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David Lynch is Expanding his ‘Empire’

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Influential filmmaker David Lynch has been having fun with his side projects over the past few years. In 2006, he tinkered around with a digital camera and shot hundreds of hours of footage with some of his old pals like actress Laura Dern. This turned into Inland Empire, a film which he released independently. I remember when he presented it at the Music Box Theatre here in Chicago. The line to get inside spanned three blocks…and it was in the dead of winter. The amazing thing is I didn’t hear anyone complaining. That’s a testament to the awesome power that Lynch has as a self-promoter.

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Just recently, he hosted a concert dubbed “Change Begins Within” at Radio City Music Hall to raise money and bring awareness to the practice of transcendental meditation. Among the musicians who performed were Ben Harper, Donovan, Sheryl Crow and  Eddie Vedder. Oh, and Ringo Starr and Paul McCartney reunited for a much publicized set. Not bad. The David Lynch Foundation really knows how to throw a party.

This brings us to the Mulholland Dr. director’s latest undertaking. Lynch has hit the road for a cross-country trek and he will be interviewing random people along the way. He plans to post a video of these conversations on DavidLynch.com every three days for an entire year. Lynch has aptly titled this interview project Interview Project. Here’s a video of him explaining his idea in his own words:

I love the way he describes it: “Interview Project is a road trip where people have been found and interviewed. People should watch because they’re going to meet hundreds of people.”  Lynch is still the best at making utter nonsense so entertaining. Here’s a link to the first episode from his website.

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  1. Jean T
    June 4th, 2009 at 21:01 | #1

    What currently shines thru with David Lynch is his huge heart. His new project, interviewing people across the US in their local settings shows the reach of his appreciation for his fellow human beings. Maybe it’s due to Transcendental Meditation. He routinely says he’s never missed his twice a day practice of TM. Those students he’s helping, are fortunate to come within the scope of his desire to share what has benefited him.

  2. Alethiadoc
    June 4th, 2009 at 23:09 | #2

    I think it is important to mention that David Lynch has also founded the David Lynch Foundation. For Consciousness Based Education and World Peace, whose purpose is to teach the Transcendental Meditation technique to one million at-risk youth. The purpose of the recent benefit concert in New York City with Paul McCartney and Ringo Starr was to rise money for this wonderful project.

  3. Cat 33
    June 6th, 2009 at 20:28 | #3

    At the risk of sounding redundant I have to say that I too really admire David Lynch, as a director, but especially as a human being. He is a very successful, powerful man, and he could do pretty much anything he wants. He chose to help the children of the world, raising money trough his foundation to teach them transcendental meditation. That, to me, is a modern day hero.

  1. June 16th, 2009 at 14:07 | #1