I Am, director Tom Shadyac’s documentary about his post-accident journey of self-discovery, is to be released theatrically in the US by Paladin.

The company, launched a year ago by president/CEO Mark Urman, is planning a February, 2011 release for the film after a program of festival and college screenings, including a showing at this week’s Hamptons Film Festival.

Shadyac, best know for mainstream comedies including Ace Ventura and Bruce Almighty, made the film, his first documentary, after he was incapacitated in a cycling accident and decided to start a new life. Acting as commentator and guide, Shadyac meets with a variety of thinkers and doers - including David Suzuki, Noam Chomsky, Howard Zinn, Archbishop Desmond Tutu and Lynne McTaggart - in an attempt to discover how he and others can live better lives.

Shadyac’s longtime associate, Dagan Handy, produced the film, a Shady Acres Film presented by Flying Eye Productions in association with Homemade Canvas Productions. Jacquelyn Zampella is co-producer and Nicole Pritchett associate producer. Editor Jennifer Abbott (The Corporation) is executive producer, along with Jonathan Watson.

All proceeds from the release of I Am will go to The Foundation for I Am, a not-for-profit body established by Shadyac to fund various worthy causes and to educate the next generation about the issues and problems explored in the film.

The deal was negotiated by CAA, which represents Shadyac.