It’s coming up on 20 years since Twin Peaks was created, and there’s been something of a revival of the series this past year thanks to the second season and Gold Edition box sets coming out on DVD for the first time. Have you enjoyed that?
I love the world of Twin Peaks. So I’m happy that it’s finally all together in one set. The pilot is real special to me. Mark [Frost, Twin Peak’s co-creator] and I finished that pilot script pretty late one night, and when I got home I just started reading it, and I was surprised how much I liked it. But you know, we had zero thought that this thing would travel so well around the world. Somehow there was something that was caught and appreciated by all different kinds of people. It was a magical thing that no one could have foreseen.
Kenneth Anger’s films have also been released on DVD for the first time. Do you feel like there’s a renewed interest in experimental film?
I always felt that things go in waves, and I think that there will be a kind of art-house revival. The Internet’s where it’s probably gonna happen. I think people get burned out on Hollywood cinema, and they’re looking for some other thing. That’s always the way it goes.
Do you ever poke around YouTube and check out the weird things people post?
Not that much. But lots of people sure do, and when you discover something you like, it’s pretty thrilling, and news travels fast. It’s incredible. It’s a world theater.
I loved Inland Empire. But it was so long and bizarre and intense that I sort of left the theater with a looming sense of anxiety.
Well, when you go into a world, and have an experience … [pause] It’s the ideas. If they’re thrilling to me, I have that hope they’ll be thrilling to others. But because everybody’s different on the surface, you get people who don’t like an abstract experience. They like a concrete experience. But I like films that make me dream, and I like going into worlds that conjure things. The power of cinema is to conjure things that can’t be said so easily in words. It’s the language of cinema and it’s magic. So yeah, you hope people have an experience that’s deep and somewhat lasting.
What are you working on next, film-wise?
I’m working on a documentary of a tour that I took part in last fall. I went to Israel and 14 European countries talking about [Transcendental] Meditation and peace. It’s kind of like Catching the Big Fish, but in film. I would like to get it finished by the fall.
So there’s a larger goal in mind?
Yes, to establish these universities of peace in every country – 192 countries, and each country would have one university, a university of peace. A university that literally and truly creates peace. Not just talks about it or sings about it, but creates it. That’s what I would like to see happen.
Sounds good. Anything else to add?
Just tell people to get rid of the stress, and do their thing, and boogie!