A few things you should know about legendary filmmaker David Lynch: he believes world peace could be achieved if only people practiced a bit of transcendental meditation; he sometimes records his own strangely soothing weather reports from his Los Angeles home; and his pioneering surrealist television thriller Twin Peaks is set for a limited reboot on Showtime this spring.
Just in time for that revival, the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston will screen David Lynch: The Art Life.
A product of a successful Kickstarter campaign, the new documentary uses home videos and photos to explore the enigmatic director's personal life, avoiding a study of his films in favor of his backstory. Lynch himself voices the narration, highlighting potential influences for his work. There's the childhood memory, for example, of discovering a bloodied woman naked on the sidewalk that recalls a scene from Blue Velvet. And the whole project is suffused with images of the suburban environments that recur across his films.
Fittingly, the documentary concludes by touching on his directorial debut, the 1977 Eraserhead—the film Lynch credits for inspring the famous Twin Peaks Log Lady, a local medium who channels her psychic powers through a log. If reports are true, Log Lady will make a return appearance in new episodes of Twin Peaks, set to premiere Sunday, May 21.
Screening May 20, May 21, and June 18. Tickets $9. The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, 1001 Bissonnet. 713-639-7300. Tickets and showtimes available here.