It’s been three years since David Lynch made Twin Peaks: The Return, but lately he’s been getting back into filmmaking, albeit in short form. On his 74th birthday back in January he a released short film, What Did Jack Do?, on Netflix, and he’s started doing weather reports again after over 10 years. He recorded a new weather report today (5/20) and you can watch that below.
Now the filmmaker shared another short film via his David Lynch Theater YouTube channel. Titled Fire (Pozar), it was written, directed and drawn by Lynch, and animated by Noriko Miyakawa. Composer Marek Zebrowski, who worked on Lynch’s last feature film (2006’s Inland Empire) and the 2007 album Polish Night Music, did the score.
Lynch has screened the film, which was made in 2015, a few times over the years, but this marks the first time it’s been widely available. “The whole point of our experiment was that I would say nothing about my intentions and Marek would interpret the visuals in his own way,” Lynch told the USC Thornton School of Music back in 2015, “So I say it was a great successful experiment, and I loved the composition Marek wrote for the Penderecki String Quartet.” Zebrwoski added, “I thought it was a very melancholic film in a certain sense and also very poetic. Without trying to be too explicit, I tried to illustrate further what David was doing. For example, there is something that looks like a hailstorm and I used a lot of pizzicato, but I also used a soaring melodic line to add a lyrical element to it.”
Watch Fire (Pozar), and Lynch’s most recent weather report, below.
Speaking of Twin Peaks (which celebrated its 30th anniversary in April), if you’ve been puzzling over The Return since watching it, there are no shortage of analyses available on YouTube, but the winner for most in-depth one probably has to go to YouTube user Twin Perfect who posted a nearly five-hour video titled “Twin Peaks ACTUALLY EXPLAINED (No, Really)” that works the original ABC series, the 1992 film Twin Peaks: Fire Walk With Me and The Return into one pretty convincing unified theory about Lynch’s intent. It’s a lot, but it’s pretty fascinating and it’s clear he’s right about a good chunk of it at least. (I watched it over the course of a week during lockdown.) If you’ve ever wondered “What was that really long sweeping-up scene all about,” this guy has an answer. And if you need more after that, Twin Perfect did another 80 minute video worth of theories and other stuff he left out of the original. You can check those out below as well.