David Lynch: The Art Life

April 20, 2017 · Scruffy City Hall · 8:00 p.m.

David Lynch: The Art Life looks at Lynch’s art, music, and early films, shining a light into the dark corners of his unique world and giving audiences a better understanding of the man and the artist. As he says, “I think every time you do something, like a painting or whatever, you go with ideas, and sometimes the past can conjure those ideas and color them. Even if they’re new ideas, the past colors them.”

We’re invited in and given private views from Lynch’s compound and painting studio in the hills high above Hollywood, as he tells personal stories that unfold like scenes from his films. Strange characters come into focus only to fade again into the past, all leaving an indelible mark.

“Extravagantly surreal as the products of his imagination may be, they are deeply rooted in personal history and philosophy — and it’s this connection that Jon Nguyen’s disarmingly off-kilter documentary… probes to rewarding effect.”–Variety

“This cockeyed, oblique attempt to get closer to the worldview of David Lynch-one of American cinema’s finest oddities-is a compelling slice of cinephile inquiry.”–RogerEbert.com

About the Filmmaker

Jon Nguyen has collaborated on the trilogy Lynch (One) (2007), Lynch 2 (2007), and David Lynch: The Art Life (2016). He also coproduced David Lynch Presents “Interview Project Germany” (2011).