The Artists

A list of the featured artists in MANA The Film.

  • ChePilago-studio

    Che Pilago

    Tattooist, Artist, and Designer… owner of Ka’eo Hawaii...
  • AlexWeinstein-studio

    Alex Weinstein

    Alex Weinstein’s work has been exhibited throughout California as well as New York, France, England, Australia, Japan and Brazil. His work has...
  • KenPagliaro-studio

    Ken Pagliaro

    Ken Pagliaro is an artist, photographer, waterman, adventure seeker and all around lover of nature. He has surfed around the world, explored glaciers...
  • DavidLloyd-studio

    David Lloyd

    Born 1955, Los Angeles, CA Lives and works in Los Angeles, CA   Education 1985                B.F.A., California Institute of the...
  • EricJohnson-studio

    Eric Johnson

    Selected Solo Exhibitions 2012 Solo Exhibition, William Turner Gallery, Santa Monica, CA 2009 Solo Exhibition, William Turner Gallery, Santa Monica,...
  • SteveFuchs-studio

    Steve Fuchs

    Steve Fuchs is a southern California multi-disciplinary designer, educator, artist, surfer, and “family man.” His depth of knowledge...
  • NedEvans-studio

    Ned Evans

    Born in Burbank, California in 1950, with an MFA from UC Irvine in 1973, Ned Evans has lived in Venice, California since the early 1970s. Working...
  • AlexCouwenberg-studio

    Alex Couwenberg

    Born and raised in Southern California, painter Alex Couwenberg creates images that are inspired by the elements indigenous to his surroundings. ...
  • BenBrough-studio

    Ben Brough

    Ben Brough is a self-taught American artist working in painting, illustration and collage. From the Big Island’s Kona coast now living in Costa...
  • CasperBrindle-studio

    Casper Brindle

    Casper Brindle makes tableau artwork: an amalgam of photography, poetry, painting, and electricity. Most paintings are built of numerous canvases,...
  • CraigSkibsBarker-studio

    Craig “Skibs” Barker

    Craig “Skibs” Barker likes legs. This Southern Californian artist grew up during the early ’80s in the midst of both the punk rock...
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…come see MANA The Film!

  • Laguna Art Museum

    November 8 (morning)
    MANA Film Screening
    Laguna Art Museum
    Laguna, CA

  • BLVD Cinemas Screening

    August 31 (11, 1:30, 4, 6 & 8pm)
    MANA Film Screening
    BLVD Cinemas ($8)
    Lancaster, CA

  • Glass House Screening

    August 10, 2014 (6pm) 21 & Over
    MANA Film Screening
    Acerogami (Glass House’s Bar)
    Pomona, CA

  • Honolulu Surf Film Fest

    July 13 (4pm) & July 22 (1pm)
    MANA Film + Panel Discussion
    Honolulu Museum of Art
    Honolulu, HI

  • Endless Summer Exhibition

    June 21–August 31st
    MANA Film + Artist Exhibition
    Museum of Art & History
    Lancaster, CA

  • Kona Surf Film Festival

    January 31–Feb 1, 2014 | Varies
    MANA Premiere (Feb 1 @ 2:30)
    Kamehameha’s Kona Beach Hotel
    Kona, Big Island,

  • MANA Artists Screening

    January 4, 2014 | 1 pm
    MANA Rough Cut (Private)
    Hidden Hills, CA
    *Artists & Partners Only*

  • Family Beach Day

    December 8, 2013 | 10 am
    El Porto Beach
    Manhattan Beach, CA
    *Families Invited*

  • MANA Artists Roundtable

    August 31, 2013 | 11 am
    Manhattan Beach, CA
    *Artists & Partners Only*

  • MANA Studio Visits

    July & August 2013 | Varies
    Southern California
    *Artists Only*

  • MANA Panel Discussion

    July 11, 2013 | 6–9 pm
    Donkey Mill Art Center
    Holualoa, Big Island, HI
    *Potluck + Families Invited*

  • MANA Artists Exhibition

    July 10, 2013 | 6 pm
    Gallery Meld
    Kona, Big Island, HI
    *Families Invited*

  • Hawaii Filming Week

    July 7–13, 2013 | Times Vary
    Kona, Big Island, HI
    *Locations vary per day*

  • MANA Fundraiser

    June 13, 2013 | 6:00 pm
    Garboushian Gallery
    Beverley Hills, CA
    *Families Invited*

  • Family Beach Day

    May 19, 2013 | 12:00 Noon
    Huntington Beach State Beach
    South Lot @ River Jetties
    *Families Invited*

  • MANA Artist Hang

    May 4, 2013 | 4:00 pm
    Gallery Klowden Mann
    Santa Monica, CA
    David Lloyd’s Opening

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About Us

MANA — the substance of which souls are made

Andi Campognone, Director of AC Projects and Eric Minh Swenson, Founder of EMS Productions announce the making of a documentary film on southern California artists who share the skill and affinity of surfing and how their love of, and interactions with the dynamics of the ocean inform their artwork. Each artist approaches their work differently in their process, mediums and styles, yet they all share a reverence for the power, beauty and complexity of the ocean. They are additionally unified by their strong community and family connections, each with a commitment to younger generations through art and surfing.

The artists will be interviewed in their Los Angeles studios as well as while working, surfing and living on location in Kailua-Kona, Hawaii. Several of the artists were born and/or raised in Hawaii and have family histories there. The film will feature private studio sessions, interviews, and events and ceremonies around the Big Island during the month of July, 2013. While on location in Kailua-Kona, the artists will feature their work at Donkey Mill Art Center with an opening reception on July 11, 2013.

The documentary will be shaped by the directorial vision of Los Angeles-based filmmaker Eric Minh Swenson, who has produced over 120 films featuring major LA artists, curators and collectors. Celebrated cinematographers Marcel Morin and Sarah Mueller of Vitae Sessions and renowned curator and art champion Andi Campognone will compliment Swenson’s aesthetic oeuvre. Mr. Swenson’s team will craft a feature length film focusing on the brotherhood of a group of artists selected for their contributions as modern day pioneers of the southern California art world, each working on their own terms within the light and space, finish fetish, design and assemblage movements that have come to shape and define the Los Angeles art scene. As divergent as each artist’s work is in comparison, they all share a common thread in their process and vision and are constantly driven by the influences and forces of family, friendships, stoke, aloha and the common bond of the unseen mana (power) of the land and sea.

Their interaction and conversation with each other and the environment will be the focus of Swenson’s, Morin/Mueller’s and Campognone’s visual narrative. Filming will take place within the first two weeks of July 2013 and center around the Kailua-Kona side of the Big Island with excursions to significant ceremonial and surf sites around the island. Shooting in the spirit of Terrance Malick and Werner Herzog, the film will convey a serene, meditative mood where Zen philosophy, art principles, bravery and humility form a cohesive narrative of what will undoubtedly become one of the most ambitious and celebrated films created on Southern California art, surf culture and history. The film will also be débuted and screened in coordination with a major Los Angeles museum exhibition featuring the art of these eleven influential artists.


Craig Skibs Barker
Casper Brindle
Ben Brough
Alex Couwenberg
Ned Evans
Steve Fuchs
Eric Johnson
David Lloyd
Ken Pagliaro
Alex Weinstein


Director: Eric Minh Swenson |
Executive Producer: Andi Campognone |
Water footage: Ken Pagliaro |
Collaborative footage: Marcel Morin and Sarah Mueller |

Press Contact:

Andi Campognone, Director AC Projects, Pomona, CA. 909.215.3161
Senior Curator, Museum of Art + History, Lancaster, CA. 661.723.5972