David Lynch’s Sons – Who Are They?

With the long-anticipated Twin Peaks Showtime reboot just around the corner (set to premiere April 2017), it seems no one can get enough of director and transcendental meditation advocate David Lynch. 

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Whether looking to attend his highly anticipated, sold-out Festival of Disruption, or merely re-watch some of their favorite movies such as Eraserhead, Blue Velvet or Mulholland Drive, his fans are lining up by the dozens to know more about him.  But as rumors and chatter that the legend may soon retire flourish the media, his fans may wonder, who will carry on his legacy once he’s gone? Well fear not, David Lynch has two wildly talented up-and-coming sons named Austin and Riley, both whom are film makers and just starting to make a name for themselves.   

Riley Sweeney Lynch

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Riley Sweeney Lynch is the younger of the two brothers. He was born in 1992 to David Lynch and Mary Sweeney who worked extensively together (on the original Twin Peaks, Mulholland Drive, and Blue Velvet to name a few).  

Riley has an active social media presence on Twitter (riley_s_lynch), vimeo (rileysweeneylynch) and Instagram (rileylynchofficial).  And while you may not have seen any of Riley’s film work, he has studied and the School for the Art Institute of Chicago has made a number of short films.  riley-lynch-with-vagina-picture

In February, 2013 Riley launched a Kickstarter campaign to fund a then untitled film project with two of his class mates.  The film was funded in 10 days and surpassed its goal of $5000 from backers all over the world. Not much was known about what the film would entail, other than a brief description that was included on Kickstarter: “A young man is unable to recall his dreams. Losing his source of inspiration, he seeks refuge in the home of a desert dwelling woman.”  The film, ‘Meanwhile, the Night,’ was unleashed to the world a few months later at a Chicago Screening in August 2013 and is now available on Vimeo for those interested to see Riley’s work.  We’ll also embed it here, if we can.

Riley is credited for his behind the scenes work for Inland Empire (2006); as well fans can expect to see Riley in the new Twin Peaks in an acting role in the premiere and has a production role for the rest of the show’s run.

Austin Jack Lynch

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Born ten years earlier than Riley, on September 7, 1982,  is his older brother Austin Jack Lynch.

He is the son of David Lynch and Mary Fisk.  He is best known for known for Interview Project (2009) which he is the creator and director. Interview Project (2009) was shot over 70 days across the United States and features brief interviews with hundreds of different Americans.  He also shot a film that documented the making of Terrence Malick’s ‘The New World’ entitled Making ‘The New World’ (2006).  As well, you may know him from his acting role Inland Empire (2006) as Devon Berk’s Driver.  Before that he had a brief screen role in the second season of Twin Peaks (1990) as a character only called Little Boy. His character was Mrs Tremond’s grandson. 

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Following in the foot steps of his younger brother, Austin created a Kickstart his film ‘Gray house’, later in 2013.   His film ‘Gray House’  was much more bigger and ambitious that his younger brother’s, and Austin set a goal of $25,000 USD.   In less than a month of crowdsourcing, his film had reached his goal.  According to the description on Kickstarter: “Gray House is an exploration of domestic space that frames a conversation about nature, identity, consumerism and progress.”   And despite the numerous stake holders, as 2016 the film has not yet been released nor are any public updates available. 

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Austin’s directorial style is somewhat comparable to his father’s.  With a focus on narrative he provides audiences with highly empathetic characters. Austin’s films tend to be slightly less dark than his father’s.  In addition to film-making Austin is an avid painter, with his interest in visual art starting in high school and continuing through college.  From there he gained an interest in photography and attending classes at North Carolina School of The Arts.

The Return Of Twin Peaks

Twin Peaks fans held their breath throughout 2016.  This year marked the famed 25 years later that promised Bob’s return.  While everyone was hopeful that it may be a Twin Peaks relaunch, no one dared hope.  However, much to everyone’s surprise, with a new run of Twin Peaks announced there will be a new generation of Twin Peaks fans and David Lynch fans. 

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Surely his younger sons are more than fit to carry the torch and carry on David Lynch’s legacy through creating new films for this new generation of Lynch fans to enjoy.  Be sure to watch out for Riley Austin in the upcoming pilot of the new Twin Peaks and be sure to keep an eye out of the release of Austin’s Gray House.  These two have already shown so much potential in their lives, and with their talent the sky’s the limits.

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