Wednesday, October 8, 2014

Peoria Riverfront Museum to Screen "The Great Confusion: The 1913 Armory Show"

217 Films just added a new screening date for "The Great Confusion:  The 1913 Armory Show." This film will screen on December 13 at 5:00pm at the Peoria Riverfront Museum in Peoria, Illinois.  Director Michael Maglaras will be in attendance to introduce the film.  

The next chance to see this film is October 26 in Falmouth, Virginia at Gari Melchers Home & Studio at Belmont.  Executive Producer Terri Templeton will introduce this screening.

For a full list of screening dates, times and locations, follow this link.  

This film has been showing to standing room only audiences since it premiered in September 2013.  A recent review in The Dartmouth said of “The Great Confusion” that “Michael Maglaras...brought the drama of the original show back to life.”

To purchase the DVD, follow this link.  

Wednesday, October 1, 2014

Modernism and the American Idiom: A Conversation with Film-maker, Michael Maglaras

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Modernism and the American Idiom: A Conversation with Film-maker, Michael Maglaras
September 29, 2014 

Seymour Fogel (1911 – 1984), The Wealth of the Nation, 1938. 
Mural. Social Security Building, Washington, DC (installed 1942).














...I sought out a conversation with Michael Maglaras, documentary film maker, who, along with his wife, Terri Templeton, have produced a number of “essays in film” under the banner, 217 Films. Maglaras and Templeton have taken an interest in these vital, yet tumultuous years of the early 20th century, with particular focus on American artists from the early modern period. He points out that, “Early American Modernism comes as an antithesis of what you’d expect. We were at the height of social, economic and imperialist growth. We were swaggering across the world stage at that time. Right in the middle of that expansionistic period in our history comes a group of artists engaged in what I would call a period of superb self-examination. Just as we were gaining an understanding of who we were as a nation, a handful of painters, musicians and writers ‘whack’ us with a new truth!”

Continue reading at this link.  

View 217 Films' library of work at this link.  

Monday, September 22, 2014

The Arts of the WPA

Shooting is nearly complete and rough editing has begun for our new film "Enough to Live On: The Arts of the WPA."  This photo is from our shoot this summer in Portland, Maine.  Read all about the remarkable man we interviewed at this link.

"Enough to Live On: The Arts of the WPA" will premiere in 2015 and dates are filling up fast for screenings.

We will show this film at the New Britain Museum of American Art on May 14, 2015 and at the Smithsonian American Art Museum on June 17, 2015.  Keep your eye on our screening schedule at this link.  New dates will be added frequently.  

Don't miss your chance to see our current film "The Great Confusion: The 1913 Armory Show" in Falmouth, Virginia next month.  Full details at this link.












For those who have been watching "The Roosevelts" on PBS, you'll particularly enjoy the cameo of Teddy Roosevelt in this film.  You can catch Teddy in this excerpt from "The Great Confusion" at this link.


A recent review in The Dartmouth said of “The Great Confusion” that “Michael Maglaras...brought the drama of the original show back to life.” Mike Holtzclaw said in the Daily Press, “For anyone who enjoys art, this is an eye opening film.”


Friday, September 19, 2014

Filmmaker Terri Templeton to Introduce Screening in Falmouth, Virginia

Executive Producer, Terri Templeton on location.
On March 4, 1913 Teddy Roosevelt labelled cubism "repellent."  On October 26 at Gari Melchers Home and Studio, a new film will help you decide for yourself.  

217 Films' new documentary "The Great Confusion: The 1913 Armory Show" has been screening to standing room only audiences since it premiered a year ago.  

Don't miss your chance to see this film for free in Falmouth, Virginia on Sunday, October 26 at 2:00pm.  

Filmmaker Terri Templeton will be in attendance to introduce the film and answer questions following the screening.

Visit www.GariMelchers.org for more information.

Thursday, September 4, 2014

Virginia Film Tour Continues: "The Great Confusion: The 1913 Armory Show"

"For anyone who enjoys art, this is an eye-opening film.
~ Mike Holtzclaw, Daily Press

Last night, "The Great Confusion: The 1913 Armory Show" screened to a full house at Naro Cinema in Norfolk, Virginia's historic downtown Ghent.

The next stop for this film is October 26 at Gari Melchers Home & Studio at Belmont in Falmouth, Virginia at the University of Mary Washington.  After that, this film travels to Des Moines.

New screening dates are being added frequently.  View the full screening schedule at this link.

The Naro Cinema is a true gem and plans are in the works to screen 217 Films' forthcoming documentary "Enough to Live On: The Arts of the WPA" there next summer.  Read more about that film at this link.

Filmgoers lining up to buy tickets at Naro Cinema.

Director Michael Maglaras and Executive Producer Terri Templeton.

Filmmaker Michael Maglaras introduces the film.

Monday, September 1, 2014

Film Looks at Modern Art That Caused a Stir in 1913


The Virginian-Pilot
© September 1, 2014
NORFOLK
IF YOU GO
What: Screening of documentary “The Great Confusion: The 1913 Armory Show”
Where: Naro Expanded Cinema, 1507 Colley Ave., Norfolk
When: 7:15 p.m. Wednesday
Cost: $9 adults, $7 seniors
More info: 757-625-6276, www.narocinema.com    
A vast art exhibition in downtown Manhattan just over a century ago launched modern art in the United States.
It went over like an exploding bottle rocket.
Neither the public nor the art critics were easily swayed to accept the new direction in painting and sculpture that had begun in Europe. President Theodore Roosevelt denounced the artwork as “repellent.”
The artists had shocking styles, but none more so than Marcel Duchamp. Of the thousands who attended that monthlong show in Manhattan, many expressed disgust regarding the French artist’s 1912 painting “Nude Descending a Staircase (No. 2).”
The story of this most pivotal of art exhibitions is the subject of a documentary to be screened at 7:15 p.m. Wednesday at the Naro Expanded Cinema. “The Great Confusion: The 1913 Armory Show” was created by Connecticut-based independent filmmakers Michael Maglaras and Terri Templeton, who will introduce the feature-length film at the Naro.

The film recently was shown at the Smithsonian American Art Museum and at the National Gallery of Art, both in Washington.
The film’s creators attempted to re-create the experience of the show, including visuals that provide the layout of the 1,300-plus artworks.
Maglaras told the American Art Museum: “Everything in Gallery I, where most of the Cubist work was hung (it was called by the press the ‘Chamber of Horrors’) caused an immediate controversy.”
Cubistic art looks like real life fractured and somewhat flattened into geometric forms, often cubes.
“From the standpoint of sheer geography, Gallery I was hidden away in the upper left-hand corner of the armory space,” Maglaras said, “and if you had been strolling through the galleries in no particular order, coming upon the contents of that gallery would have taken you completely by surprise.”
His painting resembles a time-lapse photograph of a barely recognizable, robotic-looking figure walking down stairs. It evokes a type of photo that was more a study of movement than a purposely aesthetic image.
Duchamp’s painting was bought for $300 by a San Francisco dealer. Today, it’s a great modern treasure in the collection of the Philadelphia Museum of Art.
Teresa Annas, 757-446-2485, teresa.annas@pilotonline.com     

Image credit:  “Man on a Balcony (Portrait of Dr. Théo Morinaud)” is a 1912 Cubist painting by Albert Gleizes from the Louise and Walter Arensberg Collection at the Philadelphia Museum of Art. (Courtesy photo | 217 Films)


Wednesday, August 20, 2014

New Screening Date Added: Des Moines Art Center

217 Films just added a new winter screening date for "The Great Confusion:  The 1913 Armory Show." This film will screen March 26, 2015 at the Des Moines Art Center.  Director Michael Maglaras will be in attendance to introduce the film.  

The next chance to see this film is September 3 at the Naro Expanded Cinema in Norfolk, Virginia and October 26 at Gari Melchers Home & Studio in Falmouth, Virginia.  Michael Maglaras will introduce the screening at the Naro and Executive Producer Terri Templeton will introduce the film in Falmouth.

For a full list of screening dates, times and locations, follow this link.  

This film has been showing to standing room only audiences since it premiered in September 2013.

A recent review in The Dartmouth said of “The Great Confusion” that “Michael Maglaras...brought the drama of the original show back to life.”

To purchase the DVD, follow this link.