Sheppard, Tax Attorney and Contributing Editor, Tax Notes

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.

+/- Martin Sullivan, Economist and Journalist, Tax Notes Rebecca Wilkins, Attorney, Citizens for Tax Justice

Rebecca Wilkins is Senior Counsel for Federal Tax Policy for Citizens for Tax Justice and the Institute on Taxation and Economic Policy. She joined CTJ/ITEP in January 2009 where she focuses on all aspects of federal tax policy including corporate, individual, trusts and estates, with a special emphasis on the U.S. taxation of international transactions and offshore tax haven abuse. She was a co-author of CTJ/ITEP’s 2011 Corporate Taxpayers and Corporate Tax Dodgers. Prior to joining CTJ/ITEP, she spent more than 20 years as a practicing CPA specializing in tax, particularly for high-net-worth clients, at the international accounting firm of KPMG and at a local Denver firm. Rebecca has a J.D. and a Masters in Taxation from the University of Denver and was an instructor in the University’s Graduate Tax Program.

+/- Jeffrey Winters, Professor of Political Economy, Northwestern University

Jeffrey A. Winters is a professor of politics and Director of the Equality Development and Globalization Studies (EDGS) program at Northwestern University. His new book, Oligarchy (Cambridge University Press, 2011), won the American Political Science Association’s 2012 award for the best book in comparative politics. He is researching and writing a new book entitled The Wealth Defense Industry in America.

+/-
Join the Movement for Tax Justice!
Name:
Zip Code:
Submit
We will keep you updated with related news and events.