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

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.”