David Lynch: The Art Life

Synopsis: David Lynch takes us on an intimate journey through the formative years of his life. From his idyllic upbringing in small town America to the dark streets of Philadelphia, we follow Lynch as he traces the events that have helped to shape one of cinema's most enigmatic directors. David Lynch the Art Life infuses Lynch's own art, music and early films, shining a light into the dark corners of his unique world, giving audiences a better understanding of the man and the artist. As Lynch states "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."
Director(s): Jon Nguyen, Rick Barnes (co-director), Olivia Neergaard-Holm (co-director)
Actors: David Lynch
  1 win & 2 nominations.
88 min

And that's why I say huge worlds

are in, you know, those two blocks.


Everything's there.


And you could live in one place

and have everything.

The night before we left Boise...

it was a summer night,

but it wasn't, uh,

a joyful summer night.

There's a triangle of grass

between our house and the Smiths' house.

And at the base of the triangle,

there's a tree.

And... I must have said good-bye

to everybody.

The whole family was out there.

My dad was out there.

I think my brother and sister

were out there.

I don't know if my mom was there.

She might've been just inside the house.

And the Smiths were all out.

We were just out there.

And Mr. Smith came out.


I can't tell the story.

I just... I never talk to Mr. Smith...

hardly ever...

but, boy...

Then we went to Virginia,

and the day I started school,

there was a huge hurricane.

And the rain was coming down.

You couldn't hardly see the school.

It was, like, dark almost.

It was so thick, this storm.

There were two other guys

starting school...

and those two guys became my friends,


they were not the friends I should've had.

See, Boise, Idaho...

seemed like sunshine...

green grass, mowed lawns.

Such a cheerful place.

Such a great place.

Virginia seemed like always night.


I developed spasms of the intestines.

I was... It was total turmoil.

I was smoking cigarettes...

uh, going into DC and drinking...

and sneaking out of the house at night.

It was, um...

It was like... It was almost like...

I couldn't...

control it, you know?

It just... It just

was what was happening.

My mother's

main saying to me a lot

was, "I'm very disappointed in you."

I was real busy...

not doing what she wanted,

especially when I was in the ninth grade.

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