David Lynch’s Festival of Disruption Fuses Music, Film, Art and Meditation

Film fanatics have long been privy to director David Lynch’s unique vision. From “The Elephant Man” to “Twin Peaks” to “Mulholland Drive,” Lynch’s perspective is one which lends to mystery, eccentricity and overall intoxication. From Oct. 14-15, the famed filmmaker will turn such ideas into reality with his own curated event, Festival of Disruption. Held at The Theatre at Ace Hotel in Los Angeles, Lynch has carefully pieced together a series of shows, talks, exhibits and film screenings to reflect not only what’s in his mind, but the creative reality that surrounds him.

In collaboration with the David Lynch Foundation, a non-profit setup in 2005 in order to promote health by means of transcendental meditation, particularly amongst at-risk youth, Festival of Disruption will feature not only various forms of artistic expression, but meditation sessions as well. Renowned meditation teacher Bob Roth will lead a session with comedians Bill Hader and Pete Holmes. Also on the bill under meditation is Brian Eno’s “Reflection,” the musician’s latest ambient release.

The varied sonic lineup includes folk star Bon Iver, lo-fi garage rock outfit The Kills, indie giants TV on the Radio, singer-songwriter Sharon Van Etten, folk darling Laura Marling, Mexican-American vocal icon Rebekah Del Rio and improvisational comedy beat boxer Reggie Watts. DJ sets will also be provided by Moby and Obey artist Shepard Fairy.

Though music plays an important role here, Lynch and company wanted to make clear that this wasn’t just a music festival. Lynch and his foundation want attendees to walk away not only having had entertainment, but to feel a sense of education. Enter the “Talks” portion of the weekend featuring renowned art journalist and Lynch biographer Kristine McKenna who will lead a series of conversations not only with Lynch himself, but including actor Bill Pullman, artist Ed Ruscha and Laura Palmer herself, Sheryl Lee. Other Twin Peaks collaborators will also be featured and are likely to discuss the ever-mysterious intricacies of Lynch’s infamous television show.

Lynch is the star of the weekend, reflected clearly by the film portion of the event which will see various works of his including the 1997 noir release “Lost Highway” starring fellow Disruption attendee Bill Pullman, his ’89 TV doc “Don’t Look at Me” as well as various shorts of his from throughout the years. Also featuring Lynch will be the exhibition portion of the festival which is set to include his paintings alongside photographer William Eggleston and a special Polaroid Originals exhibit called “The Red Room.”

Tickets for the weekend range from $249 GA to a $999 donor seating which includes a special cocktail party hosted by Lynch and prime seating in the premier, lower-level section of the theater.

Festival of Disruption will take place at The Theatre at Ace Hotel Oct. 14-15. Tickets can be purchased here.