Found is an artistic representation of the poetry of Souvankham Thammavongsa, a Laotian woman born in a refugee camp in northeastern Thailand who immigrated to Toronto. Her dramatic birth and uncertain early life—without a land to call home and without a passport—led to a revelation that is deeply felt by many artists when they discover their medium: “When I learned to read…I knew this, this would be my way in.”
Tom Shadyac—director of huge blockbuster comedies, such as Ace Ventura, The Nutty Professor and Bruce Almighty, and a longtime friend to Mountainfilm—presents an autobiographical documentary that addresses how, despite his professional achievements and financial success, he felt unfulfilled. I Am, which is premiering here at Mountainfilm, is both an introspective journey about happiness and a larger commentary on the American Dream, questioning why we’re more prosperous today, yet apparently less happy than ever. Tom interviews many wise men and women who bolster his cogent argument: If we are able to question our culture of consumption and find a new paradigm of connectedness and kindness, we will be truly richer for it.