USA, 2010, 76 Minute Running Time
MUST END Thursday, July 7
35mm presentation - I Am, a prismatic and probing exploration of our world, what's wrong with it, and what we can do to make it better, represents writer/director Tom Shadyac's first foray into non-fiction following a career as one of Hollywood's leading comedy practitioners (Ace Ventura, Liar Liar, Bruce Almighty). I Am recounts what happened to the filmmaker after a cycling accident left him incapacitated. Though he ultimately recovered, he emerged a changed man. Disillusioned with life on the A-list, he sold his house, moved to a mobile home community, and decided to start life anew. Shadyac embarks upon a journey to discover how he as an individual, and we as a race, can improve the way we live. Appearing on-screen as character, commentator, guide, and even, at times, guinea pig, Shadyac meets with a variety of thinkers and doers—remarkable men and women from the worlds of science, philosophy and faith—including David Suzuki, Noam Chomsky, Howard Zinn, Archbishop Desmond Tutu, Lynne McTaggart, Ray Anderson, John Francis, Coleman Barks and Marc Ian Barasch. An irrepressible Everyman who asks many questions but offers no easy answers, he takes the audience to places it has never been before, and presents even familiar phenomena in completely new and different ways.
DIRECTOR: Tom Shadyac
US Distributor: Paladin Films
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