Featuring David Lynch and an Ensemble Cast of Creative Talent
London, August 22nd, 2018. Stella McCartney unveils “Curtains Up,” a short film celebrating the practice of Transcendental Meditation and filmmaking featuring David Lynch created by Los Angeles based creative studio Tête-à-Tête founded by filmmaker Austin Lynch and artist Case Simmons; launching exclusively on www.nowness.com today. The collaboration was created in support of the charitable works of the David Lynch Foundation, whose mission is to help prevent and eradicate the epidemic of trauma and toxic stress among at-risk populations through promoting the implementation of evidence-based Transcendental Meditation (TM) program in order to improve health, cognitive capabilities and performance in life.
David Lynch started practicing TM in 1973 and has been meditating every day since; the powerful and cinematic film provides insight into the technique that Lynch attributes to his success. Through the pairing of cinematic imagery, projected film, and narration from Lynch, inspired by his book Catching the Big Fish, “Curtains Up” aims to illustrate how the method is part of the creative process.
Quote from David Lynch
“When you dive within, the Self is there and true happiness is there. There’s a pure, huge, unbounded ocean of it. It’s bliss–physical, emo¬tional, mental, and spiritual happiness that starts growing from within.”
A follower and advocate of TM and the work of the David Lynch Foundation, Stella McCartney is featured in a cameo in “Curtains Up.” The designer is joined by an eclectic ensemble cast of creative talents in support the foundation’s mission. Throughout the film, actors: Ashton Sanders, Sasha Lane, Lola Kirke Tommy Dorfman and Jenni Hensler, musicians: Børns, Imaad Wasif and Sky H1, artist: Petra Cortright, film projectionist: Carolyn Funk, and Bob Roth (leading TM teacher of 40 years and CEO of the David Lynch Foundation), appear in states of meditation in their own natural space. Individuals around Los Angeles, who have benefited from the practice of TM as they overcome personal challenges, are also highlighted in the film.
Quote from Stella McCartney:
“Transcendental Meditation is very much a personal sense of space and clarity for me. It is one of the most liberating things that I can do to find clarity, mindfulness and wellbeing. It is an incredible concept, for humanity that allows you be a better person, be more productive, more thoughtful and more calm. I believe in it so much that collaborating with David Lynch Foundation in this film was a natural step. I’m a huge admirer of David, he’s an icon and a genius. He has such a dark calmness in everything that he does, his talent is just undeniable and I think that he’s made a true mark in the world of cinema and also in the world of mindfulness.”
The nine-minute short film is structured around the concept of a film within a film. Powerful images that show movement and activity on the surface of life and nature through light and colour are contrasted with the pulsing and sound of a film projector throughout. “Curtains Up” offers the viewers a space to reflect on the source of creativity, how Transcendental Meditation nurtures it, all while enlivening the self.
Quote from Austin Lynch and Case Simmons of Tête-à-Tête:
“This Film is comprised of potent portraiture of artists, the mechanics of film projection, and painterly depictions of nature. Lynch’s words become a guide, navigating us along this celebration of personal transcendence and artistic creation. Our cast, collaborators, and sponsors were indispensable in actualizing this project. We are indebted greatly by their willingness to give so much of themselves to bring “Curtains Up”to life.”
This is the second collaboration between Tête-à-Tête and Stella McCartney, following the brand’s Autumn Winter 2018 menswear film featuring Ashton Sanders revealed earlier this month. McCartney was honoured this past May for her humanitarian work for women’s causes by the David Lynch Foundation’s Women’s Health Initiative, which teaches TM to women who are survivors of domestic violence and sexual assault.
NOWNESS presents will reveal “Curtains Up” exclusively from August 22nd for 2 weeks, this is Stella McCartney’s first original video content in affiliation with the creative digital channel. Simultaneously a special preview of the short film can be experienced by invitation at the recently opened Stella McCartney Old Bond Street Store’s Members and Non-Members Only Club, for more information: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Additionally from September 6th through October 12th the film will be screened at a special “Sanctuary of Stillness” installation in the department store, Galeries Lafayette in Paris as part of their “Go For Good” environmental initiative. “Curtains Up” will also be part of the David Lynch Foundation’s Festival of Disruption in Los Angeles from October 13th to 14th. Further surprise screenings to follow.
Narrator: David Lynch
Directed by: Austin Lynch
Produced by: Case Simmons
Director of Photography: Colin Patrick Smith
Composer: Philip Nicolai Flindt
Sound Design: Philip Nicolai Flindt, Adrian Aurelius, Ballad
‘Movin’ On’ (Instrumental)
Written and Performed by David Lynch and Dean Hurley
About Stella McCartney
Stella McCartney is a luxury lifestyle brand that was launched under the designer’s name in 2001 and was under a 50/50 partnership with Kering until March 31st 2018. Stella’s approach to design emphasizes sharp tailoring, natural confidence with a naturally sexy attitude. The brand is committed to ethical values, and believes the company is responsible for the resources it uses and the impact it has on the environment. It is therefore constantly exploring innovative ways to become more sustainable, from designing to store practices and product manufacturing. As a lifelong vegetarian, Stella McCartney does not use any leather or fur. The brand now offers women and menswear ready-to-wear, as well as handbags, shoes and a kid’s line. It has also developed under licensing eyewear, lingerie, swimwear, fragrances and a long-term partnership with Adidas. The collections are currently available in more than 100 countries at wholesale, and through 53 freestanding stores including London, Los Angeles, Tokyo, Hong Kong, Dubai, Milan, Shanghai and newly opened stores including Florence, Paris, and New York. For additional information, please visit: www.stellamccartney.com
Tête-à-Tête is a Los Angeles based creative studio founded by filmmaker Austin Lynch and artist Case Simmons. Austin Lynch is a filmmaker and painter. Austin co-directed the Webby Award winning “Interview Project” and The Lovie Award winning “Interview Project Germany”. He also directed “Making The New World,” a chronicle of the production of Terrence Malick’s “The New World,” and “Making There Will Be Blood,” about Paul Thomas Anderson’s “There Will Be Blood.” His experimental feature film “Gray House” (2017) premiered at CPH:DOX, where it was awarded Special Mention in the main competition.
Case Simmons is an artist and producer. As one half of the artist collaboration, Simmons & Burke, his work has been exhibited internationally and is held in public collections such as the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, The Jumex Collection, Mexico City, The Me Collectors Room, Berlin, and most recently the Los Angeles County Museum of Art.
About the David Lynch Foundation
The David Lynch Foundation (DLF) is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, founded in 2005, that addresses the epidemic of trauma and toxic stress among under-resourced populations by offering courses in Transcendental Meditation. DLF has served more than one million children and adults worldwide, with a focus on underserved youth, veterans suffering from post-traumatic stress, and women and children survivors of domestic violence and sexual assault. DLF also works with those dealing with substance use disorder, the homeless, prison populations, people living with HIV/AIDS, and others.
What is Transcendental Meditation?
Transcendental Meditation is a simple, easily learned technique, practiced for 20 minutes twice a day, sitting comfortably in a chair with the eyes closed. During TM, the body gains a deep state of relaxation while the mind is settled and wide-awake and the brain functions with increased orderliness and coherence. More than 400 peer-reviewed studies verify the benefits of Transcendental Meditation for mind and body, including reduced stress and stress-related disorders, such as high blood pressure, anxiety, depression, and insomnia, while also increasing creativity, energy, and focus.