Tom Shadyac's I Am trailer
Tom Shadyac was the director of Hollywood films such as Ace Ventura, Liar Liar and Bruce Almighty, he was doing well for himself until he had a biking accident that apparently left him near death. He survived though and had an epiphany about his previous life and film-making.
So he embarked on a journey of interviewing people from all around the world trying to understand what was wrong with the world and how we could fix it, and as he says in the trailer, he's ended up making a film about what's right with the world.
Wow. The scepticism came up early watching this trailer, and not because of the film itself, but initially when it was talking about what was wrong with the world and how we could fix it, I immediately saw the same sorry groups leaping up and claiming it was all offensive and dangerous lies and we shouldn't dare listen to any of it.
Then, as I watched some more and more of the story revealed itself, I started suffering from a different scepticism, the kind you get when you watch these types of documentaries, just who were the faces being interviewed and really what knowledge and understanding do they have about the subject.
Of course the scepticisms and defences are up straight away, but we have to see a documentary before you can make judgement, you have to see the entire presentation of facts before you make a judgement, you have to listen to someone's argument before you respond.
So why don't we do that? Why don't we give the film a go? Well Tom Shadyac's I Am trailer certainly looks rousing, intriguing and funny at the same time, but the tantalising suggestion that there's something amazing that we haven't yet realised about humans, that has never been revealed, and the suggestion that something deeply connects us all, does make me wary and interested both at the same time.
Here's the extended blurb for I Am from TrailerAddict:
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.
Now here's the trailer for I Am. See what you think: