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The Short Films of David Lynch

Opens on May 26

Director: David Lynch Run Time: 53 min. Release Year: 2002

Starring: Catherine E. Coulson, David Lynch, Frederic Golchan, Harry Dean Stanton, Jack Nance

Country: United States
Language: English

About the film:

A must-see for fans of the legendary filmmaker, this is a collection of six new 2K digital restorations of early student and commissioned film works of David Lynch.

While studying and painting at the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts in Philadelphia, Lynch purchased the cheapest 16mm camera that he could find so he could make his paintings move. The first movie he ever made, Six Men Getting Sick (1967), is a one-minute animation of six grotesque figures in agony, a project that earned him first prize at the academy’s annual end-of-year exhibit.

Lynch’s other early films continue to showcase his unique surreal and subversive storytelling style. Starring Lynch’s wife at the time, Peggy, The Alphabet (1968) is a woman’s dark and absurdist nightmare vision with bizarre living representations of each letter. A young boy plants some strange seeds and they grow into the titular character in The Grandmother (1970), the first film Lynch ever made with the American Film Institute. A double amputee attempts to write a letter while her nurse gets in the way in The Amputee, Version 1 and Version 2 (1974), created when Lynch was testing videotape. The final film, Premonitions Following an Evil Deed (1995), follows the events after a murder.

About the filmmaker:

David Lynch is an American filmmaker, painter, visual artist, musician, and writer. A recipient of an Academy Honorary Award in 2019, Lynch has received three Academy Award nominations for Best Director, and the César Award for Best Foreign Film twice, as well as the Palme d’Or at the Cannes Film Festival and a Golden Lion award for lifetime achievement at the Venice Film Festival.

His acclaimed feature films – Eraserhead (1977), The Elephant Man (1980), Dune (1984), Blue Velvet (1986), Wild at Heart (1990), Twin Peaks: Fire Walk with Me (1992), Lost Highway (1997), The Straight Story (1999), Mulholland Drive (2001), and Inland Empire (2006)are characterized by his signature dream imagery and meticulous sound design. Lynch creates surrealist (and often bizarre) films that stay with you long after the screen goes black.

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