July 30, 2008
U.S. Economic Challenges Addressed in Live Discussion With Warren Buffett, Pete Peterson & Dave Walker in Exclusive “I.O.U.S.A.” In-Theatre Event
As gasoline, food and health care costs continue to rise, Americans are looking for solutions to the ever-growing financial challenges being faced today and in the future. I.O.U.S.A.: Live with Warren Buffett, Pete Peterson & Dave Walker addresses these challenges while offering solutions in a one-night-only, exclusive in-theatre event on Thursday, August 21. Theatres across America will become community town halls as five of the nation's most notable financial leaders and policy experts engage in a 45-minute LIVE panel discussion following the viewing of the acclaimed documentary "I.O.U.S.A."
Tickets for the I.O.U.S.A.: Live with Warren Buffett, Pete Peterson & Dave Walker in-theatre event on Thursday, Aug. 21 at 8:00 p.m. ET / 7:00 p.m. CT / 6:00 p.m. MT / 7:30 p.m. PT (tape delayed) are available at presenting theatre box offices and online at www.FathomEvents.com. For a complete list of theatre locations and prices, please visit the website (theatres are subject to change).Panelists Warren Buffett, CEO of Berkshire Hathaway; William Niskanen, chairman of the CATO Institute; Bill Novelli, CEO of AARP; Pete Peterson, senior chairman of The Blackstone Group and chairman of the Peter G. Peterson Foundation; and Dave Walker, president & CEO of the Peter G. Peterson Foundation and former U.S. Comptroller General engage in an informative panel discussion LIVE from Omaha, Neb. The discussion will explore the growth of the national debt and what can be done to make the nation more fiscally sound. Questions will be taken from the live audience in Omaha and through www.IOUSATheMovie.com.
The event echoes the Concord Coalition's "Fiscal Wake-Up Tour" that has brought an honest economic discussion to town halls in more than 40 cities over two years. Featuring Walker, the tour addresses the nation's growing financial challenges and discusses possible solutions to the looming economic dangers faced by all generations.
"Our nation suffers from a fiscal cancer that threatens the future economic well-being of our country, children and grandchildren," says Walker. "This isn't just a financial issue - it's a moral issue. It is immoral to keep kicking this can down the road for younger generations to grapple with. It's time for real action rather than more rhetoric."
NCM Fathom, the Peterson Foundation and Roadside Attractions ("Super Size Me"), in association with Agora Financial, The Concord Coalition and the AICPA, present I.O.U.S.A.: Live with Warren Buffett, Pete Peterson & Dave Walker on the big screen in high-definition with Cinema Surround Sound in more than 350 select AMC, Celebration! Cinema, Cinemark USA Inc., Clearview Cinemas, Goodrich Quality Theaters, Kerasotes ShowPlace Theatres, Marcus Theatres, National Amusements and Regal Entertainment Group movie theatres, as well as the Penn Cinema (Lititz, PA) through NCM's exclusive Digital Broadcast Network - North America's largest cinema broadcast network.
The critically acclaimed "I.O.U.S.A." documentary, directed by Patrick Creadon ("Wordplay"), follows the "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. Americans are faced with an ever-expanding government and military, increased foreign competition, and financial obligations that will become ever more difficult to honor absent meaningful reforms. As 78 million baby boomers begin to retire and collect benefits from over-extended entitlement programs, an economic crisis of epic proportions awaits. Using candid interviews, archival footage and economic data, "I.O.U.S.A." presents a vivid, alarming profile of America's current financial status. The conclusion offers suggestions for how best to recreate a fiscally sound nation for future generations. The "I.O.U.S.A." documentary will open in theatres in 10 cities on Aug. 22.
"Fathom is proud to bring this powerful event to Americans looking for solutions to the growing economic crisis faced by everyone," said Dan Diamond, vice president of Fathom. "This is a first-of-its-kind opportunity to hear from our country's top financiers and policy experts, including Warren Buffett, in local community movie theatres and is a must-see for anyone looking to gain a better understanding of what they can do - not only today but for future generations as well."
About National CineMedia, LLC
National CineMedia (NCM) LLC operates the largest digital in-theatre network in North America through long-term agreements with its founding members, AMC Entertainment Inc., Cinemark USA Inc. (NYSE: CNK) and Regal Entertainment Group (NYSE: RGC), the three largest theatre operators in the U.S., and through multi-year agreements with several other theatre operators. NCM LLC produces and distributes its FirstLook pre feature program; cinema and lobby advertising products; comprehensive meeting and event services and other entertainment programming content. NCM LLC's national network includes over 17,000 screens of which over 14,500 are part of the company's Digital Content Network (DCN). NCM LLC's network covers 170 Designated Market Areas(R) (49 of the top 50). During 2007, approximately 685 million patrons attended movies shown in theatres currently included in our network. National CineMedia, Inc. (NASDAQ: NCMI) owns a 42.3% interest in and is the managing member of NCM LLC. For additional information, visit www.ncm.com or www.FathomEvents.com.
About Roadside Attractions
Roadside Attractions is an independent film distribution company committed to championing films that entertain, delight, and enlighten audiences of all kinds. The company works with filmmakers to devise innovative marketing strategies that encourage audiences to see films that are not typical studio fare. Currently in release is world renowned commercial director, Tarsem's , THE FALL, Starring Lee Pace, and presented by David Fincher and Spike Jonze. Also in theatres is BEFORE THE RAINS, a moving and poetic story directed by Santosh Sivan, CSNY: DEJA VU featuring Crosby, Stills, Nash and Young on their Freedom of Speech Tour and Jason Freeland's GARDEN PARTY. Next up will be Neil Burger's THE LUCKY ONES, Toby Keith's star vehicle BEER FOR MY HORSES and Jason Todd Ipson's EVERYBODY WANTS TO BE ITALIAN.
Previous theatrical releases include the Academy Award(R) nominated SUPER SIZE ME, Independent Spirit Award winner THE ROAD TO GUANTANAMO, box office hits such as AMAZING GRACE, LADIES IN LAVENDER and WHAT THE BLEEP DO WE KNOW? and more recent releases include the Toronto Film Festival People's Choice winner, BELLA; Andrew Wagner's STARTING OUT IN THE EVENING, starring 2007 Tony Award(R) winner Frank Langella which has garnered 2 Independent Spirit Award nominations including Best Actor and Cannes Director's Fortnight hit CARAMEL and Brett Morgen's CHICAGO 10.
About the Peter G. Peterson Foundation
Founded by the senior chairman of The Blackstone Group with a personal commitment of at least $1 billion, the Foundation is dedicated to increasing public awareness of the nature and urgency of several key challenges threatening America's future, and to accelerating action on them. To address these challenges successfully, we will work to bring Americans together to find sensible, long-term solutions that transcend age, party lines and ideological divides in order to achieve real results.
About Agora Financial
Headquartered in Baltimore since 1984 with global affiliate offices in London, Paris, Bonn, Madrid, Dublin, Johannesburg and Melbourne, Agora Financial reaches 894,234 active daily readers and 234,677 paid subscribers with its 15 high intensity investment publications covering every investment sector, from the pink-sheets to resource and energy stocks to macroeconomics and more.
About The Concord Coalition
The Concord Coalition is a nationwide, non-partisan, grassroots organization advocating generationally responsible fiscal policy. The Concord Coalition was founded in 1992 by the late former Senator Paul Tsongas (D-Mass.), former Senator Warren Rudman (R-N.H.), and former U.S. Secretary of Commerce Peter Peterson. Former Senator Bob Kerrey (D-Ne.) was named a co-chair of the Concord Coalition in January 2002. The Concord Coalition is dedicated to educating the public about the causes and consequences of federal budget deficits, the long-term challenges facing America's unsustainable entitlement programs, and how to build a sound economy for future generations. The Concord Coalition's national field staff and loyal group of volunteers cover the country, holding lectures, interactive exercises, conducting classes, giving media interviews, and briefing elected officials and their staffs.