Event: Screening of documentary film, "An Inconvenient Tax," followed by panel discussion with University of Texas at Austin tax and policy experts and filmmaker Vincent Vittorio.
When: April 19, 7 p.m. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. for University of Texas at Austin students and at 6:45 p.m. for the public. Admission is free.
Where: Blanton Museum of Art Theater
Background: "An Inconvenient Tax," a documentary film produced by Vincent Vittorio and directed by Christopher Marshall, explores the notion that America's tax system is broken. But rather than taking a particular political point of view and proposing the solution, the film features an eclectic mix of economists, academics, historians, politicians and bureaucrats, including Noam Chomsky, Steve Forbes, Mike Huckabee, Dave M. Walker and others, who seek to unravel this tangled issue through discussions of the history of the income tax, problems in the tax code and by offering insights on how to move forward.
"Audiences have told us they have a better grasp of the tax code, and even accountants have said they see things differently," Vittorio said. "We focused on the history as a way to understand how to devise an effective solution."
The filmmakers have opted to screen the film at universities, often accompanied by scholars to continue the conversation with the audience. The panel at The University of Texas at Austin will include:
- Lillian Mills, professor and Deloitte Centennial Fellow in Accounting in the McCombs School of Business (moderator)
- Brian Lendecky, lecturer in the Department of Accounting
- Robert Peroni, Fondren Foundation Centennial Chair for Faculty Excellence in the School of Law
- John Robinson, C. Aubrey Smith Professor in Accounting
- Vincent Vittorio, writer and producer, "An Inconvenient Tax"
Vincent Vittorio founded Life Is My Movie in 2001 as an avenue for film and television ventures. In his work, Vittorio focuses on the human condition as a social construct. A graduate of the University of Florida, Vittorio earned a Bachelor of Science in Journalism with an emphasis in Telecommunication Production as well as a Bachelor of Arts in English with a concentration in Film and Media Studies. In addition, Vittorio has completed coursework at Savannah College of Art and Design and Spalding University in Film and Television Production and Screenwriting, respectively.
The latest trailer for the film will be made available April 15 on www.AnInconvenientTax.com.