David Lynch, whose deeply influential, deeply disturbing first feature, 1977's midnight movie cult hit Eraserhead, was inspired by the filmmaker's time living in Philadelphia, returns in September as the subject of a career retrospective at his art school alma mater, the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts.
But before Lynch -- who lives and works in Los Angeles, making movies, paintings, sculpture, music and coffee (he has his own eponymous brand – you can buy the beans online) -- mingles with the crowd at PAFA's Sept. 12 opening gala, he'll sit down for a chat with the Philadelphia Film Society. On Wednesday, Sept. 10, the white-maned, chain-smoking renaissance man will be interviewed onstage at the Prince Music Theater, where he will no doubt recall his days walking, biking, and driving around the City of Brotherly Love – in its less brotherly and loving days. (Lynch's first Philly address was at 13th and Wood, right by the old police morgue.) Immediately following the talk -- with Lynch's friend, the Los Angeles journalist Kristine McKenna -- PFS will present his 1997 noir thriller, Lost Highway. The PFS "David Lynch Revisited" series kicks off Sept. 3 with Eraserhead, and will insinuate itself into the Philadelphia Film Festival's October programming, too. Other titles to be shown include Twin Peaks: Fire Walk With Me (1992), Inland Empire (2006), Elephant Man (1980 -- a free outdoor screening), Blue Velvet (1986) and Mulholland Drive (2001) .
For a complete schedule, and for time, ticket and theater info, click here, or go to the PFS Roxy Theater Box Office, 2023 Sansom Street, Philadelphia PA, 19103. Unless otherwise noted, all films will take place at the Prince Music Theater, 1412 Chestnut Street.