After an incredible New York debut in May, the David Lynch Foundation is excited to announce the 4th iteration of the Festival of Disruption, which will return to the Theatre at Ace Hotel in downtown Los Angeles on October 13th and 14th.
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PRESS HERE for tickets for the immersive festival, curated entirely by auteur filmmaker/artist David Lynch and presented by ALEX AND ANI, which go on sale June 20th at 10 am PT. The weekend will again unite David Lynch’s favorite creatives across disciplines and genres for a unique lineup of musical and artistic performances, talks, film screenings, art exhibits, meditation sessions and more, all with the goal of raising consciousness and funds for the David Lynch Foundation.
The event takes its name from one of Lynch’s favorite quotes, attributed to the founder of Transcendental Meditation, Maharishi Mahesh Yogi: “Life is a festival of disruption.” Indeed, only from the mind of Lynch could such a collection of artists join forces for this once-in-a-lifetime weekend. All of the participants were chosen because they champion creativity, experimentation, integrity, beauty, depth and kindness – they embody the spirit of Festival of Disruption.
“The Festival of Disruption is not only a music festival, it ‘ s also an art festival and forum for speakers to share ideas and inspire creativity. It promotes Transcendental Meditation, as taught by Maharishi Mahesh Yogi, to end suffering for the people and bring happiness and peace. The Festival of Disruption wants to disrupt the old bad, and bring in the new good!” – David Lynch
The musical lineup is led by Wu-Tang Clan founder RZA, who will re-score the classic 1978 kung-fu film “The 36th Chamber of Shaolin” from the opening sequence to closing credits, syncing scenes from the movie with tracks from Wu-Tang’s legendary discography. Leading the daytime programming, David Lynch himself will participate in an audience Q&A while attendees are treated to complimentary coffee and donuts. Multiple Academy Award-winning filmmaker Francis Ford Coppola will also give an audience Q&A and introduce a screening of his 1996 film “Jack” starring Robin Williams.
“I thought it would be interesting to show what is usually considered my worst film. As films are generally like your children you tend to favor those that are the most disadvantaged.” – Francis Ford Coppola
In addition, Sigur Rós’ Jónsi will team with collaborators Alex Somers and Paul Corley for Liminal Soundbath, a meditative light and sound experience which repurposes music from throughout their collective catalogs to hypnotic effect.
Other highlights include a rare stateside visit from legendary performer Grace Jones, who will discuss and screen her documentary “Bloodlight and Bami,” rising star rapper Vic Mensa, the second-ever performance from longtime Lynch fan Mike Patton (Faith No More, Mr. Bungle, Fantomas) and DJ QBert, a DJ set by members of Los Angeles-based band Saint Motel, and a musical trip back in time with Jeff Goldblum and the Mildred Snitzer Orchestra.
In a performance sure to delight longtime Lynch aficionados, renowned classical ensemble Dover Quartet will play music from their Twin Peaks Suite, while Nashville musician Justin Johnson, whom Lynch discovered on YouTube, will treat festival-goers to his signature approach to blues and roots music. Longtime David Lynch Foundation supporters Dylan Carlson (Earth) and Richard Reed Parry (Arcade Fire) will also perform during Festival of Disruption, while writer Barry Gifford will be featured in conversation in tandem with a screening of “Wild at Heart,” Lynch’s 1990 film adaptation of Gifford’s book of the same name.
Highlighting Lynch’s ongoing involvement in multiple artistic motifs, the festival will stage the U.S. premiere of his photography and sculpture collaboration with fashion designer Christian Louboutin entitled “Fetish,” first presented in 2007 at Galerie du Passage in Paris. Additional performers will be added at a later date.
Proceeds from Festival of Disruption benefit the David Lynch Foundation, whose mission is reducing toxic stress and trauma among at-risk populations, including victims of domestic violence, veterans suffering from post-traumatic stress, and underserved urban youth, through the evidence-based Transcendental Meditation (TM) technique. In line with this mission, the festival will welcome New York Times best-selling author Dr. Norman Rosenthal to discuss the psychological benefits of TM.
Previous Festival of Disruptions brought together Robert Plant, St. Vincent, Bon Iver, The Kills, TV On The Radio, Sharon Van Etten, Laura Marling, My Morning Jacket’s Jim James, Animal Collective, Angel Olsen, Au Revoir Simone, Reggie Watts, Questlove, Moby, Shepard Fai rey, Flying Lotus, Jon Hopkins, Dean Hurley, LCD Soundsystem’s Nancy Whang, John Malkovich, Laura Dern, Kyle MacLachlan, Naomi Watts, Bill Hader, Pete Holmes, Isabella Rossellini, Brian Koppelman, Gregory Crewdson, Frank Gehry, Ed Ruscha, “Twin Peaks” cast and crew members including Sheryl Lee, and many more for wildly successful weekends. Attendees were captivated by the immersive Lynchian world created at The Theatre at Ace Hotel and Brooklyn Steel with custom décor, bespoke food & beverage, and photo and virtual reality exhibits that reflected the filmmaker ‘ s incomparable vision.
As presenting sponsor, ALEX AND ANI will have a pop-up shop at the Festival featuring their limited edition collection designed in collaboration with David Lynch himself. Twenty percent of the purchase price of each ALEX AND ANI x David Lynch Foundation accessory benefits the organization’s mission to prevent + eradicate toxic stress among at-risk populations. New items to the charity collection will debut at the festival, including a beautiful Fish Hook Necklace and “Twin Peaks” themed Coffee and Donut Bangles. The ALEX AND ANI x David Lynch Foundation collection first debuted in October 2017 and has raised more than $250,000 for the Foundation to date.