Scaling the U.S. mountain of debtI.O.U.S.A.:

See America's economic crisis up on the big screen

Three Bay area theaters host single-night screenings of I.O.U.S.A. this Thursday evening. The new economics documentary and Sundance contender focuses on the country's mountain of national debt, its causes — an ever-growing government and military, increased international competition, strained entitlement programs, debts to foreign countries — and its consequences, increasing gasoline, food and health-care costs and their relation to the debt and solutions to present-day financial challenges.

After the presentation, audiences are invited to stick around and enjoy a live simulcast of a town-hall-style discussion about America's economic crisis with a panel of financial leaders and policy experts: Berkshire Hathaway CEO and world-renowned investor Warren Buffett; Pete Peterson, senior chairman of the Blackstone Group; Dave Walker, former U.S. comptroller and current president and CEO of the Peter G. Peterson Foundation; CATO Institute Chairman William Niskanen; and Bill Novelli, CEO of AARP.

I.O.U.S.A., Thurs., Aug. 21, 8 p.m., Regency 20, 2496 W. Brandon Blvd., Brandon; Woodland Square 20, 3128 Tampa Road, Oldsmar; and Citrus Stadium Park Mall 20, 7999 Citrus Park Town Center Mall, Tampa. Tickets are $12.50 or $18,