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Announcing the new David Lynch MA in Film at Maharishi University of Management - starting August 16

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3 August 2013

For the first time ever, David Lynch is giving his name to a master's degree in film. The David Lynch MA in Film will be offered at Maharishi University of Management—a university that promotes the Transcendental Meditation® technique to foster a student's creativity and originality. The degree program is slated to start this August, according to Stuart Tanner, Assistant Professor of Media and Communications and co-chair of the program.

Competitive full scholarship: Application deadline 10 August
The university is also offering a full, one-year scholarship to aspiring filmmakers. To qualify for the full scholarship, prospective MA students are invited to submit an original film, three to five minutes in length. David Lynch will personally view the three top submissions and select the winner.

''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. This will give all those in the program the ability to dive within, to transcend and experience that unbounded ocean of pure consciousness, which is unbounded intelligence, creativity, happiness, love, energy, power and peace. The students in this program will grow in these all-positive qualities and it will serve the work in glorious ways. The big secret to great filmmaking, I believe, lies within in the big treasury within us all. This will be a great program and you'll never be sorry you took part.'' —David Lynch

Other leaders in the field of film and the creative industries will join Lynch as visiting faculty during the new MA.

''David Lynch is one of the most original and visionary film directors of our time,'' Tanner said. ''Students enrolled in the David Lynch MA will have the opportunity to meet and discuss film and creativity with Lynch, and to be mentored by him during the program.''

Tanner said the goal of the David Lynch MA is to give aspiring filmmakers the time, equipment, and the guidance to follow their own vision and create films that have an impact and transform the world. ''We believe in the power of everyone's creative vision and the importance of their creative voice. Here is the chance to explore your own,'' Tanner said.

Maharishi University of Management is the home of Consciousness-BasedSM Education. All students and faculty learn and practice the Transcendental Meditation technique, which, research shows, enhances creativity by promoting clarity of mind and freedom from stress.

''The Lynch MA invites participants to create feature-length films or documentaries, Web series, music, and 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,'' Tanner said.

''This is the first year of the David Lynch MA in Film. If you've got something inside you that's crying out to be created, here is a chance to bring it into the light,'' said Gurdy Leete, co-chair.

For more information about the David Lynch MA in Film at Maharishi University of Management:

On the MUM website:
Phone: +1 641 472 7000 – Sasha Parmasad, ext. 3318
Mailing address:
David Lynch MA in Film
Maharishi University of Management

Media and Communications Department

1000 North 4th Street, MR733

Fairfield, IA 52557 USA

Copyright © 2013 Maharishi University of Management

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