To say that the films of David Lynch should be playing on a loop for the rest of eternity isn't all that much of a stretch, considering the filmmaker is one of the most fascinating surreal figures of his time. And with a showing of Eraserhead just months ago, Miami is about to get another dose of the director, and it's happening monthly from now until March.
The nonprofit organization PAXy, or Putting Art in the galaXy, is hitting Miami with an exciting David Lynch film series called "Catching the Big Fish."
"Catching the Big Fish, the book describing David's creative process that provided the title for this series, has been a guide in our own creative process and in pursuing (catching) our own ideas for this beautiful (big) project (fish) that we have fallen in love with," explained Maudie Valero, executive director of PAXy, when asked about the series title.
And of choosing the filmmaker, she says, "David Lynch is an award-winning director, writer, and producer of brilliant films [and television] with a truly personal style, which makes him an essential reference in contemporary cinema. He was instrumental in breaking down the wall between art-house and Hollywood moviemaking; his work is proof that films with high artistic ambitions can appeal to a wide audience. His richly visual, multidisciplinary approach to storytelling demonstrates that no art form exists in a vacuum, and thus is ideally suited to our goal."
This, along with PAXy's dedication to "inspire creativity and help the Miami community to become art lovers and art makers," is why the four-feature David Lynch series works as a perfect opportunity for folks looking to familiarize themselves with his work — or those looking to get in a good rewatch. The event, which kicks off on Friday, December 11, at 9 p.m., will begin with the popular Mulholland Dr., starring Naomi Watts and Laura Harring. Not only is it an exciting way to start, but the showing at the Miami Beach Cinematheque will also feature a special guest: Richard Green, who plays the Magician in Mulholland Dr.
Following Friday night's initial film, is a screening of Lynch's Blue Velvet paired with Robert Curran's short documentary Blood, Sweat and Trees: The Story of Saweto the 1111 Parking Garage at 7 p.m. in January. In February, at the New World Symphony SoundScape Wall, one of Lynch's most accessible films, The Straight Story, will be hitting the big screen on the 11th at 8 p.m. And, the final event, taking place on Friday, March 4, at 7 p.m., is the documentary Meditation, Creativity, Peace, about the filmmaker's creative process and commitment to transcendental meditation. To conclude the four-month-long fest, the film documentary will be featured alongside a Q&A session with Kiki Ellenby, a certified transcendental meditation teacher and member of David Lynch Foundation, as well as a performance by the Joint Division.
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"Lynch’s best-known films are non-linear surrealist stories such as Mulholland Dr. and Blue Velvet. The Straight Story is a David Lynch rarity, a kind of classic American road movie based on a true story but still having Lynch's flavor," adds Valero about the selection of films from his career. "His documentary Meditation, Creativity and Peace shows his recent tendency to rarely discuss cinema, or even his own life progress, without delving into Transcendental Meditation."
With every event in the series being free to attend and open to the public, PAXy is really offering up a damn good variety of works to familiarize Miami audiences with a filmmaker as intriguing and engaging as David Lynch. We wonder which director they'll choose for their next film series.
Catching the Big Fish
First screening is Friday, December 11, at the Miami Beach Cinematheque of Mulholland Dr. at 7 p.m. The next screening is of Blue Velvet at the 1111 Parking Garage on Lincoln Road on January 11 at 7 p.m., following by The Straight Story on February 11 at 8 p.m. at the Soundscape. And lastly, Meditation, Creativity, Peace on March 4 at 8 p.m. at the Miami Beach Botanical Garden. All screenings are free to attend. Visit paxy.org.