David Lynch is still messing with us.
The director, who self-distribbed his impenetrable “Inland Empire” — and then campaigned on its behalf by sitting with a cow on the corner of Hollywood Blvd. and La Brea — has a new trick up his sleeve.
Turns out that when Lynch spent two years hopping around the world shooting “Inland,” he had cameras rolling on him as well.
The result is a previously unknown full-length doc titled “Lynch,” which documents the filmmaker’s process of making “Empire.”
“Lynch,” which was financed by a Danish government film fund, will be shopped at the Cannes market in hopes of snaring buyers from the international territories where Lynch is adored. Theatrical rights will be available in every global territory except North America, where, like “Inland,” the movie will probably be self-distribbed; DVD rights are available worldwide.
A half-hour piece of the docu titled “Lynch 2” also has been included on the DVD of “Inland,” which Rhino Entertainment will release on homevid Aug. 14.
Just who got such access to Lynch’s famously quirky set is unclear; the director is “choosing to remain anonymous” and is credited only with the nom de plume “blackANDwhite.” The mystery director, who “lived and worked at Lynch’s home,” said in a statement that, “My goal is to present to the world the unique experience of being with David Lynch for a prolonged period of time, watching him as he creates on a day-to-day basis.”
With such intimate access, is it possible that the director is Lynch himself?
Reps at Lynch’s distribution shingle denied the possibility. “I can tell you 100% that it’s not David,” said Eric Bassett.
Bassett described the doc as a film that exists “somewhere between a documentary and a David Lynch movie.” It also “shows some rough stuff that I’m pretty shocked David let out,” Bassett says. “There are a lot of problems on the set. David admits he has no idea what he’s doing sometimes.”
The moniker of Lynch’s distribution arm may give a clue as to how the helmer views the creative process and, indeed, the world.
It’s called Absurda.