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What was David Lynch's life like before he shot ELEPHANT MAN and BLUE VELVET, MULHOLLAND DRIVE and soon-to-be-continued cult series TWIN PEAKS? In this doc, Lynch gives us insight into his life, starting with his childhood in picturesque Idaho. He studied painting at Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts in Philadelphia, a city "which sucks all joy from you and fill you with sadness and fear." Over the course of three years, the filmmakers interviewed Lynch over twenty times, showing him painting and in his daily work. An affecting (self-)portrait of the artist, from his childhood until now.

tags: Documentary, Filmmaking, Childhood, Art

With: David Lynch


Director of Photography: Jason S.

Film Editor: Olivia Neergaard-Holm

Composer: Jonatan Bengta

Sound: Philip Nicolai Flindt

Producer: Jon Nguyen, Jason S., Sabrina S. Sutherland

Production Company: Duck Diver Films

Co-Producer: Dominick Duda, Anders V. Christensen, Kristina Maaetoft-Udsen, Marina Girard-Muttelet

Co-Production Company: Kong Gulerod Film, Hideout Films, Xanf Studio

World Sales: Film Constellation Ltd.

Distributor: NFP marketing & distribution GmbH

Director: Jon Nguyen, Rick Barnes, Olivia Neergaard-Holm


John Nguyen (first photo) produced doc LYNCH (2007), showing Lynch shooting INLAND EMPIRE, all the way up to the film's premiere at Venice.

Olivia Neergaard-Holm (second photo) graduated from the National Film School of Denmark in 2013. Worked as editor on various Danish and international feature films and documentaries, including BELLUM, LITTLE NIGHT HUNTER, ESCORT, BOY, THE 11TH HOUR, and SHELLEY. She wrote the award-winning feature VICTORIA, as well as serving as its editor. DAVID LYNCH THE ART LIFE is Neergaard-Holm’s directorial debut.