"GREENSBORO, NC – With unique visions from a nightmarish dreamscape all his own, American filmmaker David Lynch has left audiences gasping all over the world.
Born in 1946, Lynch celebrates his 70th birthday on January 20th. The party will continue throughout February and March when Geeksboro Coffeehouse Cinema presents Esoterotica: The Films of David Lynch -- a career-spanning retrospective that will include five of the director’s most provocative feature-length films.
Geeksboro will present a lineup that includes “Eraserhead” on February 20th, “Blue Velvet” February 27th, “Wild at Heart” March 5th, “Lost Highway” March 12th and “Muholland Drive” on March 19. Showtimes will start at 10 p.m., and each film will be presented with a short film or music video directed by Lynch prior to each screening.
$6 admission charge includes a free beverage, and advanced tickets can be purchased at www.geeksboro.com/lynch or at Geeksboro’s cafe, located at 2134 Lawndale Drive in Greensboro, NC.
The following is a list of times, dates, titles and synopses:
10 p.m. Saturday, February 20 -- “Eraserhead” (1977) -- The feature-length debut by Lynch, this surrealist body horror film follows the bleak existence of Henry, a man whose bizarre life takes an unexpected turn when his newborn baby turns out to be a horrible monster that will not stop wailing. Produced on a budget of $10,000, the film went on to gross $7 million domestically, becoming an instant cult classic for arthouse cinema and midnight movie audiences alike.
10 p.m. Saturday, February 27 -- “Blue Velvet” (1986) -- By far the most critically acclaimed film to be produced in North Carolina, this neo-noir detective film provides cheeky satire of suburban America as well as old mystery novels featuring “The Hardy Boys.” When a hapless, naive young man discovers a severed human ear in the middle of a field, his curiosity sends him down a deep, dark wormhole of human depravity. Featuring Isabella Rosellini, Dennis Hopper and frequent Lynch collaborator Laura Dern.
10 p.m. Saturday, March 5th -- “Wild at Heart” (1990) -- Laura Dern stars opposite Nicholas Cage in this Bonnie & Clyde romantic crime satire about two fugitive lovebirds on a crosscountry road trip. The film features an amazing ensemble cast of actors, including Willem Dafoe, Crispin Glover, Diane Ladd and Harry Dean Stanton, but Cage manages to steal the show as Sailor Ripley, an Elvis Presley wannabe with a dynamite temper. While American critics gave the film negative reviews, it earned top prize at the Cannes Film Festival as well as a Best Supporting Actress nomination for Ladd from both the Academy Awards and the Golden Globes.
10 p.m. Saturday, March 12th -- “Lost Highway” (1997) -- Bill Pullman, Patricia Arquette and Balthazar Getty star in this puzzle-box thriller written by Lynch and “Wild at Heart” author Barry Gifford. Pullman plays a man convicted of the murder of his wife (Arquette) who then inexplicably transforms into a young mechanic (Getty) and begins leading a new life. The movie is notable for both its soundtrack featuring Nine Inch Nails, David Bowie, Marilyn Manson and The Smashing Pumpkins as well as the fact that it features the last film performances by Richard Pryor, Jack Nance and Robert Blake.
10 p.m. Saturday, March 19th -- “Muholland Drive” (2001) -- Billed as a ‘Love Story in the City of Dreams,’ this film earned Lynch the best critical reviews of his career. A noir-ish mystery love story set in Hollywood, the film primarily focuses on a young woman (Naomi Watts) who arrives in Hollywood, only to befriend an amnesiac (Laura Harring). The pair form a friendship that quickly morphs into an intense love affair that wilts in the midst of a puzzling series of events. Audiences will forever debate the true meaning of the film, which Lynch claims will forever remain a secret.
About Geeksboro Coffeehouse Cinema – Established in November of 2012, Geeksboro is an alternative cinema that showcases cutting edge foreign, independent and documentary films. The cinema also features a full service gourmet coffee shop on the upper level that offers craft beer from the Carolinas and local pastries."
- A Press Release