'Almighty' producer preserves Telluride
Onscreen miracles are a snap for Tom Shadyac, producer-director of “Bruce Almighty” and the upcoming “Evan Almighty.” For more earthly efforts, he opens up his checkbook.
The helmer has contributed $2 million to help save a 570-acre stretch of unspoiled land outside Telluride.
After residents used eminent domain laws to stop development of the parcel — a flat, open space dotted by shady groves and with a river running through it — courts gave the town a chance to buy the land at fair market value.
Supporters had to raise $25 million in 80 days; donors ranged from kids donating allowances to showbizzers with getaway homes in the area who kept their contributions anonymous. But one week before the deadline, the effort was still short.
Shadyac, who doesn’t even have a house in Telluride, stepped up.