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    The Present – Thomas Campbell's New Surf Film – Premieres this Weekend

    Devon Howard has been busy getting ready for the world premiere of The Present, one of the films we featured in the new Tin Shed:

    Hey Everyone. Thomas Campbell's new surf film is coming to town this weekend. Please forward this to anyone in SD and Orange County you think might enjoy a nice evening with a little live music by Mattson Two and some great surfing on La Paloma's big screen. Best, Devon

    *World Premiere*
    The Present – A Surfing Film by Thomas Campbell
    March 6 & 7, 2009
    Two shows each night: 7 and 9 pm

    La Paloma Theatre
    471 S Coast Highway 101, Encinitas, CA
    Musical guests: Mattson Two & Ray Barbee
    Presale tickets available at Patagonia Cardiff

    After the premiere, Thomas Campbell and the Mattson Two will hit the road for a 30-city film tour. Campbell hopes to help keep alive the dying tradition of surfers gathering at a local theater to view a new independent surf film. Tour dates and online ticket sales at trimyourlifeaway.com.

    Hit the jump for a taste of jazz from the Mattson Two and a few more nuggets.

    [Video by local slider and photographer Kyle Lightner, who keeps a fantastic blog himself. Tangent: If anyone else out there shares a love for displacement hulls and the Grateful Dead, this post is for you.]

    Professional skateboarder and guitar maestro Ray Barbee will be joining the Mattson Two for a live performance at the premiere of The Present, as well as a number of the other dates on the tour. Albums from both artists can be found on Galaxia Recordings but you'll want to keep an eye out for Ray Barbee Meets the Mattson 2 (available stateside in May).

    Finally, photographer Ryan Tatar, on his extra fine surf blog Shakas and Singlefins, is featuring a few of the unique logos/handbills Thomas Campbell's friends are creating in celebration of the movie:

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    Art by Evan Hecox

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    Art by Andy Davis

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    Update: Here's another beauty by Nat Russell

    Have to say, I'm really excited to see The Present as Sprout is one of my favorite modern-day surf films. Hope to see some of you at the Ventura and Santa Barbara screenings.

    [With thanks to Devon, Kyle and Ryan for the goods.]

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