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MOAH and The BLVD Cinemas Screen the California Premier of MANA: A Film Produced by MOAH Curator Andi Campognone

Free Showings Presented during Saturday’s MOAH Summer Solstice Event

Post Date:06/19/2014

This Saturday, the Lancaster Museum of Art and History (MOAH) and the BLVD Cinemas will team up to screen the California premier of MANA, a film showcasing 10 southern California artists who share the skill and affinity of surfing, and how their interactions with the dynamics of the ocean influence their artwork. Filmed in Kona, Hawaii and southern California, MANA takes movie goers on a ride through 10 different artists’ styles, studios and processes, united in vision and driven by family, friendship, stoke, aloha and MANA: the universal power of the land and sea.

Produced by MOAH’s curator Andi Campognone, together with artist Alex Couwenberg and celebrated cinematographers Marcel Morin and Sarah Mueller, this documentary film was created by Los Angeles-based photographer and film maker Eric Minh Swenson. Eric Minh Swenson is known for documenting the art and culture of southern California.  He has produced over four hundred documentaries on artists and exhibits, focusing on the artist’s process, concept and craft while finding the humor and essence of his subjects. MANA, Swenson’s first feature length film, debuted at the Kona Film Festival. After its California premier at the BLVD Cinemas in Lancaster, it will be featured at the Honolulu Museum of Art Summer Film Festival.

“Each artist approaches their work differently in their own process, mediums and styles, yet they all embrace a reverence for the power, beauty and complexity of the ocean,” said Campognone. They are additionally unified by their strong community and family connections, each with a commitment to younger generations through art and surfing.

The BLVD Cinemas will host free screenings of MANA on Saturday June 21 at 11 am, 1 pm, 3 pm and 5 pm (run time is 1 hour 26 minutes) during MOAH’s Summer Solstice Event.  

Held this Saturday, June 21 from 11 am - 6 pm on The BLVD in downtown Lancaster, the free Summer Solstice event is a day of festivities celebrating the spirit of summer. The event couples the screening of MANA with the grand opening of MOAH’s new summer art exhibits—which feature 50 years of art-making by pioneers in the art of surfing, pop-graphics, hot rods, pinball machines and summer fun. Summer Solstice also features a full day of entertainment including three live bands, a car show, face painter and balloon twist artists among other family friendly activities. 

The 10 MANA artists will be presented in MOAH’s South Gallery while selections from the Herbie and Dibi Fletcher Collection will be highlighted in the Main Gallery. Along with his collection, Mr. Fletcher—legendary surfer globally renowned for his innovations in surfboard design that helped change the way surfing is practiced today—will showcase his art made from surfboards and various materials from the surfing industry. The art of COOP, Allison Renshaw, Douglas McCulloh and Jacques Garnier together with vintage pinball machines from the Thumperdome Collection will round out the shows.

With free screenings of MANA at the BLVD Cinemas, the artwork of the MANA artists featured in this exhibit and a day of free concerts and fun at MOAH, Summer Solstice on The BLVD is not to be missed.

The BLVD Cinemas are located at 742 W. Lancaster BLVD. MOAH is located at 665 W. Lancaster BLVD. For more information about MOAH, visit the website,

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