David Lynch is having a Web TV party! Paul and Ringo are invited!

Davidlynch_lToday, David Lynch launched David Lynch Foundation Television (dlf.tv), a new online venture that he calls a "celebration of consciousness, creativity and bliss." As you probably know, in addition to being one of the most envelope-pushingly creative filmmakers working today — I still get freaked out thinking about Bob from Twin Peaks — Lynch is a devotee of Transcendental Meditation with 35 years experience. His foundation is dedicated to teaching at-risk youngsters to meditate as a way of coping with stress. Now, he’s got this new site dedicated to all things Transcendental Meditation — or just TM for those in the know — and it’s chock-full of videos, docs, and other odds and ends that Lynch fans will gobble up.

Among the video offerings, there’s "Daily David," where you can see the Blue Velvet director pontificate on such topics as silence, how to make a good movie (he talks a lot about props), and "cleaning the machine," i.e. meditating. Under the awesomely named "David Doing Stuff" channel, there’s a video of Lynch jamming with Moby. (Personally, I prefer these rando fly-on-the-wall vids, even if my "high-speed connection" here at work reduces them to a sputtering, jittery mess.)

Aaaaaand, on April 4, dlf.tv will also host its very first webcast, a concert at New York City’s Radio City Music Hall headlined by Paul McCartney and featuring Ringo Starr (two Beatles under one roof!), Eddie Vedder, Sheryl Crow, and Lynch’s jamming buddy, Moby. You still have to mosey on over to davidlynch.com  to watch the guy’s daily weather reports for the L.A. area or buy his coffee (all organic all the time!), but tell me PWAAFL — that’s PopWatchers Who Are Also Fans of David Lynch — are you into the idea of dlf.tv? Could it be your ticket to consciousness, creativity and bliss?

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  • paige

    i also get freaked out by anything BOB related…

  • todders

    David Lynch should be working with this guy: (check out the mustache)
    http://www.digitalfuntown.com/videos/158

  • John M. Knapp, LMSW

    The upcoming McCartney/Lynch Concert to benefit the David Lynch Foundation’s will raise funds to teach Transcendental Meditation in the public schools.
    Many critics feel this is a clear Church/State violation because of the religious trappings of Transcendental Meditaiton.
    A group of critics, including myself, have organized a free web event to discuss this controversy. You may be interested in attending.
    You can find the details at http://knappfamilycounseling.com/tmconcert.html .

  • Bruce in NC

    Good Lord, are we are really coming up on 20 years since Twin Peaks premiered (April 1990)?

  • happyguy

    looks like there is a free raffle there (www.dlt.tv) to win 2 tickets to the concert (backstage) and meet DL and maybe other performers

  • happyguy

    btw, regarding the post below by john knapp – since he is using this forum to attack dlf and to promote his services, it seems only fair to point out here that john knapp is a well known internet troll for his “counseling” services – that he makes his living targeting non-mainstream programs and organizations and then trying to convince people that they are actually involved in a “cult”, so that they will pay him to help them get out of their “cultish” dependencies – and there probably are some weak-minded people who more easily get overly involved with (and cultishly dependent upon) other people, organizations, diets, etc, and knapp likely finds some of those people who fall for his “shtick” – he’d love for them to instead be dependent on his commercial counseling – so he posts all over the internet trying to stir up controversy and get people focused on his “services”
    (continued)

  • laughing crow

    I’m a staunch supporter of church/state separation, and also strongly in favor of Transcendental Meditation being practiced by at-risk schoolchildren (even in schools) or by anyone else who wishes to benefit.
    The David Lynch Foundation is not defining “Change Begins Within” as a concert to “raise millions to introduce ‘TM/Quiet Time’ into public schools.” The DLF Website states the purpose as follows:
    “The David Lynch Foundation provides funds for students to learn to meditate through TM teaching centers, hospital-sponsored wellness programs, boys and girls clubs, before- and after-school programs, and in schools when invited by the administration. Instruction is voluntary and is provided to a child with the permission of a parent and with no cost to the family, organization, or school.”
    This concert is not an attempt to introduce TM to the public school system. It is to raise funds to teach 1 million kids to meditate–in TM centers or through any organizations that request TM.

  • happyguy

    interestingly, john knapp himself admits on the internet to once being heavily involved with TM meditation – and when it didn’t completely meet his expectations, he angrily quit practicing tm and decided that he would spend his time (and make a business) being against TM and other non-mainstream self-help organizations or programs – he would be happy to be hired no matter what the focus of someone’s over-involvement might be)
    meditation, tm or otherwise, is not a panacea for all of someone’s problems – it won’t make all your “issues” just disappear – its just a tool (albeit a very effective one) for getting rid of the stress and fatigue that are obstacles to learning and growth – and different people may just have more substantial & challenging issues to work and grow through

  • happyguy

    but millions of people have learned TM meditation over the last 50 years and happily practice it twice a day – and not only do they enjoy the deep relaxation of the 20 minute meditation period, but they benefit most from the greater clarity and reduction of stress that it provides throughout their whole day – in fact there have been almost 400 peer reviewed medical and scientific studies published in hundreds of top science journals from dozens of established research institutions around the world over the last 40+ years documenting the positive health effects of the practice of TM
    and you may well find a handful of vocal critics trying to scare people away – “meditation is a religion from the east – beware!” “meditation will damage your brain – beware!” ” meditation doesn’t do anything – beware!” “research on TM shows that meditation does phenomenal good, but instead learn our meditation by email – for less!” “meditation is a cult – instead join OUR counseling services”

  • Glory Dog

    Some people mistakenly assume that Transcendental Meditation is a religion just because it’s called ‘meditation,’ and therefore shouldn’t be in the schools or offered to school kids. But it isn’t a religion, it’s a technique. In fact, it’s a science as much as it’s anything. I’ve been doing it for years, and I’m in no way involved in “religious trappings.” This church/state mumbojumbo against TM is witch-hunt mentality. What kind of person would want to deprive kids of reduced anxiety, improved learning ability, less substance abuse, and better grades? These are the scientifically proven benefits of TM. It works!!

  • truthdemon

    This is concert will be great!!! And what a worthy cause. Meditation is among the best things to spend money on for our kids. Just look at the scientific research verifying TM’s benefits and what doctors and researchers from medical schools are saying at http://www.DoctorsonTM.org . The NIH has so far spent $24 million researching TM’s effects on brain function and cardiovascular health, and the science grants keep coming.
    And here’s an informative Website addressing the Beatles’ “India experience” and clarifying what really happened between the Beatles and Maharishi:
    http://www.beatlesinindia.blogspot.com
    Maharishi was a great teacher of meditation. He stayed true to his purpose his whole life, speaking the simple message that the human mind contains an infinite potentiality that can be tapped through the effortless meditation technique that he revived, after the TM technique had been lost to society—East and West—for thousands of years.

  • bloggabix

    Another wonderfully creative idea from the David Lynch Foundation. Well done all. And what a great concert planned for April 4. Hope you meet the target of $50 million to teach TM to all those kids. They certainly need this great technique to relieve stress from their lives.

  • happyprof

    It’s about time the rich and famous come out of the closet and talk about important things that can help the rest of us, like growing in consciousness.

  • Eric Friedmann

    David Lynch is one of the few totally original and one of my favorite directors of film today. However, I roll my eyes and ignore cultist bullsh*t like this!

  • Old Beatles Fan

    What’s this “religious trappings” stuff of Transcendental Meditation that some guy talks about in an earlier comment? Educators say the technique is miraculous in defusing campus stress and helping schoolkids of all religions tap into their creative and mental potential.

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