OCMA Screening tonight in Newport Beach!

Come join us tonight at the Orange County Museum of Art for our encore screening of “A Light in the Dark” co-hosted by the Newport Beach Film Festival!  The doors open at 7pm and the screening starts at 8pm followed by a Q&A and after party (to be announced).

This is intended to be an outdoor screening so please remember to bring a blanket or lawn chair.  However, if the weather is looking a little dreary, fear not, there is a 120 seat theater in the museum.

A special thanks goes out to Kelly Bishop and Leslie Feibleman for organizing and hosting this evening’s event in conjunction with Cinema Orange.  Also, thanks to Pete Schuller for providing the filmmakers with accomodations and friendship, Boris Odio de Granada and Chris Hooker (both brilliant fine artists) for recruiting Orange County attendees, as well as Alan Boinus and the Olsen twins;)  Thank you Ed Melliza (photographed above in center) for photographing tonights event and filming the Q&A!  Nice photo by the way, Jerry Zarnekee!  Finally, a very big thank you to Randy Higbee for providing us with table easels to display 3 original Frank Mason paintings in the OCMA Pavilion courtesy of Wendt Gallery.  See you all tonight!

Randy Higbee Gallery

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Film on Art Iconoclast Receives Encore Screening

The Laguna Beach Independent published a press release article for our encore screening at the Orange County Museum of Art, which is on Thursday night, June 16th at 8pm. Check out the article here;


Doors open at 7pm.  Come early to check out the museum and the current Alexander Calder exhibit.  Also, remember to bring a beach blanket or lawn chair.  The film will be screened outdoors in the museum’s Pavilion.  No worries if it rains, OCMA also has an indoor theater.

We are looking forward to seeing all our friends we made during the Newport Beach Film Festival in early May.  A special thanks goes out to NBFF and all the volunteers and people who hosted a fantastic film festival.  NBFF is co-sponsoring the Cinema Orange summer movie nights.

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Encore Screening at the Orange County Museum of Art

A Light in the Dark: The Art and Life of Frank Mason has been selected for an encore screening at the Orange County Museum of Art in collaboration with the Newport Beach Film Festival.

Reserve the evening for June 16th at 7pm! The screening starts at 8pm sharp but come early to check out the museum’s collection of art and to speak with us, the filmmakers.  There will even be a few select Frank Mason oil paintings on display in the pavilion courtesy of Wendt Gallery in Laguna Beach.  This is an outdoor screening in the courtyard so bring a beach blanket and dress accordingly.

We’ll be hosting a Q&A after the screening.  Their is no alcohol allowed at the event but beverages will be served.  Join us for the after party hosted at The Yardhouse in Fashion Island right across the street from the OCMA.

A very special thanks goes out to Leslie Feibleman and Kelly Bishop for organizing this event.


To the Museum:

From the 405 North, exit Jamboree Road and go West (towards the Ocean). Continue on Jamboree Road and turn left onto Santa Barbara Drive, then turn left on San Clemente Drive. Take an immediate left into the parking lot.

From the 405 South, connect to the 73 South and exit Jamboree Road. Turn right on Jamboree Road. Continue on Jamboree Road and turn left onto Santa Barbara Drive, then turn left on San Clemente Drive. Take an immediate left into the parking lot.

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Newington-Cropsey awards Tom Wolfe & Beauty!

Recently the Newington-Cropsey Foundation awarded Tom Wolfe their annual Award for Excellence in the Arts.  Frank Mason received this same award in 1999.  Our friend and talented sculptor, Sabin Howard, with his wife, Traci Slatton, attended this award ceremony.

Traci Slatton is a brilliant writer who has recently written a book “Immortal” that Twin Star Entertainment just optioned for a feature film!  Read her Blog about this special evening at the Newington-Cropsey Foundation and Tom Wolfe’s entertaining acceptance speach.  Some of the subjects that came up reminded me of Mr. Wolfe’s speach at Frank Mason’s 2009 memorial service.

But what really floored me in Traci’s blog was the final paragraph.  Busy organizing the events leading up to Frank’s memorial service, I must have  overlooked this New York Times article written by Denis Dutton;

“We ought, then, to stop kidding ourselves that painstakingly developed artistic technique is passé, a value left over from our grandparents’ culture. Evidence is all around us. Even when we have lost contact with the social or religious ideas behind the arts of bygone civilizations, we are still able, as with the great bronzes or temples of Greece or ancient China, to respond directly to craftsmanship. The direct response to skill is what makes it possible to find beauty in many tribal arts even though we often know nothing about the beliefs of the people who created them. There is no place on earth where superlative technique in music and dance is not regarded as beautiful….Future generations, no longer engaged by our art “concepts” and unable to divine any special skill or emotional expression in the work, may lose interest in it as a medium for financial speculation and relegate it to the realm of historical curiosity.”

Dutton, Denis. “Has Conceptual Art Jumped the Shark Tank.” The New York Times. Print. October 15, 2009.
And once I started to snoop around for other articles by Denis Dutton, who recently passed away, I came across his insightful speech on Beauty – filmed by the TED network and illustrated by animator Andrew Park.  You might ask what this has to do with Tom Wolfe and the Newington-Cropsey Foundation.  Jasper Cropsey was a Hudson River School painter and I believe he would have agree with Mr. Dutton’s opinions on beauty.  See for yourself.

TED collaborates with animator Andrew Park to illustrate Denis Dutton’s provocative theory on beauty — that art, music and other beautiful things, far from being simply “in the eye of the beholder,” are a core part of human nature with deep evolutionary origins.


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Film Fans at NBFF

Here’s a few reactions from some of the audience members after our screening

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Q&A with filmmakers at NBFF

Watch our Q&A after screening our film at the Newport Beach Film Festival!  We’ve been invited to an encore screening at the Orange County Museum of Art at 7pm on Thursday, June 16th.  We just bought our plane tickets and will be there for another Q&A after the OCMA outdoor screening.

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That’s a wrap! Thank you Newport Beach Film Festival!

Thank you Newport Beach Film Festival for your hospitality throughout the week and arranging such excellent weather!  Pictured to the left is Gregg Schwenk (Executive Director of NBFF) with filmmakers Sonny Quinn (right), Scott Mason and his sister, Lindsay (middle).

From the opening night Gala at Fashion Island (where this picture was taken by Ed Melliza) right through to the end, NBFF delivered on so many levels.  Our programmer and festival guide, Pete Schuller, was a champion of our film and has become our good friend.

A big thanks goes out to our publicist Amanda Curry (pictured to the right between Scott and Sonny), for giving us helpful advice throughout the festival while promoting our screening.  Ed Melliza and Jerry Zarnekee were also instrumental in getting us the right photo ops, camera interviews and introductions to industry reps.  Lindsay Mason’s organizational abilities and natural talents as a social conductor also created ample opportunities to reach out to industry folks and fellow filmmakers.  And, of coarse, a huge shout out goes to the volunteers of the NBFF!  Without their commitment there would be no festival.

Also, thank you Joseph and Serina Manqueros (pictured left) for hosting the Wendt Gallery art reception of Frank Mason’s oil paintings on Sunday, May 1st.  These beautiful landscapes will be up until June 30th at Wendt Gallery so if you are in the area make a trip down to Laguna Beach, check them out, and buy one before these prices sky rocket!  Wendt Gallery is located at 1550 South Coast Highway.  www.wendtgallery.com



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Film Screening Today & Wendt Gallery Wrap Up

Wendt video

Today A Light in the Dark will be screening at the Newport Beach Film Festival.  Please join us at 3pm at the Triangle Square 1 Theater in Cost Mesa (1870 Harbor Blvd.)  Click the link on the upper left to view our video promo concluding the Wendt Gallery exhibition on Sunday.

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A Light in the Dark at Newport Beach Film Festival: Tuesday, May 3rd, 3:00pm at Triangle Square Theater

Please join us for a screening of A Light in the Dark: The Art and Life of Frank Mason at Triangle Square Theater tomorrow, Tuesday May 3rd, at 3pm, as a part of the Newport Beach Film Festival. We look forward to seeing everyone there!

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Interview on KOCI Radio

Click on the link below to listen to our morning interview with Brian Helvey and Troy Davis.  When Quicktime screen comes up wait a few minutes for the file to download.

KOCI interview

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