David Lynch – Biography
David Lynch was born in Missoula, Montana on January 20, 1946. David Lynch is an American filmmaker with European sensibilities, famous for his cinema of absurdity full of psychogenic fugues and travelogues from everyday Hell. David Lynch is a prolific director, visual artist, writer and trend setter. His films include Change Begins Within (2009), My Son, My Son, What Have Ye Done (2009), More Things That Happened (2009), Inland Empire (2006), Boat (2006), The Darkened Room (2002), Dumbland (2002), Rabbits (2002), Eraserhead Stories. (2001), Mulholland Drive (1999), The Straight Story (1999), Lost Highway (1996), Lumière et compagnie (1995), Hotel Room, (1993), On the Air (1992), Wild At Heart (1990), Industrial Symphony No. 1: The Dream of the Broken Hearted (1991), American Chronicles (1990), The Cowboy and the Frenchman (1987), Blue Velvet (1986), Dune (1984), The Elephant Man (1980), Eraserhead (1976), The Amputee (1968), The Grandmother (1970), The Alphabet (1968) and Six Figures Getting Sick (1967). His books include Dark Night of the Soul (2009), David Lynch: Snowmen (2007), David Lynch: The Air Is on Fire (2007), Images (1994), Lost Highway 1997 and Lynch on Lynch (1997).
The end of the 80’s were a period where Lynch made the transition from big screen to television. His first television production was The Cowboy and the Frenchman (1989) produced for French television. With producer Mark Frost, Lynch created Twin Peaks (1990), a television drama series which takes place in a small town in Washington. Popular high school student Laura Palmer’s rape and murder causes FBI agent Dale cooper (Kyle MacLachlan) to investigate the town where he reveals the many layers of secrets and supernatural events surrounding the crime. Twin Peaks was a cultural phenomenon and led to Lynch appearing on the cover of Time Magazine.
Lynch has been engaged with Transcendental meditation since 1973. The David Lynch Foundation For Consciousness-Based Education and Peace was created in 2005, providing scholarships for middle and high school students interested in studying Transcendental meditation. His book Catching The Big Fish (2006) discusses the relationship between Transcendental meditation and Lynch’s creative process. In 2009 Lynch began working on a documentary on Maharishi Mahesh Yogi (January 12, 1914 – February 5, 2008). Lynch tells Dave Metz in a Vogue interview, “See, I love ideas, and ideas are thoughts, right? So the source of all thought is the unified field, the absolute. It´s pure consciousness. And the whole process of these thoughts rising out is the principle of TM” (2003). Lynch stresses that Transcendental Mediation is not a religion, but rather a practice. Practice or religion, if Transcendental Mediation is key to the genius of Lynch then the world can only hope he is meditating right now.
David Lynch has been invited to the European Graduate School in Saas-Fee, Switzerland, to lead an Intensive Summer Workshop.