Duo makes documentary on tax system

LAWRENCEVILLE -- Nathan Thomas McGill and Vincent Vittorio have become sort of experts on the U.S. tax system.

The duo, owners of the production company Life is My Movie Entertainment, have produced a feature-length documentary film that offers an in-depth look at the system and its history.

"We kind of joke around that we should receive some honorary degree for the amount of books and information we've retained," Vittorio said.

"An Inconvenient Tax" tackles what Vittorio admitted can be a boring subject of which the average American isn't very knowledgeable.

"I have to admit that I was fairly ignorant of the topic as was the rest of our crew until we got fairly into it," he said.

To offer insight into the tax system, as well as proposed reforms, Life is My Movie Entertainment secured interviews with top economic experts, commentators and political voices, including former IRS commissioner Charles Rossotti, Steve Forbes of Forbes Inc., former Arkansas governor Mike Huckabee, U.S. Congressman John Linder, former House Majority Leader Dick Armey and political activist Noam Chomsky among others.

"The ideas for reform aren't merely conservative or liberal views," said McGill, a Lawrenceville resident, "we also took into account economic standpoints of the nations top economists as well as that of academia."

"We've got a lot of very big names involved," Vittorio added, "and that's something that I think speaks to the value of the content. These people speak in a way that really kind of gives you the credential and gives you the substance for people to understand this is really important."

But unlike traditional documentaries, he added, "An Inconvenient Tax" is more than talking head after talking head.

"Taxes are this boring, boring topic, and that's one of the problems with it," he said. "When you tell people, 'Oh, we made a film on tax reform,' and right away, it's like, 'Who's going to want to see this?'"

But Vittorio hopes the reactions they have received from members of the test groups screening the film are indicative of what the public reaction might be.

"People really enjoyed the ride and didn't realize a topic like this could be so interesting," he said. "We're doing a lot of things that kind of keep the entertainment factor up so that people who finish watching this film about a boring topic are never bored."

Pet project

The commitment to making the documentary came about after McGill and Vittorio decided to close the doors of their Lawrenceville office and focus on documentary and narrative film making. The duo sat down with three solid ideas for projects to pursue.

"After tax season just passing and knowing all the problems, complexities and craziness with it, this is an issue that I feel from all the three films we were looking at to produce, this is an issue that I think Americans will care about," Vittorio said.

"There are 175 million taxpayers in this country," McGill added, "and we wanted to create something that everyone could watch and use the information our experts present to make their own decision about how we tax Americans in the future."

A large portion of the film and some of the narrative footage was shot in Lawrenceville and throughout Gwinnett County.

"It was really nice," Vittorio said of the location, "because we got to use a lot of people who were locals that did help out on the production site or as some of the extras in the film."

McGill and Vittorio even wrote a book during production that will be finished when the film is released and have compiled an educational supplement that will be available for colleges and universities.

""We love this country and we want to see it thrive," McGill said. "That's why we made this film. That's why we spent unhealthy amounts of time on the road and a year in Lawrenceville editing the film in an objective, non-partisan, yet entertaining way. We want every American to see this film."

For more insight into "An Inconvenient Tax," visit www.aninconvenienttax.com.