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Screening & Talk: Secrets of the Sun with documentarian Michael Barnard

Beach=Culture at the Annenberg Community Beach House

Tuesday, March 4, 2014 from 6:30 PM to 8:00 PM (PST)

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Please plan to arrive by 6:15pm to retain your reservation. Late seating is not guaranteed. To adjust or cancel your reservation for this event, email beachhouse@smgov.net.
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Please note that Back on the Beach Cafe closes at 3pm in the winter, and despite what Eventbrite says, you do not need to print out your ticket, just mention your last name when checking in.

Special additional Beach=Culture event for March: Screening of Secrets of the Sun, a documentary about environmental artist Peter Erskine, with discussion featuring filmmaker Michael Barnard, Sound Artist Bruce Odland, Dr. Judith Orloff, James Sullivan, and art critic/writer Peter Clothier.

American artist Peter Erskine's Secrets of the Sun is an interactive solar environmental artwork for the twenty-first century. Invoking the Rainbow as a symbol of hope and a source of joy, Erskine uses natural sunlight and laser-cut flat prisms to spread huge splashes of natural rainbow color across interior spaces, allowing viewers to "walk inside a rainbow." Viewer/participants become living canvases as millions of changing colors flow across their bodies, mixing and creating colored shadows on the walls, floor and other viewers.

For this special evening, Michael Barnard screens Secrets of the Sun - Millennial Mediations, an-depth exploration of the genesis and creation of Erskine's unique work. Beginning in 1989, the film follows Erskine as he undergoes a personal crisis brought on by his awareness of the reality of climate change. The film follows Erskine to Rome where he stages the successful inaugural exhibition of his unique, transformational, consciousness-raising artwork at Trajan's Market in the Roman Forum in 1992. It then revisits Erskine and his art in 2012-13, revealing a surprising and inspirational new dimension of Secrets of the Sun. The film is produced, directed and photographed by Michael W. Barnard, with music by Bruce Odland, featuring Peter Clothier, Dr. Thomas Lovejoy, Judith Orloff, MD, Alison Mayer-Sachs, MSW and Dr. Jonas Salk. 59 min, video. More info at boltpix.com and secretsofthesunmovie.com.

Post screening, the filmmaker and guests will discuss the role of art in society, art as a tool for personal transformation as well as raising awareness of social and environmental issues, and action items for climate change. All are welcome to join the discussion.

Founded by artist/filmmaker Michael W, Barnard in 1979, LightningBolt PIX has produced and edited commercials, features, documentaries, music videos, image films and Visual FX sequences all over the world. boltpix.com.

Michael Barnard has worked extensively as a Producer, Director, Director of Photography, Editor and Designer of motion pictures. He is able to cross-reference an extensive technical knowledge with a highly developed artistic vision and vocabulary. His film works have included a series of early experimental “FieldFilms” in the 1960/70′s, (shown at Millennium in New York and many other venues around the U.S.), directing the filmmaking department for an international non-profit organization during the 70′s. This included the design, installation and operation of a complete color and B&W film laboratory. Since coming to Los Angeles in 1978, Barnard has worked on a wide variety of films ranging from the Greenpeace film “Voyage of the Peacock”, to the features “Nights In White Satin” (Director), “Against The Wind” (Writer), “The Invisible Kid” (Director of Photography), “Cries of Silence” (Co-Producer/Director of Photography), “90404 Changing” (Producer/Director/DP), “Lock & Roll Forever” (Editor,VisualFX creation), “The Outermost Place” (Writer), “The Transfiguration of Fast Eddie Rose” (Writer), as well as numerous music videos, commercials and documentaries. He has also, in the past decade, created a series of photographic montage artworks called Photofields. These works have been assembled from Barnard’s personal archive of images that has been collected over the past thirty years from around the world. Michael’s Photofields have been exhibited extensively over the last few years and can be currently found online at www.photofields.com.

Stop by early to save your seat!

Tickets are free but space is limited and reservations are required. If you would like to attend, please reserve online. Please plan to arrive by 6:15pm to retain your reservation. Late seating, even for reservation-holders, is not guaranteed. To adjust or cancel your reservation for this event, email beachhouse@smgov.net. We appreciate your keeping in touch! 

Getting Here: The Beach House is located at 415 Pacific Coast Highway, Santa Monica, CA 90402 on the west side of Pacific Coast Highway. Enter off PCH at the Beach House Way traffic light. 

Parking: October - April the parking rate is $5 after 5pm for Beach=Culture attendees at the park and pay machines available in three areas of the ACBH parking lot. Machines take cards and cash. Handicapped placards and Senior Beach Permits are accepted. Display your receipt on your dash. For updated parking info and lot hours, please check the website for details.

Other events: To view & make reservations for future free Beach=Culture events, check http://annenbergbeachhouse.com/beachculture.

General Info: For hours, events and more, visit http://www.annenbergbeachhouse.com, or call (310) 458-4904. Back on the Beach Café hours are subject to change but are generally through 3pm in the winter, call (310) 393-8282 to confirm.

Have questions about Screening & Talk: Secrets of the Sun with documentarian Michael Barnard? Contact Beach=Culture at the Annenberg Community Beach House

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Annenberg Community Beach House
415 Pacific Coast Hwy at Beach Coast Way
Santa Monica

Tuesday, March 4, 2014 from 6:30 PM to 8:00 PM (PST)

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Beach=Culture at the Annenberg Community Beach House

Welcome to Beach=Culture, a year-round series of free arts and culture events at the Annenberg Community Beach House. The Beach House is a City of Santa Monica facility and is open to all - no membership required. For more information, please visit annenbergbeachhouse.comClick to join the Beach House email lists or the Cultural Affairs Division lists for info on other arts programming, including artist opportunities, annual festivals, and arts events around town.

The Beach House is made possible by a generous gift from the Annenberg Foundation, at the recommendation of Wallis Annenberg, and in partnership with the City of Santa Monica and California State Parks. Additional funding was provided by the US Department of Housing & Urban Development and the federal Preserve America program. The Annenberg Community Beach House is wheelchair accessible and ADA compliant. For disability related accommodations, please call Guest Services at 310-458-4904.


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