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OKC Museum of Art hosts 'Summer of Lynch' film series

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OKLAHOMA CITY — The Oklahoma City Museum of Art (OKC MOA) will be hosting a David Lynch film series entitled “Summer of Lynch” from August 10th- 17th. This series is ideal for those new to Lynch’s surrealist style and for the die-head fans that want a chance to experience his most loved films on screen in 4K resolution.

Director of curatorial affairs at the OKC MOA, Dr. Michael J. Anderson, said the new revival of Twin Peaks along with new film restoration projects and rereleases prompted the creation of the film series. “For ‘Summer of Lynch,’ we’ve selected a stylistically diverse group of films that demonstrate the full scope of the director’s artistic evolution,” Anderson said.

A new 2017 documentary entitled David Lynch: The Art Life will kick off the series on August 10th.  The documentary showcases Lynch’s hand in artwork and stories from his childhood to his start in film.

His start in film came in the way of various shorts, resembling his artwork at the time, before transitioning to live action with The Alphabet. Ten years of crafting short films built up to his debut feature length film 1977's Eraserhead. It’s an enigmatically fascinating film about the fear of fatherhood. Little is said on screen, what populates the iconic soundscape is industrial machinery squeals, the cries of a deformed child, and visual storytelling.

You would assume that summer would be the wrong season to have a retrospective film series consisting of David Lynch projects, right? That would be true if you didn’t know about themes that Lynch tends to explore in his films. For example, Blue Velvet opens with oversaturated primary colors popping off roses against a white picket fence. The sun shines impossibly bright and everyone has fixed smiles. The undertow of the grass contains slimy black beetles that truly show what the town is built upon.

With similar themes in Twin Peaks, Lynch's foray into TV, and its' prequel film Fire Walk With Me, he explores the dark underbelly in a seemingly idealized small town.  Widely panned on its initial release -with even Quentin Tarantino saying post-Cannes screening he’d never see another Lynch film until he hears “something different”- for being too foreign from the original show run, Fire Walk with Me has seen a turnaround in recent years as audiences have discovered it to be another masterwork from Lynch that simply needed some time to marinate.

Picket fences get exchanged for clapboards in Hollywood with Mulholland Dr. and its pseudo sequel Inland Empire (screening from a 35mm print from David Lynch himself). Mulholland Dr., screening in 4k resolution, was named the greatest film of the 21st century by BBC and it’s easy to tell why. It’s a film that rewards the audience with every revisit and its legendary world building. Whatever you take away from it, you’d be hard pressed to walk away without being impacted.

Inland Empire is a very special entity altogether, even for someone as subversive as Lynch. Before the new season of Twin Peaks this year, this film was known as Lynch with no restraints or limits. It takes a lot of patience in its three-hour runtime with a nonlinear plot that is absolutely like nothing you’ve seen before. It’s an endless nightmare through the eyes of an actress who takes a role and finds the line between reality and acting jerked from her. Being immersed in this once-in-a-lifetime showing is something you cannot miss.

For a full schedule of screening times and to purchase tickets, visit the OKC MOA website

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