Tom Shadyac Sells His First-Person Self-Discovery Doc 'I Am'
We haven't heard anything from Tom Shadyac since the box office disaster that was Evan Almighty, a film that couldn't even be saved from sinking by a real-life ark. However, it looks like we'll find out where he's been for the past couple years on the big screen as Deadline reports the director put together a first-person documentary called I Am, while he was out of the spotlight. Paladin has made a deal to release the doc, which begins after Shadyac had a cycling accident giving him a concussion that lasted for months. Whilst recovering and disoriented, all he could do was reflect on his life, and this his journey in the film began.
In what seems like more of a mid-life crisis gesture, Shadyac sold his house, moved into a trailer park and attempted to reboot his life. The film focuses on his "metamorphosis" throughout this strange time in his life and includes meetings with Noam Chomsky and Archbishop Desmond Tutu. Paladin producer Michael Urman elaborates on the project:
"It's a very visual film, not a talking head movie and it got me thinking a lot about my own life. He speaks to all these people who seem to have answers about mind-body-spirit issues, and they speak to us through him. He'll tell them he's the guy who made Ace Ventura, and most of them never heard of it. Tom is personally living his life differently, and while there's no reason to think he won't have a full and varied career after this, he has changed."
Apparently the film is starting to make a run on the festival circuit starting with Hampton Film Festival this week and even stopping at college campuses throughout the country. It sounds like a very surprising and personal film that combines Shadyac's passion for filmmaking and a genuine reflection on life. While normally I would think an idea like this seems like a publicity stunt, the fact that we're not hearing about it until now, makes it seem very real (unlike all the attention that was given to Joaquin Phoenix's faux antics for Casey Affleck's I'm Still Here). Count me interested. How about you?