Nocturnes: The Paintings of Eric Merrell


Los Angeles artist Eric Merrell is best known for "Nocturnes", a series of abstract desert works that he has painted all over Southern California, each solely by the light of the moon. In our latest documentary short from director Alec Ernest, we take an overnight trip with the artist to Joshua Tree National Park, where night falls and the desert takes on a surreal and mysterious beauty, where edges blur and shapes transform, and solitude takes on a whole new meaning.

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Produced and Directed for the Los Angeles Review of Books by Alec Ernest (

Executive Producers - Jerry Gorin, Tom Lutz, Jonathan Hahn

Cinematographer - Ryan Carmody
Editor - Jack Price
Composer - Aaron Stein-Chester
Location Sound and Titles - Jesse Merrell
Colorist - Brandon Chavez
Post Sound - Steve Bucino

Cameras provided by Stray Angel Films (

See a Behind The Scenes video: