“I think every time you do something, like a painting or whatever, you go with ideas and sometimes the past can conjure those ideas and color them, even if they’re new ideas, the past colors them.” – David Lynch


Jon Nguyen, Rick Barnes, Olivia Neergaard-Holm | USA & Denmark | 2016 | 88 min

Through personal photos, home movies and his own paintings, the iconic cineaste David Lynch reveals his formative years, from his idyllic upbringing in small town America and his early fascination with the ‘art life’, to the dark streets of Philadelphia, where he first imagined “paintings that moved, with sound” and made his first short films combining animation and live action.

Painting in his studio or playing with his youngest daughter (to whom the film is dedicated), Lynch candidly retells personal stories from his past that unfold like scenes from his films and that shine a light into the dark corners of Lynch’s unique world.

Directed by a trio of Lynch’s collaborators (Jon Nguyen, Rick Barnes, Olivia Neergaard-Holm), this intimate documentary portrait exposes the personal experiences that shaped one of cinema’s most enigmatic auteurs and reveals how art allowed him to find his place in the world and, at the same time, to create a world of his own.

“This cockeyed, oblique attempt to get closer to the worldview of David Lynch — one of American cinema’s finest oddities — is a compelling slice of cinephile inquiry.” –

Amsterdam premiere on Wednesday 24 May 19:30h at Rialto Amsterdam with an introduction by a special guest. Follow-up screenings will take place in selected Dutch cinemas in June.

Cracking the Frame

A monthly program featuring an international selection of theatrically unreleased, critically acclaimed arts documentaries.
Cracking the Frame focuses on the creative intersection between art and film through thought-provoking cinematic portraits of the life and work of established contemporary artists, photographers, filmmakers and global thinkers.


Full Van Gogh Museum CTFP program

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In case you were wondering, here’s the complete Cracking the Frame Presents @ Van Gogh Museum program. The program will be screened twice, at 19:00 and 20:00, as part of the Museum’s evening program Vincent on Friday on the 28th of April.

Idem Paris
David Lynch – 7:48 min
Short documentary directed by David Lynch. The film is a wordless observation of the lithographic process at the legendary fine art printing studio Idem Paris.

Piranesi – Carceri D’Invenzione
Gregoire Dupond – 11:40 min
An animated voyage through Giovanni Battista Piranesi (1720-78) famous etchings of imaginary prisons, Le Carceri d’Invenzione.

A Kert 
Orosz Istvan – 6:10 min
A poetic and surreal animation by award-winning Hungarian film director, graphic artist and printmaker István Orosz.

Lotte Reiniger – 10:15 min
A magical silhouette animation of Hans Christian Andersen’s fairy tale Thumbelina by the pioneering master of this technique, Lotte Reiniger.

Duo Concentrantes
Larry Jordan – 8:34 min
Animated collage film created by American experimental filmmaker Larry Jordan using cut-outs of Victorian engravings.

Electric Literature
Martha Colburn – 2 min
Artist Martha Colburn animates a sentence from Author Diana Wagman’s tale of a young woman’s first sexual relationship after a mastectomy.

Choreography for Copy Machine (Photocopy Cha Cha)
Chel White – 3:40 min
The ultimate Xerox fetish film! All of this film’s images were created solely by using the photographic capabilities of a photocopying machine.

Johan Rijpma – 1:34 min
A piece of paper is ripped multiple times, creating a series of new patterns. Directed by Dutch visual artist and filmmaker Johan Rijpma.




Idem Paris
I can finally announce that next Cracking the Frame Presents curated event will take place on 28 April at Van Gogh Museum!
The Museum invited Cracking the Frame to compile a short film program to be presented as part of their new thematic exhibition ‘Prints in Paris’. The program is a mix of experimental films, artist’s videos, documentaries and animations that pay tribute to the aesthetics of classic art prints or that are created utilising some of the techniques directly associated to printmaking (etching, collage, xerographic printing…). The selection includes recent and classic productions by international filmmakers and video artists such as David Lynch, Lotte Reiniger, Larry Jordan, Martha Colburn, Orosz Istvan, Chel White, Johan Rijpma and Gregoire Dupond.
The program will be screened twice in the evening of Friday 28 April, as part of the Museum monthly program ‘Vincent on Friday’ and it is kindly supported by Goethe Institute Amsterdam.
This presentation marks Cracking the Frame first collaboration with the prestigious Van Gogh Museum and I am thrilled to finally be able to present this program!