David Lynch receives Cologne's Film Prize

Director honored Fri. at German conference for his life's work

COLOGNE, Germany -- David Lynch hasn't turned his back on Hollywood entirely, but the four-time Oscar nominee is focusing more on the art of painting and photography than film as his non-cinematic work begins to receive worldwide attention.

"I'm trying to catch ideas for a film but I don't have the ideas yet," the director of "Blue Velvet" and "Mulholland Dr." told an audience in Cologne Friday, where he received the city's Film Prize for his life's work.

The award ceremony was the climax of the 20th media festival and confab the Cologne Conference.

While the idiosyncratic director has been linked to a CGI project called "Snootworld," Lynch said the only film he is working on at the moment is his documentary on the Maharishi Mahesh Yogi, founder of Transcendental Meditation. Lynch has been a practitioner and proselytizer of TM for decades. The director was recently in India shooting interviews for the project.

"I'm not a documentary film maker, but I'll give it a try," Lynch said.

Lynch's last feature, "Inland Empire" (2006) received mixed reviews and grossed just $4 million worldwide.

But his painting, photography and sculpture, work he has continued to produce between film projects, is reaching an ever-larger audience. Since a major exhibit of his paintings and photography in Paris three years ago, Lynch has held exhibitions around the world. He recently held a joint exhibit together with shock-rocker Marilyn Manson at the Vienna Kunsthalle this summer. A new exhibit of his work opens this month in Osaka, Japan.

On October 9, Lynch will receive the Goslar Kaiserring, one of Germany's highest artistic honors. Previous winners include painter Willem de Kooning, "wrap artist" Christo and sculptor and art film director Matthew Barney.
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