An interesting new documentary about credit card debt entitled "Maxed Out" will make its world premiere at the South by Southwest (SXSW) Film Festival in Austin, Texas on March 10-18. The documentary provides a comical and, at the same time, disturbing glimpse into what makes Americans addicted to credit card debt. "Maxed Out" will be part of the festival's Documentary Feature Competition, which includes other films that contain themes about the world economy. The documentary is directed by James Scurlock.

A documentary about credit card debt is indeed unique. In fact, as far as I know, this is uncharted territory. Let's hope that the documentary does well in the competition and brings some negative publicity to one of America's worst addictions. Considering that the average American family has roughly $8,000-$10,000 of card debt (depending on the survey that you reference), a documentary of this type is long past overdue (yes a pun was intended!).

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