Filmmaker and artist David Lynch is offering up a screenwriter’s dream. The creator of Blue Velvet (1986) and the Twin Peaks television series will read your screenplay and then review it with you in a private 45-minute meeting. For a price. At the moment, it’s hovering at $8,000 on CharityBuzz—a site that auctions off various items and experiences for good causes. Among the other lots: “an Exciting Day with President William J. Clinton in NYC” (currently at $21,000), a day on the road with Lady Gaga (currently at $18,500) or dinner for six with Sarah Jessica Parker (currently at $30,000). Maybe the price for the Lynch opportunity isn’t so bad. The money goes to the David Lynch Foundation.
Since Mr. Lynch recently had an exhibition at Tilton Gallery and trained as an artist before going into film, this meet-and-greet may be valuable for creators of video and film art as well.
The goal of the Lynch Foundation, according to its website, is “to fund the implementation of scientifically proven stress-reducing modalities including Transcendental Meditation, for at-risk populations such as underserved inner-city students; veterans with PTSD and their families; American Indians suffering from diabetes, cardiovascular disease, and high suicide rates.”
While he likes to come to New York “for short times,” if you’re in New York and can’t make it to Los Angeles to meet with Mr. Lynch in person, he’ll meet with you via Skype.
Thanks to Bullett for bringing this to our attention.
Update, Monday, July 16, 5:10 p.m.:
After a bidding war erupted between two avid bidders, on Thursday, July 12—the final day of the auction for the private screenplay consultation with David Lynch (which had an estimated value of $10,000)—it sold for $19,000 (up from its position that morning of $11,000) at 3:02 p.m. There were a total of nine bidders on the lot, and 32 bids, though only two people stuck it out for the final round, with the lot going to a male bidder.
The odd close time for the auction was a result of CharityBuzz’s “popcorn bidding,” which allows its bidders to keep the bidding open beyond the scheduled auction end-time, which, according to a rep at CharityBuzz, is a way for the online auction to function more like a live auction. Why stop the bidding when you’ve got so many Lynch fans chomping at the bit? The David Lynch Foundation, which auctioned off a number of other items—like a meet-and-greet with Ringo Starr, a Dirty Harry poster personalized by Clint Eastwood and yoga and dinner for two with Russell Simmons—raised a total of $150,000.