Most know David Lynch as the eccentric director with a keen ability to creep everyone out (The Elephant Man, Blue Velvet, Mulholland Drive). But more recently DL’s been getting the spotlight for focusing his energies on directing school children, er… to chill out through Transcendental Meditation and his non-profit org, the David Lynch Foundation. Yes, David Lynch is a longtime meditater! And he believes the children are our future, teach them welllll and leeeettt them…Anyway, earlier this year he held a star-studded benefit event with performances from the likes of Moby, Sheryl Crow, Eddie Vedder, Donovan and Macca! (Sir Paul McCartney).
Back then we were teased with what would be Mr. Lynch’s next project: a documentary on the life of Maharishi Mahesh Yogi, who semi recently passed away at age 91.
NYmag spoke with the man and we have confirmation! David Lynch is off to India to begin work on documenting the life of the famous Beatles-altering yogi.
Via Daily Intel
On Transcendental Meditation and bringing it to schools:
Things happen in schools that no one would ever dream of — a nightmare — so much stress, so little learning. It’s very, very bad; however, you give students this technique to dive within, to transcend, to experience that big ocean of bliss — consciousness, intelligence, creativity — it’s unbounded there. Give them that experience and things transform right away; this [meditation] from within changes everything.
What is your next project?
I’m going to make a film on Maharishi Mahesh Yogi. It won’t be a so-called David Lynch film, really; it will be about Maharishi and the knowledge he brought out. It’ll hold a lot of abstractions. We’re on our way to India in December to start the India part of it.
Will it be a narrative feature?
It’ll have to go in the documentary department, I think. I don’t think it’ll be a talking heads kind of thing, but we’re going to do a lot of interviews with people. We’ll interview — I hope — in India, a 97-year-old man who was with Maharishi from the beginning and get stories of times that weren’t so well recorded.
Cool! If it’s anything like Sgt. Pepper‘s meets Lost Highway in India we’re in!