<videovortex> David Lynch Launches TM TV Site

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Sun Mar 29 20:28:10 CEST 2009

David Lynch Launches Transcendental TV Site
By Scott Thill
March 28, 2009 | 9:20:00 AM
Categories: Celebrity, DIY, Events, Movies, Music, Web/Tech


The iconoclastic mind behind Blue Velvet, Twin Peaks and  
DavidLynch.com, one of the first celebrity membership sites on the  
internet, jumped into the online television game Wednesday, launching  
the David Lynch Foundation's DLF.TV. The site's focus is not on  
creating memorable demon spirits like Twin Peaks' Bob, but rather  
spreading the word about a time-worn technique to eradicate them,  
namely transcendental meditation, or TM.

"Instead of taking Ritalin, Prozac or any of those other drugs, you  
just sit and meditate for 20 minutes in the morning and afternoon, go  
about your business, and watch things get better and better," Lynch  
told Wired.com in a lengthy 2007 interview in which he discussed TM.  
"It doesn't happen overnight, but it happens, and some things happen  
right away. The anger that I had when I first started meditating in  
1974 lifted in two weeks. It kinda just went away."

DLF.TV's first webcast is set to air April 4, when TM (and Lynch) fans  
like Paul McCartney, Eddie Vedder and more take the stage at Radio  
City Music Hall for the foundation's Change Begins Within benefit  
concert. The goal of the concert is the same as Lynch's foundation,  
which is, as he explained in his own jocular way to Wired.com, "to  
give transcendental meditation to any student that wants it, so they  
can dive within, start expanding that consciousness, start expanding  
that bliss, and get on the big, fast train to enjoying life."

It's a mission that has been partly accomplished. To date, the David  
Lynch Foundation has given scholarships to more than 70,000 at-risk  
students in schools around the world to help them learn TM technique.  
The new site features a wealth of information on that technique, as  
well as cool recurring video features such as "David Doing Stuff" and  
"Daily David," in which Lynch jams with Moby (below) or meditates with  
thousands in Brazil.

The online television station is just another way Lynch has used the  
internet to take control of his production, artistic and otherwise.  
After launching the subscription-based DavidLynch.com in the late '90s  
to fund and expose his creative work and now an internet TV station  
dedicated to the educational mission of his well-intentioned  
foundation, the longtime director has positioned himself well for when  
the future of the digital age comes calling.

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