David Lynch: The Art Life

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David Lynch: The Art Life
Directed byOlivia Neergaard-Holm
Rick Barnes
Jon Nguyen
Produced by
  • Jon Nguyen
  • Jason Scheunemann
  • Sabrina S. Sutherland[1]
StarringDavid Lynch
Music byJonatan Bengta[2]
CinematographyJason Scheunemann[1]
Edited byOlivia Neergaard-Holm[1]
Duck Diver Films[2]
Release date
  • 4 September 2016 (2016-09-04) (VIFF)
  • 31 March 2017 (2017-03-31) (United States)
Running time
88 minutes[1]
CountryUnited States

David Lynch: The Art Life is a 2016 documentary film directed by Jon Nguyen. The film follows director David Lynch's upbringing in Montana and Idaho, his initial move to Philadelphia to pursue a career as a painter, to the beginning of the production of Eraserhead.[3]


David Lynch: The Art Life was made over four years as the filmmakers filmed and recorded over 20 conversations with Lynch at his home.[4] The staff of the film had previously collaborated on making the film Lynch One, which was about the making of Inland Empire.[2]

The film received production through a Kickstarter campaign.[4]


Prior to the films premiere, Film Constellation purchased the world sales rights to The Art Life.[4] David Lynch: The Art Life premiered at the 73rd Venice International Film Festival on September 4, 2016.[5][3] The film received a limited release domestically on March 31, 2017.[6]

The film was released on Blu-ray Disc by The Criterion Collection.[7]


On the aggregator website Rotten Tomatoes, The Art Life currently holds a 90% approval rating, based on 68 reviews, with an average rating of 7.4/10. The website's critical consensus reads, "David Lynch: The Art Life offers a look at the director's life and craft whose unusual approach is in keeping with its subject's singularly strange aesthetic."[8] On Metacritic, the film received a rating of 75 out of 100, based on 17 reviews, indicating "generally favorable reviews".[9]


  1. ^ a b c d Lodge, Guy (September 17, 2016). "Film Review: 'David Lynch: The Art Life'". Variety. Retrieved April 12, 2017.
  2. ^ a b c Halligan, Fionnuala (September 4, 2016). "'David Lynch: The Art Life': Venice Review". Screen Daily. Retrieved April 12, 2017.
  3. ^ a b Kreps, Daniel (September 2, 2016). "Creep Into David Lynch's World in First 'Art Life' Documentary Trailer". Rolling Stone. Retrieved April 12, 2017.
  4. ^ a b c Wiseman, Andreas (August 18, 2016). "Venice: David Lynch documentary snapped up by Film Constellation". Screen Daily. Retrieved April 12, 2017.
  5. ^ "73rd Venice International Film Festival". Venice Film Festival. Retrieved April 12, 2017.
  6. ^ "David Lynch: The Art Life (2017)". The Numbers. Retrieved April 12, 2017.
  7. ^ Wiseman, Andreas (September 9, 2016). "Amazon closes in on David Lynch doc". Screen Daily. Retrieved June 23, 2017.
  8. ^ "David Lynch: The Art Life (2017)". Rotten Tomatoes. Fandango. Retrieved March 7, 2018.
  9. ^ "David Lynch: The Art Life Reviews". Metacritic. CBS Interactive Inc. Retrieved April 12, 2017.

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