David Lynch in new film ‘Lucky'; Alamo screening ‘Eraserhead’ & more
There’s a lot going on in David Lynch‘s sphere in addition to the return of Twin Peaks. He’s got a supporting acting role in upcoming film Lucky, which stars his old friend Harry Dean Stanton (who is in the new Twin Peaks):
LUCKY follows the spiritual journey of a 90-year-old atheist and the quirky characters that inhabit his off the map desert town. Having out lived and out smoked all of his contemporaries, the fiercely independent Lucky finds himself at the precipice of life, thrust into a journey of self exploration, leading towards that which is so often unattainable.
The film was written and directed by veteran character actor John Carroll Lynch (no relation) who you may know as Norm Gunderson in the Coen Brothers’ film Fargo, and he’s been in tons of other stuff since. The trailer for the film, which has David Lynch in it, looks pretty good. (Will Stanton get an Oscar nom for this?) You can watch that below. The film is out September 29.
Meanwhile, documentary David Lynch: The Art of Life, will be out on home video via The Criterion Collection on September 26. It was directed by Olivia Neergaard-Holm, Rick Barnes and Jon Nguyen, and here’s the synopsis:
A rare glimpse into the mind of one of cinema’s most enigmatic visionaries, David Lynch: The Art Life offers an absorbing portrait of the artist, as well as an intimate encounter with the man himself. From the privacy of his home and painting studio in the Hollywood Hills, a candid Lynch conjures people and places from his past, from his boyhood in Idaho and Virginia to his experiences at art school in Boston and Philadelphia to the beginnings of his filmmaking career in Los Angeles—in stories that unfold like scenes from his movies. This remarkable documentary by directors Jon Nguyen, Rick Barnes, and Olivia Neergaard-Holm reveals the story behind Lynch’s early years as a painter and director drawn to the phantasmagoric, while also illuminating his enduring commitment to what he calls the “the art life”: “You drink coffee, you smoke cigarettes, and you paint, and that’s it.”
You can watch the trailer for the documentary below.
Elsewhere: NYC record label Sacred Bones, which has a history with Lynch, is presenting a screening of the director’s feature debut, 1977’s Eraserhead, at Brooklyn’s Alamo Drafthouse on August 3. There are ticket bundles that include copies of the soundtrack, including a few copies of the limited silver vinyl edition that comes with a bonus 7″. There are 7 PM and 9:30 PM screenings. If you’ve never seen Eraserhead, it remains weird and wonderful 40 years after its release. Watch the trailer is below. Will Alamo offer a roast bird on the menu?
Over at Williamsburg’s Nitehawk Cinema, you can catch Lynch’s 2001 film Mulholland Drive on on August 12 & 13. It’s part of Nitehawk’s brunch series (both are at 11:15 AM) with a live music pre-show featuring EMK. Tickets for the Saturday and Sunday screenings are on sale.
Twin Peaks: The Return, which has been as surprising and strange as you could hope/fear (depending on how much you like Lynch), hit the midway point of the series this past Sunday and featured Sky Ferreira (in an acting role) and musical performances by Au Revoir Simone and Hudson Mohawke. There are still nine episodes to go.
For the most Lynch in one place, there is his Festival of Disruption which happens in Los Angeles in October, with music, film, art, talks and more.