I Am

I Am

DVD - 2011
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The story of a successful Hollywood director, Tom Shadyac, who experienced a life-threatening head injury, and his ensuing journey to try and answer two very basic questions: 'What's wrong with the world?' and 'What can be done about it?' With a film crew of four, Tom visits some of today's great minds, including authors, poets, teachers, religious leaders, and scientists, searching for the fundamental endemic problem that causes all the other problems, while reflecting on his own life choices.
Publisher: [United States] : Gaiam, [2011]
ISBN: 9780766257375
Branch Call Number: 170.44 IAM 2011 23
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (ca. 78 min.) : sd., col. ; 4 3/4 in

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SnoIsleLib_BrianH Jun 01, 2017

Film maker for many high grossing comedy films, Tom Shadyac tackles questions on the serious side of life. It would be easy to dismiss an individual that "had it all" in terms of Hollywood success as someone who couldn't ever really know what it is like to "not have enough" in life, to live in this world. But through his way of communicating in this film, bringing in science behind happiness and humanity, using humor and asking the right questions of significant world figures respected for their insight into the human condition, Shadyac succeeds in gaining a foothold with those asking the "what is life about" question. And from that foothold he launches a new direction for his career and life, bringing a message of love and hope and inspiration to as many people as possible.

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Bucookie
Aug 31, 2016

Don't listen to anyone who talks bad about this documentary. The director went through a life changing experience in which he almost died. This movie is about someone who has experienced all the riches that Hollywood has to offer, yet gives it all up in search for the truth. This movie speaks about love, compassion and cooperation. If you like this movie, you'll like his book "Lifes Operating Manual" which has a lot of good information in it.

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carlboygenius
Sep 10, 2015

Sort of a namby-pamby feel-good woo-woo movie about how a privileged poor-little-rich boy came to "question it all". ••• Some great interview quotes from some of our most astute intellectuals & spiritual leaders. But they are just that: Quotes. Nothing seems developed fully. ••• It's all in service of the privileged poor-little-rich-boy who "see's the light" story. It's still a "ME" story. None of it moves towards people helping other people.

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Rocinha
Jul 19, 2015

It is sweet to find out the little things i do count! I am a Yes and grateful for the sharing in this movie.

avisualfeel Dec 02, 2014

Makes me want to go out and hug somebody!

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Je3000
Nov 16, 2014

I highly recommend this movie .

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bran_simi
Nov 09, 2014

Good movie!

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zigopolous
Aug 27, 2014

Inspiring

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nicci73
Jul 23, 2013

amazing!!!...should be taught in schools...the simplicity just blows my mind...spread the word! :)

ktnv Jul 19, 2013

One mans journey as he explores starting his life anew after a career in Hollywood left him dissatisfied with the choices he was making. With questions put to David Suzuki, Noam Chomsky, Howard Zinn, Archbishop Desmond Tutu, Lynne McTaggart, Ray Anderson, John Francis, Coleman Barks, and Marc Ian Barasch he realizes there are no easy answers. This is a good start for anyone who hasn't really thought about some of the issues raised in the film. There are many ways for people to get educated and I think Tom Shadyac has done a good job with a simple and basic exploration. I do recommend this film, it's upbeat and we need some of that sometimes.

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