Documentarian Alexandre O. Philippe specializes in taking viewers deep inside their favorite movies. For his latest project, he lifts the velvet curtain on iconic filmmaker David Lynch’s obsession with The Wizard Of Oz —a film that Lynch/Oz argues is the foundational text for all of Lynch’s work. Red shoes, hollow winds, gossamer bubbles, naïve young women in terrible trouble—all these elements and more are present in Blue Velvet, Wild At Heart, Mulholland Drive, and Twin Peaks, as Lynch/Oz illustrates with striking, persuasive split-screen visuals.
For Lynch/Oz, Philippe enlists an impressive lineup of critics, writers, and directors, including Karyn Kusama, John Waters, David Lowery,Rodney Ascher, Amy Nicholson, and Justin Benson and Aaron Moorhead. Each of these creatives brings their own unique take on Lynch and Oz, expanding the film’s scope from simple analysis to a larger meditation on the nature of creativity and how the things we love make us who we are. --Frederic Boyer
Alexandre O. Philippe holds an MFA in Dramatic Writing from the Tisch School of the Arts and is Creative Director at Exhibit A Pictures. Through a body of work that includes 78/52, Memory: The Origins of Alien, Alexandre has developed his own brand of “cinema essay,” exploring the art of filmmaking.