I Am is a 2011 documentary film written, narrated, and directed by Tom Shadyac. The documentary explores Shadyac's personal journey after a 2007 bicycle accident, "the nature of humanity"[1] and "world's ever-growing addiction to materialism."[2] The film, shot with Shadyac and a team of four,[3] contrasts sharply with Shadyac's previous comedic work.



Shadyac had suffered post-concussion syndrome after a 2007 bicycle accident in Virginia,[2] experiencing months of acute headaches and hyper-sensitivity to light and noise. The injury followed the cumulative effects of previous mild head injuries Shadyac had suffered surfing, mountain biking and playing basketball.[2]

A 2011 New York Times article stated that: "the symptoms of a concussion [didn't] go away. Something as simple as a trip to the grocery store was painful for Shadyac, whose brain was unable to filter various stimuli. After medical treatments failed to help, he isolated himself completely, sleeping in his closet and walling the windows of his mobile home with black-out curtains. As his symptoms finally began to subside, the director wanted to share his inner quest in the way he knew best: through film."[4] Shadyac likened the experience to Dante's Seventh Circle of Hell.[5]

Shadyac subsequently gave away his excess fortune, opening a homeless shelter in Charlottesville, Virginia[1] and making a key donation to Telluride, Colorado's effort to set aside a natural area at the town's entrance.[6] He reoriented and simplified his life, sold his 17,000 square foot Los Angeles mansion[2] and moved into a trailer park – albeit the exclusive Paradise Cove park in Malibu.[7]

Film context

In the film, Shadyac interviews scientists, religious leaders, environmentalists and philosophers including Desmond Tutu, Noam Chomsky, Lynne McTaggart, Elisabet Sahtouris, David Suzuki, Howard Zinn, and Thom Hartmann. The film asks two central questions[8]: What’s Wrong With the World? and What Can We Do About it?. It is about "human connectedness, happiness, and the human spirit."[3] Exploring themes including Darwinism, Western mores, loneliness, the economy, the drive to war, the documentary includes animated scenes explaining scientific concepts[4] as well as clips from the films Wall Street and It's a Wonderful Life.[9]


The L.A. Times said the film "was collection of sound bites that validate the filmmaker's point of view."[10] Roger Ebert gave the film a negative review, stating that the "film is often absurd."[11] Proceeds from the documentary go to the Foundation for I Am, which supports various charities.[12]

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  1. ^ a b "Director Tom Shadyac: 'I've been called crazy many times'". USA Today, March 24, 2011, Ann Oldenburg. http://content.usatoday.com/communities/entertainment/post/2011/03/director-tom-shadyac-ive-been-called-crazy-many-times/1?csp=34. 
  2. ^ a b c d "Tom Shadyac: the hit movie director who turned a camera on the Hollywood world he gave up". The Observer, Sunday, January 16, 2011, Paul Harris. http://www.guardian.co.uk/film/2011/jan/16/tom-shadyac-hollywood-movies-film. 
  3. ^ a b "Tom Shadyac is Not Your Typical Hollywood Director". Pepperdine Magazine, April 8, 2011, Sarah Fisher. http://magazine.pepperdine.edu/index.php/2011/04/tom-shadyac-is-not-your-typical-hollywood-director/. 
  4. ^ a b "‘I Am’ by the Director Tom Shadyac". The New York Times, March 18, 2011, Rachel Saltz. http://movies.nytimes.com/2011/03/18/movies/i-am-by-the-director-tom-shadyac-review.html?scp=1&sq=tom%20shadyac&st=cse. 
  5. ^ "Interview: 'I Am' filmmaker Tom Shadyac steps back to explore the big picture". The Seattle Times, February 24, 2011, John Hartl. http://seattletimes.nwsource.com/html/movies/2014320329_iaminterview25.html. 
  6. ^ "Setback for S.D. industrialist, Telluride raises $50 million to block development plan". The San Diego Union-Tribune, May 10, 2007, Bruce Bigelow. http://www.signonsandiego.com/uniontrib/20070510/news_1b10blue.html. 
  7. ^ "Bohemian Cove". Vanity Fair, Vanessa Grigoriadis, March 2011. http://www.vanityfair.com/hollywood/features/2011/03/paradise-cove-201103?currentPage=1. 
  8. ^ "Bridgewater native co-produces 'I AM – The Documentary' by director Tom Shadyac". The Messenger Gazette, November 27, 2010, Lynn Weckworth. http://www.nj.com/messenger-gazette/index.ssf/2010/11/bridgewater_native_co-produces_i_am_the_documentary_by_director_tom_shadyac.html. 
  9. ^ "'I Am': Rare feel-good documentary explores happiness and the meaning of life". The Seattle Times, February 24, 2011, John Hartl. http://seattletimes.nwsource.com/html/movies/2014320323_mr25iam.html. 
  10. ^ "Movie review: 'I Am'". The L.A. Times, Sheri Linden,March 11, 2011. http://www.latimes.com/entertainment/news/la-et-i-am-20110311,0,6954802.story. 
  11. ^ "I Am". rogerebert.com, Roger Ebert, April 21, 2011. http://rogerebert.suntimes.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20110421/REVIEWS/110429996. 
  12. ^ "‘Ace Ventura’ meets Bishop Desmond Tutu in Tom Shadyac’s documentary ‘I Am’". Washington Post, Lydia Chammas, March 26, 2011. http://www.washingtonpost.com/lifestyle/style/ace-ventura-meets-bishop-desmond-tutu-in-tom-shadyacs-documentary-i-am/2011/03/22/AFEN7GWB_story.html. 

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