Alex Gibney is directing the movie. It stars Kevin Spacey as the Narrator, Hilary Swank as a GAO Auditor and Ty Burrell as an economics professor. Due to Spacey’s work on House of Cards, he made an excellent choice as narrator.
The story is about our growing federal debt and what happens if we cannot pay back what we owe. Let’s just say the consequences will not only affect America, but the global economy as well.
It takes place partly in Washington DC and partly in a soundstage where Spacey interviewed Swank and Burrell. For some scenes, we had to shoot in and around Washington DC.
It was made in August 2014. It’s set in present day.
I was intrigued by the idea of doing a documentary. And was very concerned about the 17.7 trillion dollar federal debt. So combining the two ideas made for an interesting, different challenge. As a GAO Auditor, Swank had to look at where the US spent all their expenses and earned all their income to give us insight into the federal budget. As a professor, Burrell explains the economic portions such as why the US government can make money while we, as citizens, cannot and the history of the federal debt (let’s just say that there’s some historical context for that).
It came together for three reasons. One, Horizon Pictures needed a new release which hasn’t happened in over a month. Two, I wanted to do a film that had only a handful of characters. And three, I wanted to work with Kevin Spacey. Being able to add Yoda Winner Hilary Swank was a nice bonus.
Tags: 5 Ws and How, Death By Debt, Hilary Swank, Horizon Pictures, Kevin Spacey, Ty Burrell