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August 21, 2013 9:43 AM
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Exclusive: David Lynch's Son Launches Kickstarter Campaign For Narrative/Doc Hybrid 'Gray House'

Indiewire has exclusively learned that filmmaker and painter Austin Lynch, son to David, has launched a Kickstarter campaign to finance his latest project "Gray House," a hybrid drama that interweaves both documentary and narrative footage to frame a "conversation about nature, identity, consumerism and progress" (per the release). Lynch is looking for $25,000 to help fund his feature.

Lynch worked with his father and filmmaker Jason S. on the Webby Award-winning series "Interview Project," and has also directed a 10-part documentary chronicling the production of Terrence Malick's "The New World," and "Making 'There Will Be Blood,'" a film about the making of Paul Thomas Anderson's Oscar-winning epic.

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In "Gray House," Lynch investigates five politically and socially charged locations where he either conducts a series of interviews with the local residents or stages scripted scenes in the environment. Among the characters that populate the film: a bait fisherman on the Texas coast, oil workers in North Dakota, a couple living on a commune, and inmates at a women's prison in rural Virginia.

"The idea for 'Gray House' began with my interest in these locations," Lynch explained. "As the project evolved I decided to approach each space in a unique way and to create a film that incorporated both documentary and narrative footage. The film is about the affects of architecture on its inhabitants and the ways that our understanding of reality can be complicated by its representation."

The film's scripted sequences star Aurore Clemente ("Paris, Texas"), fashion designer Jeremy Scott, Nathaniel Brown ("Enter the Void"), and painter Dianna Molzan. Music is by Cameron Reed, who recorded two electronic albums on Warp Records under the pseudonym Babe Rainbow.

For more on the project, visit "Gray House"'s Kickstarter page. View the pitch video below:

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8 Comments

  • Artxuleta | August 22, 2013 1:59 PMReply

    Never thought of David lynch as a father. https://vimeo.com/m/7761485

  • Curtis | August 21, 2013 7:50 PMReply

    Quite often these directors do put their own money back into films, like Spike Lee said he said he put his fee for directing MALCOLM X right back into the film. I think Lynch would do best in another television series, but this time on cable in order to get away with more adult content and spread his wings a little like with Twin Peaks.

  • Joe | August 21, 2013 3:27 PMReply

    It's easy to imagine David Lynch is well off, but look at his box office returns. The only real money maker was Elephant Man way back in 1980. 32 years ago. He's not living the Spike Lee lifestyle blowing millions for courtside Knicks tickets.

    Do have to point out that mixing narrative and doc isn't that rare of a hybrid. It's called Cable TV reality programming.

  • Ben | August 21, 2013 12:50 PMReply

    Spelling error in the headline...CAN you find it.

  • llon | August 21, 2013 12:42 PMReply

    Eric, don't assume you know what someone's financial situation is. It's a business, investors invest, they expect a return. It would be foolish and bad buisness for David Lynch to pour all his funds into his projects, especially considering the success he has had. Also, just because someone has made films that you've seen, doesn't mean their rolling around in money. Few, very few, people have money to burn.

  • Curtis | August 21, 2013 10:16 AMReply

    i wish David Lynch would take to these sites to fund his films since he always says there is no money for the types of films he wants to make. If Spike Lee can get over a million with his vague descriptions, then Lynch can too.

  • CinemaPsycho | August 22, 2013 12:34 AM

    Lynch is basically an indie filmmaker at this point. He doesn't exactly make blockbusters that pull in billions of dollars. Not every "movie director" is Michael Bay. The average mainstream moviegoer doesn't even know his name, sadly. Do you really think he's making tons of money off of copies of Inland Empire?

  • Eric | August 21, 2013 11:35 AM

    I always got the impression Lynch was well off, why can't he fund his own and his son's projects? The whole, using of other people's money, is inconsiderate to say the least - especially when you're that successful.