One Nation. Under Stress. In Debt.

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    2008 BFCA Critics Choice Award-Best Documentary Feature Nominee
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    Patrick Creadon was born in Chicago and is a 1989 graduate of the University of Notre Dame. He began his career as one of the youngest cameramen in the history of PBS, shooting and producing cinema-verite style stories for the critically acclaimed series The 90s. He earned his master’s degree in cinematography at the American Film Institute, where his thesis film (on which he served as director of photography) was nominated for a student Academy Award. As a cameraman his work has appeared on every major network, including NBC, CBS, ABC, MTV, VH1, and ESPN. He has also done work for Paramount Pictures, Warner Brothers, Sony, Universal Studios, and Disney. Wordplay, Creadon’s feature-length directorial debut, is a documentary film about The New York Times crossword editor and National Public Radio personality Will Shortz. Wordplay became only the fourth documentary ever to be awarded the “Golden Tomato” from Rottentomatoes.com for “Best Reviewed Documentary of the Year.” Previous winners of this award were Spellbound, Supersize Me, and March Of The Penguins.I.O.U.S.A., Partick Creadon and Christine O’Malley’s second documentary, had its world premiere at the 2008 Sundance Film Festival in the American Documentary competition. The film examines America’s current financial situation and explores ways to avoid a financial breakdown for the country. Kenneth Turan of the Los Angeles Times called it “the most unexpectedly frightening film at Sundance.”

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    Christine O'Malley

    Christine O'Malley was born in Manhattan and raised outside of Chicago. In 2004 Christine served as associate producer on the Academy Award- nominated documentary film Enron: The Smartest Guys In The Room. Wordplay was the first feature-length film she produced through her production company O'Malley Creadon Productions. It was a breakout hit at the 2006 Sundance Film Festival and went on to become the second-highest grossing documentary of 2006. Christine's second documentary, I.O.U.S.A., premiered at Sundance in 2008. It had a successful theatrical run and was broadcast on PBS.

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    The Film

    Veteran filmmaker Patrick Creadon (Wordplay) released his prescient doc, I.O.U.S.A., just as the financial freefall the film predicts was becoming a reality. I.O.U.S.A. boldly examines the rapidly growing national debt and its alarming consequences. As the Baby Boomer generation prepares to retire, will there be any Social Security benefits left to collect? Burdened with an ever-expanding government and military, overextended entitlement programs, and debts to foreign countries, the film contends that America must mend its ways or face an economic disaster of epic proportions.