I imagine a lot of people seeing this interview these days would say he’s “on the spectrum.”
I’d make an argument that any person who finds a new way to be creative must be neuro-atypical.
I’ve heard more than a few folks complain that his post-Transcendental Meditation films don’t cut the mustard. Strange, I know.
There’s a message there for any aspiring artists: If you make your art about angst and grief, no one will appreciate it when you move on to personal contentment. So you might want to take the long view.
To me he comes across as a brilliant artist with an amazingly clear vision for one so young, who is already constantly being asked the same dumb questions about his work, as people try to fit it into some kind of standard narrative.
He seems incredibly patient and articulates a clear creative perspective. It was a pleasure to watch.
And how about the Grand Canyon sized chasm between the people walking out of the movie who totally got it, and the people without a clue? I have to confess, I was probably in the latter group the first time I saw it, although it was obviously special and unique.
David always struck me as someone walking a tightrope between answering a question as truthfully as possible and not ruining the magic of the art.
Pretty cool getting to see where they shot the movie.
My introduction to this film was when my Mom got impulsive in the E section of the video rental store and brought Eraserhead home, along with E.T. Made a great family double feature…
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