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RADIANT FILMS INTERNATIONAL SELLS ALL RIGHTS TO TOM SHADYAC’S DOCUMENTARY ‘I AM’ TO UNIVERSAL PICTURES INTERNATIONAL ENTERTAINMENT

For Immediate Release

(Los Angeles – May 3, 2012) Mimi Steinbauer, President / CEO of Radiant Films International announced today that Tom Shadyac’s life affirming documentary feature film ‘I AM’ has been acquired for all worldwide distribution rights (excluding US and Canada) by Universal Pictures International Entertainment.

‘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.  We are delighted that Universal Pictures International Entertainment has recognized the potential of this film,” said Steinbauer.

“Universal Pictures International Entertainment is pleased to be working with Radiant Films to release ‘I AM’ internationally. This inspirational feature is a welcome addition to our documentary collection,” said Eddie Cunningham, President of Universal International Entertainment.

“I AM” is the result of a life-changing biking accident in 2007 suffered by acclaimed director Shadyac which compelled him to re-evaluate his Hollywood lifestyle and seek the answers to the following questions: what’s wrong with our world and what can we do to make it better?

A critical and box office hit in the US released through Paladin, Shadyac interviews several legendary philosophical thinkers and academics from our time including David Suzuki, Noam Chomsky, Howard Zinn and Archbishop Desmond Tutu to reach answers to these vital questions. The result is a powerful, uplifting, enlightening documentary which challenges our preconceptions about human behavior while celebrating the indomitable human spirit.

Shadyac is one of Hollywood’s most well-known comedic directors having directed such classics as ACE VENTURA: PET DETECTIVE, THE NUTTY PROFESSOR, LIAR LIAR, BRUCE ALMIGHTY and others. His films have grossed nearly 2 billion dollars at the box office.

About Radiant Films International

Founded by international sales veteran, Mimi Steinbauer, who is President and CEO, Radiant Films International is a newly launched full service international sales company funded through private equity sources which plans to acquire and distribute between 6-8 theatrical titles per year.  Other titles on Radiant’s slate include Andrew Levitas’ drama, LULLABY.

About Universal Pictures International Entertainment

UPIE is part of NBCUniversal, one of the world’s leading media and entertainment companies in the development, production, and marketing of entertainment, news, and information to a global audience. NBCUniversal owns and operates a valuable portfolio of news and entertainment television networks, a premier motion picture company, significant television production operations, a leading television stations group, and world-renowned theme parks. Comcast Corporation owns a controlling 51% interest in NBCUniversal, with GE holding a 49% stake.

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Julian Schnabel: Years ago, I was down there with my cousin’s wife Corky. She was wild — she wore makeup on her legs, and she had a streak in her hair like Yvonne De Carlo in “The Munsters.” She liked to paint. I had overalls on with just a T-shirt and looked like whatever. We were trying to buy a bunch of supplies with my cousin Jesse’s credit card. They looked at the credit card, and then they looked at us and thought maybe we stole the card, so they called Jesse up. He was a doctor who became the head of trauma at St. Vincent’s. They said, “There’s somebody here with this credit card and we want to know if it belongs to you.”

He said, “Well, does the woman have dyed blonde hair and fake eyelashes and look like she stepped out of the backstage of some kind of silent movie, and is she with some guy who has wild hair and is kind of dressed like a bum?”

“Yeah, that’s them.”

“Yeah, that’s my cousin and my wife. It’s okay, they can charge it on my card.”
~ Julian Schnabel Remembers NYC’s Now-Shuttered Pearl Paint

MB Cool. I was really interested in the aerial photography from Enter the Void and how one could understand that conceptually as a POV, while in fact it’s more of an objective view of the city where the story takes place. So it’s an objective and subjective camera at the same time. I know that you’re interested in Kubrick. We’ve talked about that in the past because it’s something that you and I have in common—

GN You’re obsessed with Kubrick, too.

MB Does he still occupy your mind or was he more of an early influence?

GN He was more of an early influence. Kubrick has been my idol my whole life, my own “god.” I was six or seven years old when I saw 2001: A Space Odyssey, and I never felt such cinematic ecstasy. Maybe that’s what brought me to direct movies, to try to compete with that “wizard of Oz” behind the film. So then, years later, I tried to do something in that direction, like many other directors tried to do their own, you know, homage or remake or parody or whatever of 2001. I don’t know if you ever had that movie in mind for your own projects. But in my case, I don’t think about 2001 anymore now. That film was my first “trip” ever. And then I tried my best to reproduce on screen what some drug trips are like. But it’s very hard. For sure, moving images are a better medium than words, but it’s still very far from the real experience. I read that Kubrick said about Lynch’s Eraserhead, that he wished he had made that movie because it was the film he had seen that came closest to the language of nightmares.

Matthew Barney and Gaspar Noé