Wednesday, June 30, 2010

Michael Maglaras Remarks on His Work

Watch a behind the scenes interview with filmmaker Michael Maglaras of 217 Films. He talks about what inspires him to create the films he makes, why he selects the topics he does, the creative process and thought behind his work, and his unique personal style of storytelling through "essays in film."

Saturday, June 26, 2010

August 1: Visible Silence to air on Maine Public TV

(Marsden Hartley photographed by George Platt Lynes. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution, Washington, DC. Used by permission.)
217 Films' documentary Visible Silence: Marsden Hartley, Painter and Poet which illuminates the life and work of world-renowned painter Marsden Hartley, will air on the television stations of MPBN on Sunday, August 1 at 11:30pm.

This is the first documentary ever made about this American master. It was written, directed, and narrated by Michael Maglaras of 217 Films and filmed entirely in Maine. This documentary will be shown as part of MPBN’s Community Films series which showcases the people, regions and culture of Maine.

Hartley was born in Lewiston and the Bates College Museum of Art is home to the world’s largest collection of Hartley artifacts. Visible Silence includes many pieces from this extensive archive, including drawings and photographs.

Monday, June 21, 2010

Art New England - Meet John Marin

"The work we see in John Marin: Let the Paint Be Paint! does feel alive and fresh, and many viewers will discover Marin for the first time." ~Ethan Gilsdorf, Art New England (July 2010)

Thursday, June 17, 2010

National Gallery of Art -- John Marin: Let the Paint be Paint!

Filmmakers Michael Maglaras and Terri Templeton of 217 Films will screen their new documentary John Marin: Let the Paint be Paint! at the National Gallery of Art on Saturday, July 3 at 3:00pm.

Written, narrated and directed by Michael Maglaras, this film tells the story of John Marin -- one of the most important artistic figures of the first half of the 20th century, and one of the undisputed fathers of American Modernism. Director Michael Maglaras will introduce the film

WHERE: National Gallery of Art, East Building Auditorium, 4th Street at Pennsylvania Avenue NW, Washington, DC. Directions at this link.

TICKETS: Admission is free

FMI: (202) 842-6799

Upcoming screenings include three stops in Maine where this documentary was filmed:
July 23: Stonington Opera House, Stonington, Maine
Aug. 7: Schoodic Arts Festival, Winter Harbor, Maine
Oct. 22: The Grand, Ellsworth, Maine

Michael Maglaras at Stonecoast

On Saturday, July 10 Michael Maglaras will present a masters class for summer residency students at the Stonecoast MFA in Creative Writing program.

3:00pm -- Stone House, Freeport, Maine
Poetry Aloud: Nuance and Meaning -- A Master Class with Michael Maglaras
Michael Maglaras – actor, writer, film maker, and performance artist – will conduct a class on reading poetry aloud. He’ll provide ideas about how best to communicate the meaning of a poem through the use of voice, gesture, and body language. The class will examine W.H. Auden’s poem Musee des Beaux Arts, and he will choose readers of this poem from among attendees to illustrate his points. This will be an interactive and thought-provoking session.

8:30pm -- Bowdoin College, Moulton Student Union
Michael Maglaras Reads the Poetry of Longfellow and Annie Finch
Michael Maglaras will read selected poems of Longfellow and Annie Finch. A performance by one of America’s most distinguished readers of American poetry. Not to be missed.

Listen to Michael Maglaras read poetry by Annie Finch at this link.

Tuesday, June 8, 2010

Stonington Opera House to screen new film on John Marin

Filmmakers Michael Maglaras and Terri Templeton of 217 Films will screen their new Maine-made documentary “John Marin: Let the Paint be Paint! at the Stonington Opera House on Wednesday, June 23 at 7:00pm.

“Marin’s summers in Stonington were a great inspiration to him,” noted Maglaras. “With the exception of 1929 and 1930, he spent every summer painting in Stonington and elsewhere in the area during the years 1919 through 1933...when he discovered Cape Split in South Addison. This is very significant, because it was on the Maine coast where he created his most profoundly beautiful work.”

Three watercolors of Stonington feature prominently in the film, including a panoramic view of the village titled “Stonington, 1923,” a 1924 downtown street scene, and a painting of a cottage Marin rented with his family.

Utilizing more than 70 of Marin’s paintings, drawings, and etchings, including works in the private collection of the Marin estate which have seldom been exhibited, Maglaras tells the story of Marin's life, from his beginnings in New Jersey, and his early experiments in watercolor, to his summers in Stonington where he began to reexperiment with oils, and, at last, at his summer home and studio on Cape Split in Addison, where, with his late oils, he established himself as one of the preeminent masters of American art.

“John Marin: Let the Paint be Paint!” follows Marin’s development as a man and as an artist, from his early years as a young architect struggling with his own artistic identity, to his first moments of self-discovery as an etcher and painter, to his final years as the painter and man (in his eighties) 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.

WHAT: Screening of new documentary “John Marin: Let the Paint be Paint!” Director Michael Maglaras will introduce the film.

WHEN: Wednesday, June 23 at 7:00pm

WHERE: Stonington Opera House, 1 School St., Stonington, Maine

TICKETS: $6 for adults

FMI: 207-367-2788

“John Marin: Let the Paint be Paint!” is currently on a national tour. Upcoming screenings include:

July 3: National Gallery of Art, Washington, DC
Aug. 7: Schoodic Arts Festival, Winter Harbor, Maine
Oct. 22: The Grand, Ellsworth, Maine

Image credits for the above paintings:
“Stonington, 1923” by John Marin, watercolor and charcoal on paper, 21 3/4 in. x 26 1/4 in. Courtesy of Colby College Museum of Art, gift of John Marin Jr. and Norma B. Marin.

“Stonington, 1924” by John Marin, watercolor, charcoal and crayon on paper, 13 3/4 in. x 17 in. Courtesy of Colby College Museum of Art, gift of John Marin Jr. and Norma B. Marin in Honor of Hugh J. Gourley III.