Who is Tom Shadyac you might ask? Well Tom Shadyac has been in director’s chair for one of the most recognizable comedic libraries of the current era (Ace Venture: Pet Detective; The Nutty Professor; Bruce Almighty; Liar, Liar; Patch Adams). But after a near-death experience Tom Shadyac gave away all of his money and decided to go on an adventure to explore the human condition and how we can improve the world. With a crew of four cameramen, Tom Shadyac embarked on a journey to ask some of the most brilliant minds throughout the world how we can change for the better. You can get inspired by the trailer after the jump and see the film in February when it is released.
Official Plot Synopsis [via /Film]
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 Tom Shadyac’s first foray into non-fiction following a career as one of Hollywood’s leading comedy practitioners, with such successful titles as “Ace Ventura,” “Liar Liar,” and “Bruce Almighty” to his credit. I AM recounts what happened to the filmmaker after a cycling accident left him incapacitated, possibly for good. 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.
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, 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.