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

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