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THE NATURE OF EXISTENCE
with filmmaker Roger Nygard
"The film treads ground covered in films like Diane Keaton's Heaven and James Toback's Big Bang...but it's quicker, funnier and less pretentious" -New York Times
All the mysteries of the Universe...explained! ...Sort of. Why are we here, and who are we? What started the Universe, and was it a mistake? After exploring the phenomenon of Trekkies and the world of car salesmen with his dark comedy Suckers, filmmaker Roger Nygard takes on The Nature of Existence itself. As he roams the globe to the source of each of the world's philosophies, religions, and belief systems, Nygard interviews spiritual leaders, scholars, scientists, artists, pizza chefs, and others who have influenced, inspired, or need to know about our humanity. His travels highlight the words of such luminary figures as evolutionary biologist Richard Dawkins, Taoist Master Zhang Chengda, Stanford physicist Leonard Susskind (co-discoverer of String Theory), wrestler Rob Adonis (founder of Ultimate Christian Wrestling), confrontational evangelist Brother Jed Smock, novelist Orson Scott Card (Ender's Game), director Irvin Kershner (Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back), and Stonehenge Druids.
Deftly combining an investigative approach with his trademark humor, Nygard offers a challenging, hilarious, and spectacular view of humanity, spotlighting what is it that makes us who we are -- students, teachers and explorers of life. Most of us ask this question only in the privacy of our own minds, maybe with a group of close friends and family, but Nygard decides to put this and a few other tough questions to the world.
Directed by Roger Nygard, U.S.A., 2010, 94 mins.
Filmmaker Roger Nygard will be here for a Q&A after all shows on Saturday, August 14.