‘I Am’ is the incredible story of how one man went from riches to rags and it changed his life for the better. One of Hollywood’s leading comedy directors, Tom Shadyac is the creative force behind such blockbusters as ‘Ace Ventura: Pet Detective’, ‘Liar Liar’, ‘The Nutty Professor’ and ‘Bruce Almighty’. However, in ‘I Am’, Shadyac steps in front of the camera to recount what happened to him after a cycling accident left him incapacitated, possibly for good.
Meeting with a variety of thinkers from the worlds of science, philosophy, academia, and faith–including Noam Chomsky and Archbishop Desmond Tutu–Shadyac emerges with a new sense of purpose, determined to share his own awakening to his prior life of excess and greed and investigate how he as an individual, and we as a race, could improve the way we live our lives. The result is a fresh, energetic, and life-affirming film that that poses two practical and provocative questions: what’s wrong with our world, and what can we do to make it better?
Armed with nothing but his innate curiosity and a camera crew, 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 such luminaries as David Suzuki, Noam Chomsky, Howard Zinn, Archbishop Desmond Tutu and Lynne McTaggart. 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.