Written and directed by Jocelyn Towne, the indie drama I Am I is equal parts touching and heartbreaking, as it tells the story of a young woman named Rachael (also played by Towne), who meets her estranged father, Gene (Kevin Tighe), at her mother’s funeral. Eager to get to know her father, Rachael tracks him down at an assisted living home, only to realize that Gene suffers from memory loss and not only thinks that he is still a young man, but is convinced that Rachael is actually her mother. And if she wants to really get to know him, she has to play along.
During this recent exclusive phone interview with Collider, actor Simon Helberg, who worked on his wife’s film as an actor and executive producer, talked about how he and Towne share a very similar vision and have very similar tastes, why Kickstarter worked so well in raising the financing for this film, acting with and being directed by his wife, and partnering with her again for his directorial debut, We’ll Never Have Paris (due out in theaters sometime this year), which also happens to be inspired by their own crazy romance. He also talked about how surreal it is to know that his TV show, The Big Bang Theory, has been picked up for three more seasons and will be on the air for at least 10 seasons, at a time when comedy seems to be struggling on television, that the actors don’t typically contribute much to the script, and what he’d like to still learn about his character. Check out what he had to say after the jump.