Eric Daniel Metzgar grew up in Richmond, Virginia. In 1998, he graduated from the University of Georgia, where he studied journalism and wildlife management. His debut film, a documentary entitled The Chances of the World Changing, which he directed, produced, shot and edited, premiered at the 2006 Full Frame Documentary Film Festival. The Chances of the World Changing won several awards and was nominated for a 2007 Independent Spirit Award in the "Axium Truer than Fiction" category. It also aired on PBS as part of the P.O.V. series in 2007. Metzgar's second documentary film, Life. Support. Music., tells the story of Jason Crigler, a successful New York-based guitarist who in 2004 suffered a devastating brain injury. This film features interviews with Norah Jones, Marshall Crenshaw, Teddy Thompson and others. Life. Support. Music. won the Audience Choice award at the 2008 Independent Film Festival of Boston.
In January 2009, Metzgar's documentary titled Reporter premiered at the Sundance Film Festival. It follows Pulitzer Prize-winning New York Times columnist Nick Kristof's 2007 voyage to the Democratic Republic of the Congo. The film includes interviews with Congolese rebel leader Laurent Nkunda and other key players in the Congolese power struggle. Reporter was nominated for an Emmy Award in the category of "Outstanding Informational Programming - Long Form." Metzgar edited and executive produced Give Up Tomorrow, directed by Michael Collins and produced by Marty Syjuco. Give Up Tomorrow won the Audience Choice Award at the 2011 Tribeca Film Festival. It also won a Special Jury Prize at the festival for Best New Director and the Audience Choice Award at the 2011 Sheffield Doc/Fest.
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