Wednesday, April 15, 2015

Sneak Peak: Enough to Live On: The Arts of the WPA

Our new film "Enough the Live On: The Arts of the WPA" includes a section about the Harlem Renaissance and the groundbreaking work of the great muralist Aaron Douglas.

This clip from the film is introduced with the poetry of Langston Hughes and features a composition by African American composer William Grant Still and an appearance by the remarkable blues singer Juanita Hall.

Come see the film at the world premiere on May 14 at the New Britain Museum of American Art.

Follow this link for our most up to date screening schedule.  New screening dates are being added frequently.

Tuesday, April 14, 2015

Annie Finch's Poetry Read by Michael Maglaras

Annie Finch and Michael Maglaras at the Maine Festival
of the Book in May of 2008.
We love the poetry of Annie Finch and we think you will too.

Follow this link to listen to poet Annie Finch and recording artist Michael Maglaras read some of her works.

We share a strong appreciation of Henry Wadsworth Longfellow and, in 2008, we presented a contemporary / classic poetry reading together in Portland, Maine at the Maine Festival of the Book -- featuring Annie's award-winning poetry interspersed with selections by Longfellow.
 

Sunday, April 12, 2015

World Premiere -- Enough to Live On: The Arts of the WPA

Detail: Life of Action, Carl W. Peters, 1937. Mural. 
Photography: Fotowerks/St. Clair Photo Imaging, Rochester, NY
On May 6, 1935…the arts in America started to lift us out of the Great Depression.

On May 14, 2015…at the New Britain Museum of American Art, we celebrate the arts that helped us rebuild our society.

Filmmakers Michael Maglaras and Terri Templeton return to the New Britain Museum of American Art with a celebration of the 80th anniversary of the Works Progress Administration…the WPA…the federal initiative that, using art, theater, writing, and music, reignited the soul of America caught in the grip of the Great Depression. Enough to Live On: The Arts of the WPA features more than 70 works of art, including notable works by Rockwell Kent, Dorothea Lange, Stuart Davis, and Reginald Marsh.

WORLD PREMIERE
A Special Red Carpet Event…

Thursday, May 14, 2015

New Britain Museum of American Art
56 Lexington Street, New Britain, CT
5:30 Champagne Reception |  6:00 Screening

Tickets:  $20 members  |   $25 non-members

Reservations are required.  Seating is limited.
Black tie or festive attire is suggested.

Contact:  Heather Whitehouse

860-229-0257 ext. 203  |  whitehouseh@nbmaa.org

Cleophas And His Own Featured at Emerge Film Festival

Filmmakers Terri Templeton and Michael Maglaras.
Last week, we brought "Cleophas and His Own" back to Marsden Hartley's hometown of Lewiston, Maine as part of the Emerge Film Festival.

“Cleophas and His Own” is a poignant feature-length film based on the epic poem of the same name by painter and poet Marsden Hartley.  

In its opening scene, it is 1943 and Hartley is pictured – tired, ill, and near death – sitting in a chair in his makeshift studio in Corea, Maine, where he proceeds to reveal to an unseen visitor a secret story that unfolded in Nova Scotia seven years before. 

Director Michael Maglaras, who also plays Hartley, recounts the magnificent saga of  “Cleophas and His Own” using Hartley’s text in its entirety. Twenty-four paintings and drawings by Hartley, as well as flashbacks to his Nova Scotia experience, illuminate the days leading up to and following the great Atlantic hurricane of September 19, 1936, when Hartley lost the young man who had become the great love of his life.  

The film can be purchased on DVD at this link.  

We are now in the final stages of completing our sixth film in ten years.  Enough to Live On: The Arts of the WPA” will make its world premiere at the New Britain Museum of American Art on May 14.