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Roger Nygard, The Nature of Existence

Once again, Roger Nygard tackles major issues. In his latest film, The Nature of Existence, this TV and documentary director--best known for his terrific examination of Star Trek enthusiasts in 1999's Trekkies--goes around the world in the service of the Big Questions: What is the meaning of life? Is there a God? Happily, he imbues his subjects with a rare empathy and sense of humor--and an uncanny ability to find interesting on-camera subjects for his breezy, tightly edited quests. In The Nature of Existence, they include evolutionary biologist and The God Delusion author Richard Dawkins, Ultimate Christian Wrestling rounder Rob Adonis, Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back director Irvin Kershner, Stonehenge Druids Rollo Maughfling and King Arthur Pendragon--his name is no joke: it's on his license--, Indian holy man Sri Sri Ravi Shankar, string theory co-discover and Stanford physicist Leonard Susskind and Chinese Taoist Master Zhang Chengda (26 minutes).


Beyond the Subtitles


Stephen Schaefer hosts candid conversations with actors, filmmakers, producers and movie people near and far. Schaefer has over three decades of writing and talking about movies behind him. He is the author of the Hollywood spoof The Autobiography of Marla Del Marr as told to Stephen Schaefer  and is currently a film critic and entertainment writer for The Boston Herald; and a contributor to USA Today and Entertainment Weekly.