Now Playing in Chicago
Blockbuster comedy film director Tom Shadyac's new documentary I Am is screening in Chicago.
It's about how the multimillionaire fell off his bike, suffered for a long time, and came to the realization that the affluent life that's held up as the American ideal is actually empty and meaningless. So he gets rid of a lot of his stuff, sells his Pasadena mansion, moves into a (posh) trailer (in Malibu) and sets out to find answers to two questions - What’s wrong with our world? And what can we do to make it better? - by interviewing everyone from Archbishop Desmond Tutu to the late Howard Zinn.
(You can read the Los Angeles Times's not-too-keen review here).
The film's title is based on the one of the most basic mantras, "Soham" (I Am), and it espouses some concepts that will be familiar to any serious student of yoga:
-All living things (even yogurt cultures) are connected.
-Not following your intuition (ie; your heart's desire) will cause you to die a little every day.
-All living things are hard-wired to be empathetic - not competitive.
-Nature functions because it is cooperative, with each being taking only what it needs.
Sadly, the film has nothing to do with Neil Diamond - whose songs sound even better now than they did in the Seventies:
Here are the screening details:
AMC River East 21
322 East Illinois Street, Chicago, IL
11:55am 2:20 4:55 7:20 9:35pm
See Tom Shadyac on Oprah here.