“Sickness, corruption, fear in the air. It was so good for me.”

The enigmatic director behind such films as Eraserhead, Eraserhead, Mulholland Drive and Twin Peaks, has turned the camera on himself for his new biopic David Lynch: The Art Life. The film is directed by Jon Nguyen will be debuting this Sunday at the Venice Film Festival this Sunday. The film seeks to give insight into Lynch’s childhood growing up in small town America and his creative process.

The film looks at his formative years when his father was constantly being relocated due to his job as a researcher, David’s time at art school, and then his early adulthood living in a crime infested section of Philadelphia with his wife and new born. Some might surmise that it was this time spent in an impoverished area of Philadelphia being surrounded by crime and poverty that influenced his later works. It was in Philadelphia, where Lynch began to make his first short films, and about that time he said, “We lived cheap, but the city was full of fear. A kid was shot to death down the street… We were robbed twice, had windows shot out and a car stolen. The house was first broken into only three days after we moved in… The feeling was so close to extreme danger, and the fear was so intense. There was violence and hate and filth. But the biggest influence in my whole life was that city.”