Former Hyde Park International president Mimi Steinbauer has formed a new international sales company, Radiant Films International, which will debut next month with a slate of titles at the European Film Market in Berlin. Former Hyde Park sales exec Aska Yamaguchi is joining Radiant as VP International Sales and Distribution. The company’s initial slate includes Andrew Levitas’ romantic drama Lullaby and Tom Shadyac’s documentary feature I Am. At Hyde Park, Steinbauer handled the licensing and distribution operations for the company’s in-house productions, third-party sales acquisitions and film library. Her projects included Ghost Rider 2: Spirit Of Vengeance, Blue Valentine and Machete. Before that, she was a consultant for Voltage Pictures, overseeing sales for Best Picture Oscar winner The Hurt Locker among other duties.
Tom Shadyac’s documentary I Am will kick off OWN: Oprah Winfrey Network’s Super Soul Sunday programming block on January 1, 2012. Onetime hit feature director Shadyac’s life took quite a turn after he suffered a concussion in a cycling accident that left him unable to work for months. The director of Liar Liar, The Nutty Professor and Ace Ventura: Pet Detective underwent a profound transformation that he chronicles in the movie. I Am follows Shadyac’s quest to answer two questions: “What’s wrong with the world” and “What can we do about it?”. He interviews notable men and women from the worlds of science, philosophy, academia and faith — including Archbishop Desmond Tutu, David Suzuki, Noam Chomsky, Howard Zinn, Lynne McTaggart, Ray Anderson, John Francis, Coleman Barks and Marc Ian Barasch. Oprah Winfrey’s separate interview with Shadyac introduces the documentary. Super Soul Sunday airs 8-11 AM with an encore beginning at noon. I Am will be available January 3 on DVD. Watch the trailer previously posted on Deadline here.
Here’s a trailer for I Am, the documentary chronicling Tom Shadyac’s radical change of life. As a director, Shadyac was a hit machine until Evan Almighty. As Deadline previously reported, Shadyac’s life took a radical turn after that when a biking accident left him nearly dead, and prompted a soul-searching journey. The film’s released in February.
Last we heard from Tom Shadyac, he’d captained the first giant flop of a mostly hit-filled resume, with the bloated Noah’s Ark pic Evan Almighty. That led to his exit from the Universal lot where he generated such blockbusters as Bruce Almighty, Liar Liar, Patch Adams and The Nutty Professor. Turns out, Shadyac has been quite busy. Mark Urman’s Paladin has made a deal to release I Am, a first person documentary that Shadyac directed that chronicles his unusual journey of self-discovery.