Wednesday, December 31, 2008

Screening Scheduled: February 12, 2009

WHAT: Screening of 217 Films new documentary:
Visible Silence: Marsden Hartley, Painter and Poet
Written, narrated, and directed by Michael Maglaras

WHEN: Thursday, February 12, 2009

WHERE: The Cape Ann Community Cinema
267 East Main Street
Gloucester, Massachusetts 01930
TEL: 978-309-8448

COST: $8.50 Adults $7 Seniors and Students

MORE: Filmmaker Michael Maglaras will introduce the documentary and answer questions following the screening.

DESCRIPTION: Visible Silence: Marsden Hartley, Painter and Poet features 43 of Hartley’s paintings and drawings as well as many photographs from his early youth to his final years. Drawing heavily from Hartley’s little-known poetical works, this documentary captures the essence of Hartley -- long considered one of the most important American painters of the first half of the 20th century. Visible Silence is the first documentary ever made about this Lewiston, Maine-born painter. Hartley spent his life traveling the world in search of remote and forbidding landscapes. A critical period for Hartley was his stay in Gloucester, Massachusetts in the 1930s, where he painted his "Dogtown" series. An entire section of this film is devoted to an important early painting, “Carnival of Autumn,” which is in the permanent collection of the Boston Museum of Fine Art. Also featured is the wonderful late painting “Summer, Sea, Window, Red Curtain” from the Addison Gallery of American Art in Andover, Massachusetts. 2008. Not rated. 58 minutes.

Sunday, December 21, 2008


When Michael Maglaras and Terri Templeton are not busy making films, they produce spoken word recordings of works by great American masters.

In honor of the 200th anniversary of the birth of master poet John Greenleaf Whittier, 217 Records released two CD recordings of Whittier’s poetry. All poems are read by Michael Maglaras.

Volume 1 of the Whittier Bicentennial Recording Project is “Snow-Bound” which is dedicated entirely to Whittier’s lyric masterpiece of the same title. Released in 2006, this CD is the first contemporary recording of this epic poem. Listen to an excerpt HERE.

“Snow-Bound” was written in Amesbury, Massachusetts during the summer of 1865. The Civil War had just ended, and the nation was grieving the assassination of President Lincoln and the enormous loss of the soldiers who fought on both sides. Published in February of 1866, “Snow-Bound” was an immediate success. 141 years later, this poetic masterpiece still resonates with as much power as the day it was published.

Volume 2, “Barbara Frietchie & Other Poems,” was released in 2007 and includes 12 of Whittier’s most beloved poems, including “The Pressed Gentian,” “Burning Driftwood,” and “The Barefoot Boy.” All poems are read by Michael Maglaras. Listen to an excerpt from “Barbara Frietchie” HERE.

Wednesday, December 17, 2008

Sunday, December 7, 2008

Visble Silence at the Naples Museum of Art

Don't miss Marsden Hartley: American Modern at the Naples Museum of Art in Naples, Florida. This show ends January 11, 2008. 217 Films documentary Visible Silence: Marsden Hartley, Painter and Poet has been included as part of the exhibit to give patrons a multi-media experience of Hartley's life and work. Marsden Hartley: American Modern has been touring the United States and is organized by the Frederick R.Weisman Art Museum at the University of Minnesota, Minneapolis.

Visible Silence was written, directed and narrated by Michael Maglaras and produced by Terri Templeton of 217 Films. The filmmakers screened their first work, Cleophas and His Own, at the Frederick R. Weisman Art Museum in 2006. The installation at the Naples Museum of Art marks the first time their work has been shown in Florida.

Tuesday, December 2, 2008

Visible Silence - Recent Press

Here's a sampling of some of the stories that ran when 217 Films new documentary Visible Silence: Marsden Hartley, Painter and Poet toured Maine this fall.

August 21, 2008 -- The Ellsworth American
Maine Master
By Jacqueline Weaver

September 26, 2008 -- Lewiston Sun Journal
Hartley film premiers: Baldacci declares Marsden Hartley Day
By Daniel Hartill

October 23, 2008 -- Foster's Daily Democrat
Michael Maglaras takes his Dover Roots to the world
By Ryan Alan

November 2, 2008 -- Maine Sunday Telegram
Getting to the Heart of Hartley
By Bob Keyes

An international tour is planned for 2009. Next stops include the Currier Museum of Art in Manchester, New Hampshire; the Colby College Museum of Art in Waterville, Maine; Halifax, Nova Scotia; and The Hague.