Are you looking to kickstart your career in filmmaking? Are you a fan of David Lynch and his surreal films? Do you have the desire to move to Iowa and live in the middle of nowhere? If you answered yes to these questions, then the David Lynch M.A. in Film at the Maharishi University of Management program is for you.
"This master’s degree in film will for sure teach all the aspects of filmmaking, but with the profound addition of the Transcendental Meditation® technique, taught by Maharishi Mahesh Yogi," Lynch writes on the school's website. You'll know Lynch is talking about TM when he says things like "dive deep" and "unbounded ocean of pure consciousness." It's the meditation technique he's been talking and writing about for years, as in the case of his book Catching the Big Fish. Yes, I too purchased that book and still have no idea what the hell what TM really is or how it's different than other meditation techniques. It seems to be a closely guarded secret, but if you want to make films and don't mind living in the sticks, this could be your way in. Students who don't already know TM will be taught the techniques during their first class.
If you're not really a filmmaker, no worries: "Students may create feature-length films, Web video series, TV pilots, documentaries, and music or multidisciplinary projects that contain a strong film element. Candidates lacking extensive filmmaking experience, but skilled in other artistic mediums, will also be able to integrate film with their dominant art form." The courses include: Advanced Narrative and Screenwriting, Acting for Film, the Media Market, and more. Faculty consists of three gentlemen, with no mention if Lynch himself will be popping up to wish the students well. We're guessing he might.
Check out one of the Maharishi student movies below if you're curious. Would you pay money to attend David Lynch's film school, or is the TM requirement a little too Jim Jones-ish for your liking?