Jan 252011
Authors: Lianna Salva

There will be a special pre-screening of the documentary “I Am,” created by Tom Shadyac in the Lory Student Center Theater tonight at 7 p.m.

From the director of  “Ace Ventura,” “Bruce Almighty” and “The Nutty Professor” comes a new documentary about the global problems that face us today and the solutions that may be right under our noses.

Tickets are free but required to attend this screening and can be picked up at the LSC ticket counter.

Afterward, Shadyac will be present at the screening to answer questions.

Traveling around the world to interview intellectual and religious figures, Shadyac asks these two questions: What is wrong with our world, and what can we do about it?

With a camera crew of four people, Shadyac discovered that even though he had success in the film industry based on critic’s responses and box office revenue and had a mansion in Beverly Hills to show for it, there is something greater that he could portray through film.

Throughout the documentary, audiences will get the opportunity to hear answers to rarely asked questions by people who have significant power in the global community.

Among the interviewed, the audience will hear responses from Archbishop Desmond Tutu, political activist Noam Chomsky and historian Howard Zinn.

Shadyac suffered from a bike accident in 2007 that left him severely injured and helped him realize that he needed to make a statement.

This epiphany led to his first venture in nonfiction film and, according to the film’s official site, also led Shadyac to sell his house and move into a mobile home community.  

Shadyac wanted to come to college campuses because college students have an opportunity to raise their children in a different way and help birth a new world.

After touring universities and high schools in Colorado, Shadyac will also show screenings at the University of Southern California, according to the film’s official website.

Dr. Jonathan Lupo of the Department of Communication Studies at CSU said documentaries in general have a powerful effect on people.

“We are able to see ourselves represented in the media,” Lupo said.

College students in particular would benefit from documentaries that challenge or reaffirm our notions but offer other points of view, Lupo said.

The documentary not only focuses on what is wrong with the world, but also how individuals are connected with each other in order to work together and communicate ideas for solutions to those problems.  

Although this screening is free, proceeds and profit made from this film from other screenings will be put toward the Foundation for I Am, created by the director to help impoverished communities.  You can read more about the foundation and see the trailer at the film’s official site, www.iamthedoc.com.

The film will be released in February in limited theaters.  

This event is sponsored by Campus Activities, ASAP, the School of Global and Environmental Sustainability and Student Affairs.

Staff writer Lianna Salva can be reached at verve@collegian.com.

Watch the show

*What: A special pre-screening of documentary “I Am”

*When: 7 p.m. tonight

*Where: The Lory Student Center Theater

*Tickets: Free but required for the screening

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