Feb 6, 2015

Brain Injury Information & Training Meeting to Feature I AM, a documentary by Tom Shadyac

By Mary Lee Foundation

Hosted by the Mary Lee Foundation at the
Mary Lee Foundation Community Center
1327 Lamar Square Drive   Austin, Texas 78704

Date ~  February 10th 2015      Tuesday Evening
Time ~  7:00 pm to 8:30 pm    All sessions are free of charge

I AM:  A Documentary by Tom Shadyac

About Tom Shadyac

In 2007 Tom Shadyac sustained a traumatic brain injury after a bicycle accident in Virginia. Prior to his injury he was a successful and wealthy Hollywood director/producer, an actor, a comedian and the youngest writer to work for comedy legend Bob Hope.  His writing and directing career was launched in 1994 with the Jim Carrey smash hit Ace Ventura: Pet Detective. In the years that followed, Tom would establish himself as one of the more notable comedy directors in Hollywood while working with some of the biggest names in the business.  Huge hits such as Liar Liar, The Nutty Professor, Bruce Almighty, Patch Adams, Accepted, and I Now Pronounce You Chuck and Larry helped establish Tom as one of Hollywood’s most successful writer/director/producers.

Tom’s injury resulted in a prolonged period of acute headaches, post traumatic stress disorder, and hyper-sensitivity to light and noise. He slept in a darkened closet in his house due to a constant ringing in his ears for which he later explained, “I felt suicidal at points. It was a disaster.”  Following a slow recovery Tom sold the bulk of his possessions (including a 17,000 square foot mansion in Los Angeles), donated the majority of his money to open homeless shelters and moved into a small trailer home.  After discovering “having more does not bring happiness,” he decided to film a documentary traveling around the world to find out what actually creates a happy and satisfied life?

About the Film

In the documentary I AM, Tom travelsaround the world to interview the best contemporary minds of science, politics, spirituality and philosophy.  Tom asks some of today’s most profound thinkers, two questions – What’s wrong with our world and What can we do about it?  What was found that when it comes right down to it, all we really need is …………….better yet come join us Tuesday evening February 10th for the answer.  The documentary attempts to instill a revised sense of consciousness and awakening into its viewers, one person at a time.  Long held beliefs are analyzed leading to a better understanding of our past while providing insight leading to a more productive future.

Monthly sessions will occur on the second Tuesday of each month from 7 pm – 8:30 pm.  Bring a friend as we continue our journey toward enhanced learning and wellness.  Please contact our Moderator Chip Howe if you have any questions at 512/443-5777.

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