Sunday, December 13, 2009

World Premiere Event

On Friday, December 11, 2009 217 Films' new documentary John Marin: Let the Paint be Paint! was shown for the very first time to a sold out house at the Portland Museum of Art in Portland, Maine. The encore screening on December 12 was also sold out. Museum director Mark Bessire and Portland's Mayor Mavodones welcomed the audience to this first-ever viewing. Filmmakers Michael Maglaras and Terri Templeton were also in attendance.

It was a great honor to hold the world premiere at this world-class museum. View photos from the event at this link.

This film will be on a national tour in 2010. Keep your eye on this blog for more information.

Thursday, December 10, 2009

TONIGHT: MPBN TV "Maine Watch"





Tonight at 8:00pm be sure to tune in to the stations of MPBN Television to watch "Maine Watch" for Tom Porter's TV interview with Michael Maglaras. This interviews focuses on 217 Films' new documentary "John Marin: Let the Paint be Paint" which makes its world premiere at the Portland Museum of Art this Friday and Saturday.

The Friday screening is sold out but tickets are still available for Saturday. FMI and tickets visit this link.

Wednesday, December 9, 2009

Listen to MPBN Radio Interview with Michael Maglaras

Follow this link to listen to Tom Porter's interview with Michael Maglaras. This interview aired December 8, 2009 on MPBN Radio's "Maine Things Considered." Read the full transcript at this link.

This Thursday, December 10 at 8:00pm be sure to tune in to MPBN Television's "Maine Watch" for Tom Porter's TV interview with Michael Maglaras.

Both these interviews focus on 217 Films' new documentary "John Marin: Let the Paint be Paint."

The world premiere of this new film will be held at the Portland Museum of Art this Friday, December 11 and Saturday, December 12 as part of its Movies at the Museum series. Michael Maglaras will introduce the film and answer questions at the end of each screening.

Tuesday, December 8, 2009

Special Announcement: Friday Sold Out

Tickets are SOLD OUT for the Friday, December 11 world premiere of 217 Films' "John Marin: Let the Paint be Paint!"

Tickets are STILL AVAILABLE for the Saturday, December 12 screening at this link.

Both these screenings are being held at the Portland Museum of Art in Portland, Maine.

TONIGHT: MPBN Radio




Be sure to tune your radio dial to Maine Things Considered at 5:30 tonight to listen to Tom Porter's interview with Michael Maglaras about 217 Films' new documentary, "John Marin: Let the Paint be Paint!"

You can also listen to MPBN Radio live on the web at this link.

This new film premieres at the Portland Museum of Art this Friday and Saturday. More at this link.

Sunday, December 6, 2009

New documentary explores life and art of master Marin




From staff reports December 6, 2009

The documentary “John Marin: Let the Paint Be Paint!” premieres Friday.

Tickets are available for the Friday premiere of 217 Films' new documentary about American master John Marin at the Portland Museum of Art. Tickets for "John Marin: Let the Paint Be Paint!" cost $7 and can be purchased at the museum's Web site, www.portlandmuseum.org.

The museum anticipates the Friday screening will sell out, and recommends people buy their tickets in advance.

The movie begins at 6:30 p.m. Friday, followed by an encore screening at 2 p.m. Saturday.

"John Marin: Let the Paint be Paint!" tells the story of one of the most important American artistic figures of the first half of the 20th century, considered by many to be the father of American Modernism. Follow this link to read the full article.

John Marin Film: World Premiere This Friday & Saturday

FMI and to reserve tickets online at this link.

Friday, November 27, 2009

Two weeks from today: World premiere of 217 Films' new John Marin film




Just two weeks from today, the world premiere of 217 Films' new documentary "John Marin: Let the Paint be Paint!" will be held at the Portland Museum of Art. Advance tickets for the Friday, December 11th world premiere and the Saturday, December 12th encore screening are available to purchase on the Portland Museum of Art's website.

View video clips at this link.

Wednesday, November 11, 2009

Advance Tickets: John Marin Let the Paint be Paint!

SPECIAL ANNOUNCEMENT:
Advance tickets for John Marin: Let the Paint be Paint! are now available to purchase on the Portland Museum of Art's website. Read full press release at this link.

WHAT: World premiere of 217 Films' new documentary John Marin: Let the Paint be Paint!

WHERE: Portland Museum of Art, Seven Congress Square, Portland, Maine

WHEN:
Friday, December 11 -- 6:30pm (world premiere)
Saturday, December 12 -- 2:00pm (encore screening)

TICKETS: $7

FMI: 207-775-6148

Filmmaker Michael Maglaras of 217 Films will introduce the film at both screenings.

View clips from this new movie at this link.

Thursday, November 5, 2009

Maine Art Scene

The Maine Art Scene website is a great place to keep up to date on the latest art news and happenings in the state. Read about the debut of 217 Films' John Marin: "Let the Paint be Paint!" at this link.

Follow this link to become a fan of Maine Art Scene on facebook. You can also follow them on Twitter.

John Marin in Maine

This clip was shot in Addison, Maine near John Marin's home on Cape Split. Watch below or follow this link to 217 Films' YouTube channel. Follow this link to view photos from the shoot.

This new documentary, John Marin: "Let the Paint be Paint!", will be shown for the first time on Friday, December 11 at the Portland Museum of Art in Portland, Maine as part of the Movies at the Museum series. Filmmaker Michael Maglaras will introduce the film and take questions following the screening.

Wednesday, November 4, 2009

John Marin in New York

This clip from 217 Films new documentary John Marin: "Let the Paint be Paint!" focuses on Marin's paintings of New York. Watch below or follow this link to YouTube. John Marin: "Let the Paint be Paint!" will be shown for the first time on Friday, December 11 at the Portland Museum of Art in Portland, Maine. More information at this link.

Saturday, October 31, 2009

217 Films on facebook and Twitter

Keep up to date on the latest news from 217 Films as well as information about all our upcoming screenings by becoming a fan on facebook or following us on Twitter. Look for our new website coming soon!

Friday, October 30, 2009

Marin's Piano: Scene from "John Marin: Let the Paint be Paint!"

This scene from 217 Films' new documentary "John Marin: Let the Paint be Paint!" was shot on location at John Marin's summer home on Cape Split in Addison, Maine. View below or follow this link to YouTube. This documentary was written, narrated and directed by Michael Maglaras. Terri Templeton is executive producer. The world premiere of this new film will be held December 11, 2009 at the Portland Museum of Art in Portland, Maine as part of its Movies at the Museum series. A national tour is planned for 2010. Next stops for this film include the New Britain Museum of American Art in New Britain, Connecticut and the National Gallery of Art in Washington, DC.

Wednesday, October 28, 2009

Sneak Peek: John Marin Documentary

Click below or follow this link to 217 Films' YouTube channel to view an excerpt from Michael Maglaras's new documentary "John Marin: Let the Paint be Paint!" This scene was shot at the Colby College Museum of Art and includes rarely seen photographs from Marin's estate. The world premiere of this new film will be held at the Portland Museum of Art on December 11, 2009.

Monday, October 12, 2009

Art Knowledge News: John Marin Documentary








Follow this link to read about 217 Films' new documentary John Marin: "Let the Paint be Paint!"in Art Knowledge News.

Art Knowledge News is sponsored by the Art Appreciation Foundation. Part of the Foundation's mission is to inform and enlighten people about the world of art. With nearly 800,000 subscribers worldwide, Art Knowledge News does just that!

John Marin: “Let the Paint be Paint!” was written, narrated and directed by Michael Maglaras. Terri Templeton is executive producer.

Sunday, October 11, 2009

October 11: Artdaily.org



Established in 1996, Artdaily.org is the first art newspaper on the net. Ignacio Villarreal is editor and publisher.

Today, 217 Films' world premiere of "John Marin: Let the Paint be Paint!" was selected as one of the features. Read more at this link.

Friday, October 9, 2009

New Documentary on Painter John Marin Premieres in December

NOVEMBER 11 -- NOTE: Due to popular demand, advance tickets are now available on the Portland Museum of Art's website at this link.

John Marin, ca. 1908. Photographer unknown.
Used by permission of the Estate of John Marin.

Download pdf of this press release at this link.
ASHFORD, CONNECTICUT (Oct. 9, 2009) -- 217 Films and independent filmmakers Michael Maglaras and Terri Templeton announce the premiere of their new film about American master John Marin.

On Friday, December 11 at 6:30pm, John Marin: “Let the Paint be Paint!” will make its world premiere at the Portland Museum of Art, Seven Congress Square, in Portland, Maine. There will be an encore screening on Saturday, December 12 at 2:00pm. Tickets are $7 and will go on sale at the Museum beginning at 10:00am the day of the screening.

John Marin: “Let the Paint be Paint!” tells the story of one of the most important American artistic figures of the first half of the 20th century, and the undisputed father of American Modernism. Utilizing more than 70 of Marin’s paintings, drawings, and etchings, including those in the private collection of Norma Marin seldom seen anywhere, filmmaker Michael Maglaras reveals Marin's life, from his beginnings in New Jersey and his early experiments in watercolor, to his days at Cape Split in Down East Maine, where, with his late oils and watercolors, he established himself as one of the preeminent masters of American art.

This documentary highlights Marin’s development as a man and as an artist from his early years as he struggled with his own artistic identity as a young man studying architecture, to his first moments of self-discovery as an etcher and painter, and brings us, finally, at the end of his life and in his 80s, to the painter and man whose unending quest for the new never ceased, and who served as the creative ,example to painters as diverse as Mark Rothko and Jackson Pollock.

John Marin: “Let the Paint be Paint!” was written, narrated and directed by Michael Maglaras. Terri Templeton is executive producer. This film was shot on location at the Colby College Museum of Art in Waterville, Maine and at Marin’s summer home on Cape Split in Addison, Maine, where he produced some of his most outstanding and memorable work. The Colby College Museum is the world’s single largest publicly displayed museum collection of Marin’s work and many of these pieces are featured prominently in the film.

A national tour is planned for 2010. Next stops for this film include the New Britain Museum of American Art in New Britain, Connecticut and the National Gallery of Art in Washington, DC.

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Saturday, October 3, 2009

Oct 8: Art Speak and Film Screening "Cleophas and His Own"




Art Speak and Film Screening: Cleophas and His Own
When: Thu., Oct. 8, 6:30 p.m.
Cleophas and His Own has been adapted into a feature-length film directed by Michael Maglaras and produced by Terri Templeton of 217 Films. Maglaras will also give a lecture at 1pm (hours before the screening) in the Art Gallery of Nova Scotia auditorium. Both events are free. CBC Radio Room South End CBC Radio Building, 1599 South Park

Cleophas and His Own: A Little Background...

It has been four years since Cleophas and His Own first premiered in Marsden Hartley's hometown of Lewiston, Maine on June 22, 2005. Since that time, this film has toured the United States to critical acclaim. It is with great pleasure that we bring this film to Halifax, Nova Scotia on Thursday, October 8. Read about this special screening at this link. Can't make it to the screeing? Purchase the DVD HERE.

Early in the fall of 1935 Marsden Hartley met the Francis and Martha Mason family. He had traveled to Lunenberg, Nova Scotia, in search of a friend, whom he could not locate. After a short time there, he moved to nearby Blue Rocks, where he met the Masons. In early November he moved to their home on East Point Island, across an inlet from Blue Rocks. Read more about the story at this link.

"...a must see...there's an intimacy that Maglaras manages to achieve in his portrayal of Hartley that draws the audience into the film's story...this a notable achievement." (Joel Johnson, Wolf Moon Press Journal)

"Virtuoso filmmaking in a rare and beautiful hybrid...'Cleophas and His Own' holds the viewer spellbound from start to finish." (Peggy Parsons, Director of Film, National Gallery of Art)

"There's no film like it." (Prairie Miller, WBAI New York City)

"Cleophas and His Own is a superb piece of devotional art...be prepared to savor the experience." (Edgar Allen Beem, The Forecaster) READ THE FULL REVIEW

"Hypnotic...this haunting film illuminates Hartley's life and work with a nearly Bergman-like gravitas." (Victoria Dalkey, Sacramento Bee) READ THE FULL REVIEW

"Maglaras is mesmerizing as Hartley. 'Cleophas and His Own' channels the artist's passion and suffering-and vision-with remarkable grace and drama, heightening our appreciation of the painter, writer, and man." (Carl Little, Art New England)

"a penetrating performance of understated intensity...a passionately rendered ode..." (Jason Gargano, CityBeat) READ THE FULL REVIEW

Monday, September 28, 2009

Oct 8 - Halifax Screening: Cleophas and His Own

On Thursday, October 8, 217 Films first film Cleophas and His Own will screen in Halifax, Nova Scotia at the CBC Radio Room. It has been a goal to show this in Nova Scotia and we are very fortunate to work with Will Roberts of the Cultural Product Project to make this goal a reality.

1:00 p.m.
Free lecture by Michael Maglaras about the making of this film.
Location: Art Gallery of Nova Scotia auditorium, 1723 Hollis Street, Halifax. FREE.

6:30 p.m.
Screening of Cleophas and His Own
Location: CBC Radio Room 1599 South Park St., Halifax with a reception to follow. View map at this link. FREE admission.

In 1935-36 the iconic American painter Marsden Hartley lived at Blue Rocks, Nova Scotia. His time there living with a local family was idyllic until tragedy took the lives of those close to him. The experience changed Hartley and ultimately changed the course of American painting through an amazing outpouring of brilliant and new work. This film by Michael Maglaras is based on Hartley's own writing, the narrative he wrote following the tragedy. Mr. Maglaras will introduce the film and take questions following the screening.

Log on to facebook to follow this link and find out more about this event.

FMI contact Will Roberts at 902-495-8220 or culturalproduct@gmail.com

Sunday, August 30, 2009

The life and art of John Marin



A new documentary about the legendary painter tells the story of a remarkable artist who also was just a regular guy.

By BOB KEYES, Staff Writer

August 30, 2009


ADDISON — It's easy to understand why the painter John Marin was so smitten with the Down East coast.

After spending many years renting homes and staying at boarding houses from Portland to Stonington, Marin finally settled on a lonely section of the coast, far beyond the bustle of the city or the quiet of Deer Isle.

Marin, who came to Maine nearly every summer from his New Jersey home with wife and child in tow, rented a home in the Cape Split section of Addison in the summer of 1933 and returned the following year. But this time, he stayed at a cottage overlooking Pleasant Bay that he had purchased.

It would become his professional and personal touchstone, and a source of joy, until he died in 1953 at age 82.

Just outside his windows, the sea washed in around the glacial remains. Beyond the rocks, a series of islands lay before him, providing a stunning visual backdrop.

Cape Split offered everything Marin wanted. It was remote and inspirational. It afforded endless opportunities to paint, and also to hunt, fish and get on the water in his boat. Nearby, the Tunk Mountains provided the painter with paths to hike and other scenes to consider.

The cottage – expanded and modernized over the years – is still standing, and on a recent afternoon, filmmaker Michael Maglaras planted himself in an armchair on the porch where Marin painted and sketched.

"Everything I have read about him, everyone I have spoken to who knew Marin, every letter of his that I have read, leave me with two lasting impressions: He was enormously sensitive and intelligent, but he also was a regular guy," Maglaras said.

Read full article at this link.

Check out behind the scenes photos.

Thursday, August 27, 2009

It's a Wrap

On August 25th and 26th, Michael Maglaras, Terri Templeton and the 217 Films crew were on location on Cape Split in Addison, Maine doing the final shoot for the new documentary John Marin: Let the Paint Be Paint!

View photos at this link.

This documentary will premiere in December 2009 and has been shot by an all Maine crew, including:

Phil Cormier, Director of Photography
Ramsey Tripp, Production Manager
Jayson Lobozzo, Gaffer
Tom Eichler, Sound
James Sturiano, Grip
Mike Panenka, Grip
Lucretia Connolly, Stylist
Jay Piscopo, Storyboards

Terri Templeton is executive producer and this film is written, narrated, and directed by Michael Maglaras. For more about 217 Films other work, visit two17films.com

Wednesday, August 19, 2009

Final Shoot for John Marin Documentary

Next week, the final shooting will take place for 217 Films’ new documentary about one of the most important painters of the American experience, John Marin.

This shoot will take place in and around Marin's summer home on Cape Split in Addison, Maine, where he produced some of his most outstanding and memorable work.

“John Marin: Let the Paint Be Paint!” is written, narrated and directed by Michael Maglaras. Terri Templeton is executive producer and Phil Cormier is director of photography.

Scheduled for release in December 2009, this documentary will employ more than 50 paintings, drawings, and etchings by this American master, and will highlight Marin’s development from his early years as he struggled with his own artistic identity as an architect, to his first moments of self-discovery as an etcher and painter in Paris, to his triumphant return to the United States and his position as “America’s Painter.”

Friday, July 31, 2009

Cleophas and His Own to Screen in Halifax, Nova Scotia

On October 8th, 217 Films' first film, Cleophas and His Own, will screen in Halifax, Nova Scotia at the CBC Radio Room. It has been a goal to show this in Nova Scotia and we are very fortunate (and excited!) to work with Will Roberts of the Cultural Product Project to make this goal a reality. More details will be posted soon.

In the meantime, follow this link to read the story behind the making of this film.










Synopsis: In September of 1943, the typescript of a private, unpublished narrative was discovered in Corea, Maine, among the belongings of the American modernist painter and poet Marsden Hartley…just a few days after his death. This powerful and poignant elegy called Cleophas and His Own and written by Hartley to assuage his grief at the loss of a young man he loved, is now a feature-length film directed by Michael Maglaras and produced by Terri Templeton of 217 Films. The film presents Hartley (played by Maglaras) seated in his makeshift studio in Corea in 1943 where, tired and ill, he recounts a tragic story to an unseen visitor of the sad fate that befell the Francis Mason family: a family of farmers and fishermen with whom he lived on a remote island in Nova Scotia seven years before. Using Hartley's text in its entirety and preserving the poem's thirteen-chapter structure, the film uses flashbacks and employs 24 of Hartley's paintings and drawings to tell of the events leading up to and following the Atlantic hurricane of September 19, 1936, when Hartley lost the young man who had become the love of his life. Following the death of this young man, the last seven years of Hartley’s life were devoted to reliving these experiences through poetry and painting, leaving behind a body of work, second to none in the American experience, devoted to this young man’s memory and his love the Mason family. 2005. Not rated. 147 minutes.

Wednesday, July 22, 2009

217 Films: Screening News

Filmmakers Michael Maglaras and Terri Templeton were invited to show Visible Silence: Marsden Hartley, Painter and Poet at the National Gallery of Art in Washington, D.C. on Saturday, July 10, 2009.

This is the second time 217 Films has held the D.C. area premiere of one of its films at the National Gallery. The first was Cleophas and His Own in 2006.

"We are always delighted to show at the National Gallery of Art and are particularly indebted to Peggy Parsons for her invitation," said Maglaras. "Washington is a great venue to screen films and the National Gallery showings attract the highest quality audience. I am always impressed by the quality and quantity of questions asked after a screening there."

The Washington, D.C. area premiere of 217 Films latest work, John Marin: Let the Paint Be Paint!, will be held at the National Gallery of Art in early 2010, after its Maine premiere this December. Shooting for this film concludes in August.

217 Films first film, Cleophas and His Own, is scheduled to screen in Halifax, Nova Scotia this fall. In this film, painter Marsden Hartley (played by Michael Maglaras) recounts to an unseen visitor a sad story of the fate that befell the Mason family, with whom he spent two summers on a remote Nova Scotia island in 1935 and 1936. Those two summers forever transformed Hartley’s work as an artist, and so transformed the history of American art.

Monday, June 15, 2009

July 11: "Visible Silence: Marsden Hartley, Painter and Poet" at the National Gallery of Art

Visible Silence: Marsden Hartley, Painter and Poet, a new documentary by 217 Films which illuminates the life and work of American master Marsden Hartley (1877-1943), will be shown at the National Gallery of Art. This documentary will screen in the East Building Auditorium at 1:00 p.m. on Saturday, July 11. The National Gallery of Art is located on the National Mall between 3rd and 7th Streets at Constitution Avenue NW, in Washington, D.C.

Click HERE to read full press release.

Click HERE for National Gallery of Art listing.


What: Screening of Visible Silence: Marsden Hartley, Painter and Poet. Discussion with director Michael Maglaras will follow the screening.

When: Saturday, July 11 at 1:00 p.m.

Where: National Gallery of Art – East Building Auditorium

Admission: Free and open to the public

Contact: 202-737-4215

Photo of Hartley: George Platt Lynes, Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution, Washington, DC. Used by permission.

Monday, June 8, 2009

First Shoot for John Marin Documentary














Location shooting began today for 217 Films' new documentary "John Marin: Let the Paint be Paint!" This shoot was held in the Marin galleries at the Colby College Museum Art. Click HERE for photos from the shoot.

Director Michael Maglaras and executive producer Terri Templeton were joined by director of photography Phil Cormier and crew members Ramsey Tripp (production manager), Jayson Labozo (gaffer), Tom Eichler (Sound), Mike Paneka and Mike Hadley (grips) and Heather Shand (production assistant). Lesley Tracy did hair and makeup for Michael's on-camera appearances. In addition to directing, Michael wrote and narrated this script.

The next shoot is scheduled for mid-August at Marin's summer home in Cape Split, Maine.

Sunday, May 31, 2009

Shooting for New Documentary on Painter John Marin to Begin

WATERVILLE, MAINE (June 1, 2009) – On Monday, June 8 shooting will begin for 217 Films’ new documentary about one of the most important painters of the American experience, John Marin. This shoot will take place at the Colby College Museum of Art. The Museum has two full galleries devoted to Marin and many of the works in this collection will feature prominently in the film.

“John Marin: Let the Paint Be Paint!” will be written, narrated and directed by Michael Maglaras. Terri Templeton is executive producer and Phil Cormier is director of photography.

Scheduled for release in December 2009, this documentary will employ more than 50 paintings, drawings, and etchings by this American master, and will highlight Marin’s development from his early years as he struggled with his own artistic identity as an architect, to his first moments of self-discovery as an etcher and painter in Paris, to his triumphant return to the United States and his position as “America’s Painter.”

The next shoot will take place in August at Marin’s summer home on Cape Split in Addison, Maine, where he produced some of his most outstanding and memorable work.

217 Films’ most recent film “Visible Silence: Marsden Hartley, Painter and Poet” was installed as part of the Marsden Hartley: American Modern exhibit at the Naples Museum of Art where it was described as “Sensitive…elegiac…insightful” by the Naples Daily News.

www.two17films.com

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Thursday, May 7, 2009

John Marin Documentary: Storyboard Samples

Storyboards are complete and shooting is soon to begin on 217 Films new documentary John Marin: Let the Paint Be Paint!. View samples at this link. You'll see a sample of the storyboards filmmakers Michael Maglaras and Terri Templeton are working with as they finalize the timeline and shooting script for this production. Storyboarding was done on location in Cape Split and at the Colby College Museum of Art by storyboard artist Jay Piscopo. This film will be shot by director of photography Phil Cormier and be directed by Michael Maglaras. Terri Templeton is executive producer.

Friday, April 24, 2009

Storyboarding for John Marin: Let the Paint Be Paint

In preparation for filming the new documentary John Marin: Let the Paint Be Paint!, the 217 Films crew spent a spring afternoon storyboarding at the Colby College Museum of Art in Waterville, Maine. View on-location photos of director Michael Maglaras, executive producer Terri Templeton and storyboard artist Jay Piscopo at this link.

The 217 Films crew will return to Colby in early June to beginning filming.

Thursday, April 23, 2009

Colby College Museum of Art Screening

Lauren Lessing, Mirken Curator of Education at the Colby College Museum of Art, and Michael Maglaras of 217 Films.
On Thursday, April 23, 2009 the Colby College Museum of Art presented the documentary Visible Silence: Marsden Hartley, Painter and Poet. Filmmakers Michael Maglaras and Terri Templeton of 217 Films were on hand to introduce the film and take questions from the audience following the screening. View photos at this link.

Tuesday, April 21, 2009

This Thursday: Visible Silence at Colby College

The Colby College Museum of Art presents the Maine-made documentary "Visible Silence: Marsden Hartley, Painter and Poet," which illuminates the life and work of American master Marsden Hartley.

Thursday, April 23
7:00 p.m.
Given Auditorium at the Colby College Museum of Art
5600 Mayflower Hill Drive
Waterville, Maine

FREE and open to the public.

"Visible Silence: Marsden Hartley, Painter and Poet" is the first documentary ever made about this world-renowned painter. It was written, directed, and narrated by Michael Maglaras of 217 Films.

Maglaras will be on hand to introduce the film and answer questions following the screening.

Monday, April 20, 2009

The Hague: Visible Silence European Premiere Photos

Filmmakers Michael Maglaras and Terri Templeton at The Hague, April 2, 2009.
On April 2, 217 Films documentary Visible Silence: Marsden Hartley, Painter and Poet made its European premiere. Check out photos HERE. The Decorative and Fine Arts Society of the Hague presented this film at The American School of the Hague.

This film returns to Maine this week with a free screening at the Colby College Museum of Art on Thursday, April 23 at 7:00 pm. Read more about this free screening HERE.

Monday, April 13, 2009

Cape Split, Maine: Location Scout for John Marin Film

Today, the 217 Films crew was on location in Cape Split, Maine storyboarding and blocking shots for 217 Films new documentary: John Marin: Let the Paint Be Paint!. View photo gallery HERE.

Director Michael Maglaras and executive producer Terri Templeton worked with director of photography Phil Cormier, lighting director Jayson Labozo, and storyboard artist Jay Piscopo to establish the shot list for the upcoming shoot at this location.

Friday, April 10, 2009

Colby College Museum of Art presents the Maine-made film "Visible Silence: Marsden Hartley, Painter and Poet"


WATERVILLE, MAINE (April 10, 2009) -- In celebration of the Alex Katz Foundation's recent gift of six paintings by Marsden Hartley to the Colby College Museum of Art’s collection, the museum will present the Maine-made documentary "Visible Silence: Marsden Hartley, Painter and Poet," which illuminates the life and work of American master Marsden Hartley. This documentary will screen in Given Auditorium at the Colby College Museum of Art, 5600 Mayflower Hill Drive in Waterville at 7:00 p.m. on Thursday, April 23. This screening is free and open to the public.

The six Hartley paintings donated by the Alex Katz Foundation include still lifes and landscapes. These paintings are on view at the museum and join three Hartley’s already in the museum’s permanent collection.

Born in Lewiston, Marsden Hartley (1878-1943) is acknowledged as one of the founders of American modernism. "Visible Silence: Marsden Hartley, Painter and Poet" is the first documentary ever made about this world-renowned painter. It was written, directed, and narrated by Michael Maglaras of 217 Films. Maglaras will be on hand to introduce the film and answer questions following the screening.

Read full press release HERE.

Tuesday, April 7, 2009

217 Films Begins Production on John Marin Film

Next week, 217 Films begins production on its new film John Marin: Let the Paint Be Paint. Michael Maglaras, Terri Templeton and the production crew will be in Addison, Maine location scouting, storyboarding, and finalizing the shot list. Shooting begins this spring. Read more about this new film HERE.

Sunday, February 22, 2009

Save the date! Thursday, April 23


Thursday, April 23
7:00 PM
Colby College Museum of Art
Given Auditorium
Waterville, Maine

In celebration of the Alex Katz Foundation’s recent gift of six paintings by Marsden Hartley to the Colby Museum’s collection, the museum presents Visible Silence: Marsden Hartley, Painter and Poet (2008, 58 mins.), a documentary written, narrated, and directed by Michael Maglaras of 217 Films. Born in Lewiston, Marsden Hartley (1878–1943) is acknowledged as one of the founders of American modernism. Visible Silence features numerous paintings and drawings by the artist, as well as contextual photographs, and draws heavily from Hartley’s little-known poetic works. Introduced by writer and director Michael Maglaras.

Monday, February 16, 2009

April 2: European Premiere of Visible Silence

217 Films documentary Visible Silence: Marsden Hartley, Painter and Poet makes its European premiere!

The Decorative and Fine Arts Society of the Hague is proud to present this film at The American School of the Hague on April 2, 2009. This screening marks the first time this new work by Connecticut filmmakers Michael Maglaras and Terri Templeton has been shown outside the United States. The filmmakers will be present to introduce the film and take questions following the screening.

Thursday, February 5, 2009

Gloucester Daily Times




"We are on a crusade to bring Hartley to life, and to inspire others to take pride in our collective American art experience," Maglaras said in a phone interview. "The combination of a great painter and a wonderful writer is not one you find all the time — and Hartley was both. He was not only an important painter, he was a fine poet and fine writer, an essayist, a diarist, and he left a legacy of written work." ~ Michael Maglaras, 217 Films

Click HERE to read Gail McCarthy's article about 217 Films' new documentary Visible Silence: Marsden Hartley, Painter and Poet which will screen in Gloucester, Massachusetts next week.

What: The Gloucester debut of the film "Visible Silence: Marsden Hartley, Painter and Poet"

When: Thursday, Feb. 12 at 7:15 p.m.

Where: Cape Ann Community Cinema at Gloucester Stage, 267 East Main St. in Gloucester. For information, call 978-309-8448 or visit www.massbayfilmproject.org.

A free public lecture will take place Feb. 12 at 11:30 a.m. at Montserrat College of Art, Room 201, in Beverly. The lecture is titled "Can you really make a film about a painter? The making of Visible Silence: Marsden Hartley, Painter and Poet."

Sunday, February 1, 2009

New Documentary on Painter John Marin Announced


STAMFORD, CONNECTICUT (Feb. 1, 2009) -- 217 Films and independent filmmakers Michael Maglaras and Terri Templeton announce their new film about one of the most important painters of the American experience, John Marin.

Scheduled for release in the early winter of 2009, “John Marin: Let the Paint Be Paint!” will employ more than 40 paintings and drawings by this American master painter universally recognized as one of the most productive and influential artistic spirits of the 20th century.

This documentary will highlight Marin’s development, as a man and as an artist…from his early years as he struggled with his own artistic identity as a young man studying architecture, to his first moments of self-discovery as an etcher and painter, and will bring us, finally, at the end of his life and in his 80’s, to the painter and man whose unending quest for the new never ceased, and who served as the creative example to painters as diverse as Willem de Kooning and Jackson Pollock.

“John Marin: Let the Paint Be Paint!” will be written, narrated and directed by Michael Maglaras, and shot at Marin’s summer home on Cape Split in Addison, Maine, where he produced some of his most outstanding and memorable work, as well as in New Jersey near his winter home and studio. Terri Templeton is executive producer of this project. Shooting begins in April, 2009.

217 Films’ most recent film “Visible Silence: Marsden Hartley, Painter and Poet” was installed as part of the Marsden Hartley: American Modern exhibit at the Naples Museum of Art where it was described as “Sensitive…elegiac…insightful” by the Naples Daily News. Visible Silence is currently on tour. Next stops include: The Hague; Colby Museum of Art; Halifax, Nova Scotia; Currier Museum of Art, the University of Maine, and other locations.

CAPTION: John Marin, Self-portrait. Graphite and charcoal pencil on transparent film, circa 1945. National Portrait Gallery, Smithsonian Institution.
© 2001 Estate of John Marin / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York


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Thursday, January 22, 2009

Can you really make a film about a painter?





Free lecture at Montserrat College of Art
Thursday, February 12
11:30 a.m.

"Can you really make a film about a painter? The making of Visible Silence: Marsden Hartley, Painter and Poet” Presented by filmmaker Michael Maglaras of 217 Films. From research and writing to selecting and shooting images, this lecture gives a behind the scenes look at what goes into making a film about a painter. Maglaras will intersperse clips from the film throughout his presentation.

Montserrat College of Art
23 Essex St., Room 201
Beverly, Massachusetts

Free and open to the public.

FMI:
Shana Dumont
sdumont@montserrat.edu
TEL: 978-867-9604