Jan 262011
Authors: Lianna Salva

Everything we know is a lie, according to Tom Shadyac, director of the new documentary “I Am” that was shown last night in the Lory Student Center Theatre as a special pre-screening to more than 630 students, faculty and alumni of CSU.

Following a serious bike injury that left Shadyac with post concussion syndrome, a broken hand and depression, he felt he had enough courage to start production on a film that asked serious and rare questions.

“I wanted to be a part of the healing, not the cancer,” Shadyac said.

The result is the documentary, a film that shows global, religious, political, business and literary figures giving their ideas on how we can solve problems as big as war and poverty as individuals.

“How do you eat an elephant?” asked Archbishop Desmond Tutu in the film. “One piece at a time.”

One key root to many of the problems addressed in the film was over-consumption with the idea that the wealthier you are, the happier you’ll be.

“Wealth does not give you the contentment you thought you’d have” Tutu said.

The film focused on scientific evidence as a means of a cure, but science is not always the answer.

“We think of science as this ultimate answer. But science is just a story,” said author Lynne McTaggart.

However, it is being scientifically tested, as seen in the film, that human emotion can be recorded and transferred between individuals. The science of emotion is one of the key points of the film.

“I wanted to gain perspective on how we’re all interconnected globally and how we can sustain our planet,” said sophomore political science major Joel Max.

Sporting an “I am CSU” t-shirt, Shadyac spoke at a question and answer session with the audience following last night’s showing. He discussed his revelations after his concussion, what students can do to help global problems and what the world is missing to cause these problems in the first place.

“I was interested because there is a contentment of using sustainable resources. It shows a duality in purpose,” said senior environmental horticulture major Chuck Bradley.

Go to iamthedoc.com to see a video of CSU audience members at the screening and to find out more information on future screenings of the film.

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

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