Tom Shadyac is known more for his funny, having directed noted comedic fare like Ace Ventura, The Nutty Professor and Bruce Almighty. His latest cinematic venture however, strays far from the laughs and seeks to find humanity’s greater cause, the documentary-based film I Am.
Inspired by events that altered Shadyac’s life (a serious bike accident), I Am is a quest to find the answers that fuel our world; what is wrong with it and what we can do to change it. 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.
The film’s cause is not just celluloid based either, proceeds from the film will go to The Foundation For I Am, a not-for-profit established by Shadyac to fund various worthy causes and to educate the next generation about the very issues and problems explored in the film.
Is Shadyac on to bigger and better things, or is he, quite possible talking out of his ass? Nonetheless, the film’s promise is a great reason to get behind what looks to be an interesting piece of work.
I Am opens February 2011.