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