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Roger Nygard has directed, produced, written, and edited for film and television. Nygard's first feature was the comedy, HIGH STRUNG, starring and written by comedian Steve Oedekerk. His second feature was BACK TO BACK (a.k.a. AMERICAN YAKUZA 2), starring Michael Rooker. BACK TO BACK screened at film festivals in Dallas and Seattle before premiering as an HBO Original Motion Picture. But the film may be best known for having blown Bobcat Goldthwait to bits.

Nygard next directed and edited TREKKIES, a documentary described as "affectionate, nonjudgmental" (Hollywood Reporter & Daily Variety), or "terrifying, unsettling" (National Post), depending on who you ask.

The film was acquired by Paramount Pictures and released theatrically in 1999. Nygard followed that with a docu-comedy about UFO-enthusiasts, SIX DAYS IN ROSWELL, which was released in 2000, and unceremoniously called "...pants-peeing funny!" by Film Threat Magazine. Nygard revisited Star Trek fans with TREKKIES 2, released worldwide by Paramount in 2004.

Jumping back to narratives, Nygard co-wrote, edited, and directed, SUCKERS, a dramatic- comedy about car salesman, starring Daniel Benzali, Louis Mandylor, and Lori Loughlin. 

SUCKERS premiered at the US Comedy Arts festival in Aspen, was acquired by HBO in 2001, and has also aired on the IFC network-- it's hard to find a car salesman who hasn't seen it. The Minneapolis Star Tribune said, “...Roger Nygard’s exhilaratingly cynical car salesman film Suckers has the macho punch of a David Mamet drama.” Nygard also edited two features for writer/director Mike Binder: THE SEARCH FOR JOHN GISSING and MAN ABOUT TOWN.

In television, Nygard has directed and edited episodes of the HBO series, THE MIND OF THE MARRIED MAN, as well as editing episodes of CURB YOUR ENTHUSIASM, and directing episodes of the FOX series THE BERNIE MAC SHOW and THE LOOP, the NBC series THE OFFICE, and the DisneyXD series ZEKE & LUTHER, and many others.

His current feature documentary is about THE NATURE OF EXISTENCE, asking why we exist, and what is man's purpose—little questions…big answers. Nygard traveled around the world interviewing religious scholars, physicists, artists, philosophers, spiritual visionaries, and others who have influenced, inspired, or freaked out humanity

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