David Lynch: The Art Life ()

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Artist and filmmaker David Lynch discusses his early life and the events that shaped his outlook on art and the creative process.


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Lula Lynch ...
Self - David Lynch's daughter (as Lula)
Edwina Lynch ...
David Lynch's mother (archiveFootage)
Donald Lynch ...
Self - David Lynch's father (archiveFootage)
Self - David Lynch's first wife (archiveFootage)
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Self (archiveFootage)
Self (archiveFootage)

Directed by

Rick Barnes
Olivia Neergaard-Holm
Jon Nguyen

Written by

Isabel Andrés ... (story editor)

Produced by

Josefine Bothe ... executive producer
Matt Brandstein ... associate producer
Matthew Brandstein ... associate producer
Anders V. Christensen ... co-producer
Grace June Cleere ... associate producer
Airrion Copeland ... associate producer
Vince Di Meglio ... executive producer
Dominykas Duda ... co-producer
Marina Girard ... co-producer
Adam F. Goldberg ... co-executive producer
Scott Grieder ... associate producer
Adam Harding ... associate producer
Stuart Douglas Harris ... associate producer
Nickie Huai ... associate producer
Clayt Hudson ... associate producer
Kurt Kittleson ... executive producer
Elliot V. Kotek ... associate producer
A.D. Liano ... associate producer
Kristina Maaetoft-Udsen ... co-producer
Lawrence Makow ... executive producer
Brett McConnell ... associate producer
Jon Nguyen ... producer
Chad Romney ... associate producer
Jason Scheunemann ... producer (as Jason S.)
Henry Self ... associate producer
Palmer Stilwell Taipale ... associate producer
Sabrina S. Sutherland ... producer
Mette Udsen ... co-producer
Jessica Vale ... associate producer
Christopher Vandaele ... executive producer
Herve G. Wery ... associate producer

Music by

Jonatan Bengta

Cinematography by

Jason Scheunemann ... (as Jason S.)

Film Editing by

Olivia Neergaard-Holm

Editorial Department

Maria Klarlund ... colorist

Art Department

Tobias Roder ... graphic designer
Chris Thompson ... graphic designer

Sound Department

Philip Nicolai Flindt ... re-recording mixer (as Philip Flindt) / re-recording mixer / sound (as Philip Flindt) / supervising sound editor (as Philip Flindt)
Stella Luncke ... additional sound designer
Josef Maria Schäfers ... additional sound designer

Visual Effects by

Thomas Irving ... visual effects
Dicki Lakha ... visual effects
Frederik Marbell ... visual effects
Martin Munck Schmidt ... visual effects

Animation Department

Jill Beecher ... animator
Rino Stefano Tagliafierro ... animator

Music Department

Olga Blinky Luncke ... composer: additional music
Stella Luncke ... composer: additional music
Josef Maria Schäfers ... composer: additional music
Clayton Thomas ... composer: additional music
Bernd Öszevim ... composer: additional music

Script and Continuity Department

Pilar Alessandra ... script consultant
Isabel Andrés ... script consultant

Additional Crew

Eve Gabereau ... distribution
Edward Parodi ... Worldwide Sales: Film Constellation
Fabien Westerhoff ... worldwide sales: Film Constellation


Aniez ... thanks
Amanda Bain ... thanks
Michael 'Bones' Buono ... thanks
Hélène Cardona ... special thanks
Jack Christian ... Special Thanks
Douglas Clarke ... special thanks
Curt Clendenin ... special thanks
Susan Cork ... thanks
Brian Philip Davis ... special thanks
Mel Eslyn ... special thanks
George Griffith ... special thanks
Scott Hegedus ... thanks
Harvey Kivel ... thanks
David Latreille ... special thanks
Marcus Liddle ... special thanks (as Registradus)
David Lynch ... special thanks
Christopher Mirando ... thanks (as Chris Mirando)
Joel Ney ... special thanks
Benjamin Rawls ... special thanks
Trevor Senhouse ... thanks
Bob Singleton ... thanks
Mikhail Tank ... kickstarter special thanks
Richard Tintelnot ... special thanks
Jerry White ... thanks

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Plot Summary

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."

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Also Known As
  • David Lynch the Art Life (World-wide, English title)
  • 大卫·林奇:艺术人生 (China, Mandarin title)
  • Lynch Three
  • David Lynch The Art Life (Italy)
  • David Lynch: Az én m&369vészetem
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  • 88 min
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Box Office

Opening Weekend United States $10,823, 31 Mar 2017

Did You Know?

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Quotes David Lynch: Philadelphia was kind of a poor man's New York City, so it was a weird town. It was kind of a mean town. One woman, who was my neighbour, *reeked* of urine and she was a complete racist. There was another woman, who was totally crazy. She was a neighbour. Lived down the street with her parents. And she would go around the backyard on her hands and knees and squawk like a chicken and say, "I'm a chicken! I'm a chicken!" And squawk and squawk and go around and around in this tall white grass in her backyard. She came up to me one day on the street and she said, "Oh, my nipples hurt!" And she was squeezing her-her breast and standing in front of me squeezing and shaking. "My nipples hurt!"
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