Lost in the Movies: THE ARCHIVE Chapter 21: Journeying into Twin Peaks (July 2014 - February 2015)

THE ARCHIVE Chapter 21: Journeying into Twin Peaks (July 2014 - February 2015)

I spent the summer of 2014 oscillating between half-hearted attempts to move on from my Twin Peaks obsession and ever-deeper plunges into that world, encouraged by my own interviews with Peaks scholars and first visit to a Peaks podcast, the release of deleted scenes from Fire Walk With Me, and eventually the shocking announcement of a third season. During "Twelve Weeks of Twin Peaks," I released new Journey videos, published my earlier interviews, and gathered Usenet comments from the early nineties. Even many of my non-Peaks pieces from this period echo themes of psychological struggle and spiritual quest, and all seem to point forward to Journey Through Twin Peaks...

Subjects include my video presentation of Lady and the Tramp's multiple genres through playful manipulation (a joy to create), an organized voyage through literary psychodrama, fairy tale, and religion, my experimental film expressing an inner and outer autobiographical journey through a mash-up of forms, a visual tribute to Neon Genesis Evangelion's flashback-laced interplay of trauma and mythology, and a sprawling piece on The Giver, Boyhood, and "the death of adulthood" addressing my fascination with transformation and the power of the fantastical to convey themes of personal growth. See what I mean?

Since the obvious highlight of this period is already my most popular work, I'll nudge readers in another direction instead and recommend Opening the Door: a conversation with Martha Nochimson, author of The Passion of David Lynch and David Lynch Swerves, a great discussion with someone who had a very strong influence on Journey Through Twin Peaks.


Talking Twin Peaks on "Obnoxious and Anonymous" podcast (+ July status update & more)
My first appearance on Cameron Cloutier's YouTube channel to discuss Twin Peaks and my plans for the summer/fall (which did, of course, change)

Catching up with Disney's biggest phenomenon in years

Lady in Movieland: Lady and the Tramp's Journey Through Promiscuous Genres (a video essay for the Romance Countdown)
Lady and the Tramp presented as a silent comedy, TV sitcom, horror film, prison movie, musical, melodrama, and romance

A Tale of Two Martys: an essay for the romance countdown
Two versions of the same simple story - how do they differ?


Twin Peaks: The Missing Pieces
Reviewing the first new piece of Twin Peaks media in two decades, a fully restored, deftly edited collection of deleted scenes from Fire Walk With Me

A Story Both Wonderful and Strange: my conversation with Brad Dukes, author of Reflections: An Oral History of Twin Peaks
The first of many Twin Peaks interviews to be published on my site, as a brand new book covers the history of the show

The Power of Myth: the last 20 books I read, January - July 2014
A final survey of books, including the one that got me back into Twin Peaks - the last fourteen are linked by a daisy chain of subjects, the alternation of fiction and nonfiction, and an overarching mythological theme

What a Long Strange Trip It's Been
My experimental film from a previous decade, incorporating many different types of footage for a meditation on going away and coming back


The Darkness of Future Past: visual tribute to an episode of Neon Genesis Evangelion
The theme of looking back and losing one's mooring continues with pictures of Evangelion's flashback episode

Cooper and Laura: a visual tribute to the stars of Twin Peaks
Long before the end of The Return, I gathered pictures and dialogue from previous encounters between the two most important characters in Twin Peaks, separated by time and space

Fragments of Cinephilia, Pt. IV
Earlier comments (from IMDb days) on a variety of films, including my first viewing of Out 1 in 2007

Growing Up is Hard to Do: Boyhood, The Giver, fragments of memory, and notes on the "death of adulthood"
My last non-Twin Peaks essay for six months linked two reviews of current releases, a collection of images with brief descriptions, and responses to a couple cultural thinkpieces under the larger topics of maturity, the passage of time, and the need for grand narratives

Twelve Weeks of Twin Peaks
Coincidentally, I shifted my exclusive focus to Twin Peaks just a few days before the public announcement that the show would return


Journey Through Twin Peak: Part 1 - Harmony of the Dark Woods
Six years and eight hundred twenty posts into my site, Journey Through Twin Peaks begins: a fusion of my interest in video essays and my interest in Twin Peaks, this became my most popular work

Unwrapping Twin Peaks: a conversation with John Thorne, editor of Wrapped in Plastic
Interviewing the creator of the legendary magazine that kept Twin Peaks' flame alive for a dozen years

Hidden Corners of Twin Peaks: a conversation with John Thorne, editor of Wrapped in Plastic, pt. 2 (The Missing Pieces & more)
We returned for a second interview after digesting the much-hyped/anticipated deleted scenes from Fire Walk With Me

Twin Peaks is Back! (a conversation with John Thorne, editor of Wrapped in Plastic, pt. 3)
A third and final interview was scheduled last-minute to take in the recent news about a third season on Showtime

Twin Peaks: "The Second Coming" (W.B. Yeats)
"Things fall apart/The center cannot hold/Mere anarchy is loosed upon the word/The blood-dimmed tide is loosed, and everywhere/The ceremony innocence is drowned..." (a video montage)

Journey Through Twin Peaks: Part 2 - The Center Cannot Hold
Continuing Journey Through Twin Peaks by honing in on the Laura mystery and covering the early part of season 2


Opening the Door: a conversation with Martha Nochimson, author of The Passion of David Lynch and David Lynch Swerves
Interviewing the brilliant author of several Lynch studies that incorporate feminism, Carl Jung, quantum physics, and Vedic traditions, but remain driven by the phenomenon of the work itself

Talking Twin Peaks again (on "Obnoxious and Anonymous")
With The Missing Pieces out and season 3 in the air, I join Obnoxious and Anonymous again for a follow-up discussion

Twin Peaks on the Internet...in 1990 (an alt.tv.twin-peaks archive)
What folks were saying about Twin Peaks on listservs/message boards as the show originally aired (some great posts in here - Barb Miller's particularly impacted me as I worked on my videos)

Coming up in Journey Through Twin Peaks...
Describing upcoming chapters of the video series


Twin Peaks status update: some things take a while...
A week later, I was still experiencing delays as I researched and prepared my Twin Peaks videos
Journey Through Twin Peaks: Beyond the Investigation (the ensemble)
After a long pause, I wanted to post individual chapters before waiting for Part 3 to be complete
New Chapters in Journey Through Twin Peaks: Cooper, the mid-season, and the spirit of Twin Peaks
Sharing chapters 13-15 as Twelve Weeks of Twin Peaks ends with the Journey videos still ongoing

Journey Through Twin Peaks: Part 3 - The Whole Damned Town
Finally, Journey Through Twin Peaks covers the rest of season 2 leading up to the hypnotic finish (plus a teaser of more to come)

7 Facts About Twin Peaks: Fire Walk With Me
My most popular single piece in the first decade of the site, advocating for a film that was underrated for too long


Journey Through Twin Peaks (Introducing Fire Walk With Me)
Stepping back to set up the first chapter of Part 4, establishing the film as our focus

Twin Peaks: Untangling Fire Walk With Me from the deleted scenes
A guide to separating the theatrical cut from The Missing Pieces (fanedits were confusing many first-time viewers)


Journey Through Twin Peaks: Part 4 - Laura is the One
Journey Through Twin Peaks concludes with the longest part yet, focused on Fire Walk With Me, the notorious feature film that ended the first Twin Peaks cycle

Images from a journey through Twin Peaks
All of the visual composites used in the last part of my Twin Peaks video series

Journey Through Twin Peaks
Collecting the completed (for now) Journey Through Twin Peaks in one place, with a trailer to promote it

(I covered this period on Episode 20 of my Patreon podcast)

Next: Genesis of a Video Detective (March - August 2015)
(in which I begin to establish a routine with TV viewing diaries and Fandor video essays)

Previous: Getting Lost in Lynchland (March - June 2014)

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