This profile of legendary filmmaker David Lynch (BLUE VELVET, MULHOLLAND DR.) explores how the formative experiences of his youth led him to become the artist he is today. The film includes archival footage and home movies, as well as interviews with Lynch as he paints in his studio.
"[I]ts a notably more intimate study of the man, rather than his movies....What it offers is a more personal chronicle of Lynchs formative years, told through extensive use of old photos and home movies, that ends just as hes beginning to put together ERASERHEAD." -- Grade: B+ - 03/29/2017 A.V. Club
3.5 stars out of 4 -- "Jon Nguyens film, made with a remarkable amount of cooperation and openness from the usually enigmatic Lynch, observes the man while he talks about his formative years, sloshes paint around in his studio in the Hollywood Hills, and plays with his toddler daughter, Lula." - 03/31/2017 RogerEbert.com
"Mostly, the documentary is a fond portrait of how one man nurtured his artistic temperament and risked being misunderstood -- sometimes by his own family." - 03/30/2017 New York Times
"How David Lynchs early days as a boundaries-free artist led to the making of his groundbreaking debut feature, 1977s ERASERHEAD is tracked with deliberate introspection in the well-crafted documentary DAVID LYNCH: THE ART LIFE." - 04/13/2017 Los Angeles Times
4 stars out of 5 -- "Here is a portrait of the artist as a young man. With family photos and cine footage, David Lynch recalls his family background and the beginning of his career as an artist and painter, moving into experimental film." - 07/14/2017 The Guardian