Universal Pictures International Entertainment picks up “I Am”

The documentary from director Tom Shadyac (pictured) follows the impact of a 2007 biking accident upon his life, and the changes it inspired.
May 3, 2012

Universal Pictures International Entertainment has acquired the worldwide distribution rights, excluding the U.S. and Canada, for Tom Shadyac’s documentary I Am from Radiant Films International.

The film follows the impact of Shadyac’s biking accident in 2007 upon his life, leading him to eschew his Hollywood lifestyle – having directed Ace Ventura: Pet Detective, The Nutty Professor, Liar Liar and more – and move towards a path of enlightenment.

Also featured in the film are interviews with David Suzuki, Noam Chomsky, Howard Zinn and Archbishop Desmond Tutu.

I Am is a film that resonates beautifully with audiences looking for a smart and entertaining look at life themes that affect all of us,” said Mimi Steinbauer, president and CEO of Radiant Films International.

“This inspirational feature is a welcome addition to our documentary collection,” added Eddie Cunningham, president of Universal International Entertainment.

The doc had a theatrical run in the U.S. through Paladin.

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