AFI pinches David Lynch

Helmer to serve as guest artistic director for fest

AFI Fest has tapped David Lynch as the first guest artistic director for its upcoming festival.

Lynch has created artwork that will serve as the official image of the 24th annual event. He’ll program a sidebar of films that have influenced and inspired him. Festival takes place Nov. 4-11 at Grauman’s Chinese, the Mann Chinese 6, the Egyptian Theater and the Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel.

“AFI gave me an opportunity and money to make a short film, ‘The Grandmother,’ and my first feature film, ‘Eraserhead,'” said Lynch in a statement.

Lynch was one of the first fellows of AFI’s Center for Advanced Film Studies, now known as the AFI Conservatory.

“David Lynch is AFI,” said Bob Gazzale, AFI prexy and CEO.

“He’s an artist who embodies the institute’s national mandate to both educate the next generation and to honor the masters. As a master himself, his leadership will catalyze a global conversation to bring attention to him and others who deserve a proper bow.”

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