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Love & Taxes

Directed by Jacob Kornbluth

Narrative Feature
USA| 1 hr 38 min | 2015

Love & Taxes is a riveting comic tale of seven years of tax avoidance. Following the possibly real-life exploits of Josh Kornbluth, an autobiographical monologist, Love & Taxes is a comedy that blends solo performance and scripted scenes to bring the subjective reality of the storyteller hilariously to life.

Despite working for a high-powered tax attorney, Josh hasn’t filed his taxes in seven years. Josh had what he recalls as a blissful childhood with his radical parents, living “outside the system,” and he has been clinging to that fringe identity for his whole life. But when his boss persuades him to join the system, almost mystically things start going well for Josh. His performing career takes off, his solo shows are “optioned” by major Hollywood studios, he and his brother Jake (Jacob Kornbluth, Inequality for All, Sundance 2013) decide to make movies together – and he meets the woman of his dreams, Sara.

But while Sara wants Josh to join society and take care of his debts, Josh isn’t paying attention to his finances. He and his brother Jake are busy trying to get Haiku Tunnel (Sundance 2001) into the Sundance Film Festival, and Josh has fallen for the manipulations of an unscrupulous tax lawyer, who now might own the rights to their film. Josh soon finds himself broke: his tax-avoidance problems have ballooned into a tax nightmare that threatens all of the great new things in his life.

Love & Taxes is a middle-aged coming-of-age story — a tale showing that even those on the fringes of our political and economic system long to become providers. It is also, quite possibly, the first ever pro-tax romantic comedy. Above all, Love & Taxes is the perfect comedy for our troubled political times.

Love and Taxes

Love and Taxes - Jacob Kornbluth

Jacob Kornbluth

Jacob Kornbluth is an award winning writer and director of feature films, TV, and theater. He has had 3 feature films premiere at the Sundance Film Festival – HAIKU TUNNEL (Sony Pictures Classics) and THE BEST THEIF IN THE WORLD (Showtime Independent) were narrative films, and INEQUALITY FOR ALL (Radius / Weinstein) was a documentary. INEQUALITY, his most recent film, won the special jury prize for excellence in filmmaking at Sundance 2013, did the best box office for an issue doc since WAITING FOR SUPERMAN, and is out on DVD now. In 2014 he worked on the Showtime series about climate change, “Years of Living Dangerously”, that is executive produced by James Cameron, Arnold Swartzenegger, and Jerry Weintraub. His work on that show won an Emmy.

Jacob started his career as a writer and director in the theater. He collaborated on and directed three successful solo shows in San Francisco. “THE MOISTURE SEEKERS”, “PUMPING COPY” (both with Josh Kornbluth), and “THE FACE BY THE DOOR” (with Christina Robbins). All three were nominated for or won “Best Of The Bay” awards and successfully toured the country, and a later version of “THE MOISTURE SEEKERS” (called “Red Diaper Baby”) has been included in anthologies of the best one man shows of the 90’s.
Currently Jacob lives and works as a screenwriter and a director in Berkeley, CA.

Film Information

Director: Jacob Kornbluth
Country: USA
Year: 2015
Language: English
Runtime: 1 hour 38 min


Producers: Josh Kornbluth, Jacob KornbluthBrian Newman, Lynn Webb, and Raub Shapiro
Executive Producers: David R. Fuchs and Lisa Kleiner-Chanoff
Writer:  Josh Kornbluth
Cinematographer: Hiro Narita
Original Music: Marco D’Ambrosio

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