Eric Daniel Metzgar is a three-time Emmy nominated director, cinematographer, editor and screenwriter. He has directed three critically-acclaimed feature documentaries -- Reporter (Sundance, 2009; Emmy nominee, 2011), Life. Support. Music. (POV, 2009), and The Chances of the World Changing (Independent Spirit Award nominee, 2006; POV, 2007) -- and one experimental narrative feature, For the Coyotes. He recently directed his first short documentary, A Film About Animals (for my children to watch when they are older) (WINNER Best Short, International Wildlife Film Festival; WINNER Best International Short, Planet in Focus Environmental Film Festival; WINNER Best Short Animal Film Festival).
Metzgar also edits: Crime + Punishment (2019 Oscar Shortlist; Sundance 2018, Special Jury Award; 2019 Emmy Award Nominee — Outstanding Documentary; IDA Courage Under Fire Award), Almost Sunrise (Emmy nominee, 2019; POV 2018), and Give Up Tomorrow (Emmy nominee, 2013; POV 2012). And he consults: Thank You For Playing (Emmy winner, 2017; POV 2016), High Tech, Low Life (POV, 2013), and The Surrender (Emmy nominee, 2016; Field of Vision).
Most of his films are available to rent/stream here -- just click on the links to the films. His work has been broadcast on HBO and PBS and screened at the Sundance Film Festival and other major festivals. He has received multiple Sundance grants and is a Sundance Documentary Lab Fellow. His films are also used as teaching guides in classrooms in America.
Metzgar lives and works in San Francisco, California, with his wife and two children. He is a Buddhist practitioner and volunteers as a meditation teacher in prison.
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