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Celebrated Film Director David Lynch
at USC on November 3 to Speak on
"Consciousness, Creativity, and the Brain"
To Launch New Foundation to Help Students
Overcome Stress through Meditation
Award-winning director David Lynch (Elephant Man, Blue Velvet, Twin Peaks, Mulholland Drive) will speak at University of Southern California on "Consciousness, Creativity and the Brain" on Thursday, November 3, at 7:30 p.m.
Lynch's talk will be held at the beautiful Bovard Auditorium on the USC campus. The talk is free and open to the public.
3551 Trousdale Parkway, Los Angeles, CA 90089
Lynch, who is in the midst of directing his new film, Inland Empire, will speak and answer questions on his films. He will also launch the David Lynch Foundation for Consciousness-Based Education and World Peace-a national nonprofit organization dedicated to bringing the benefits of stress-reducing meditation to students (www.davidlynchfoundation.org).
Lynch's foundation recently partnered with other foundations in a $1.2 million research grant to study the effects of Transcendental Meditation on brain functioning, academic performance, learning disorders, anxiety, depression, and substance abuse among students in nine schools and colleges.
The reclusive filmmaker admits to his aversion to public speaking, but said he is coming to USC to highlight the need for students to overcome the epidemic of stress that pervades colleges and schools. "Students experience fear, anxiety, depression-their life is not what it should be. I know from my own 30 years of experience that meditation can work. I am coming to tell students that my foundation is available to help them develop their consciousness, creativity, and brain through meditation," Lynch said.
Lynch will be joined at the talk by quantum physicist Dr. John Hagelin, who was recently featured in the hit film What the Bleep Do We Know? and neuroscientist Dr. Fred Travis, director of the Center for Brain, Consciousness and Cognition at Maharishi University of Management.
The presentation is being presented by the USC School of Cinema-Television-Writing Division.
David Lynch is one of the most creative and fascinating artists of our time. Mr. Lynch is the director of Eraserhead, The Elephant Man, Blue Velvet, Twin Peaks, Wild at Heart, Lost Highway, The Straight Story, and Mulholland Drive. He is currently directing his new film, Inland Empire. But Mr. Lynch is not only creative as a filmmaker, he is also a painter, photographer, sculptor, furniture designer, composer of soundscapes, song writer, author, and producer. Mr. Lynch's numerous awards for filmmaking include Academy Award nominations for Best Director for Mulholland Drive in 2001, Blue Velvet in 1986, and Elephant Man in 1980. He also won Best Director for Mulholland Drive from the Cannes International Film Festival and the LA Film Critics Association. Last year, the Guardian in the U.K. named Mr. Lynch the world's best film director of the past 40 years. Mr. Lynch is also dedicated peace activist and chair of the David Lynch Foundation for Consciousness-Based Education and World Peace, a national nonprofit organization dedicated to bringing the stress-reducing benefits of Transcendental Meditation to students of all ages.
If you are involved with an educational institution or a foundation and would like to be more involved, please contact Penny Hintz at 310 459 2777 or Pennytm@aol.com