Monday, October 25, 2010

"Cleophas and His Own" returns to Sacramento

Movie Portraying Legendary Painter Marsden Hartley "Cleophas and His Own" Returns to Sacramento

What they're saying about "Cleophas and His Own":

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

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

Director Michael Maglaras of 217 Films returns to Sacramento to screen "Cleophas and His Own" at the Crocker Art Museum. Art lovers will recall that this film made its west coast premiere in 2006 at the Crest Theatre in conjunction with a gallery talk at the Crocker during its Marsden Hartley retrospective

December 2 -- 5:30pm
"Cleophas and His Own"
Crocker Art Museum
216 O Street
Sacramento, California
More info HERE

Director Michael Maglaras, who also plays the role of Marsden Hartley, tells the magnificent story of “Cleophas and His Own” using Hartley’s text in its entirety, preserving the poem’s original thirteen-chapter structure. Twenty-four paintings and drawings by Hartley, as well as flashbacks to his Nova Scotia experience, illuminate the days leading up to and following the great Atlantic hurricane of September 19, 1936 when Hartley lost the young man who had become the great love of his life. This powerful and evocative movie had its world premiere in June 2005 in Hartley’s hometown of Lewiston, Maine, where hundreds of people turned out to see this portrayal of the world-renowned painter. (Not rated / 147 minutes)

Sunday, October 24, 2010

"Snow-Bound" Performed by Michael Maglaras

Read press release at this link.

More about the St. Lawrence Arts Center's fundraising campaign at this link.

WHAT: “Snow-Bound” read by Michael Maglaras
WHEN: December 12 – 3:00pm
WHY: Special benefit for the St. Lawrence Arts Center

Remembered for his legendary 2007 complete performance of Longfellow’s “The Song of Hiawatha,” actor, director, and film maker Michael Maglaras returns to the St. Lawrence to perform John Greenleaf Whittier’s masterful poem “Snow-Bound.” Charles Ives’ piano masterpiece “A Concord Sonata” is the musical back-drop for this hour-long reading.

Sponsored by 217 Records, 100% of ticket sales will benefit the St. Lawrence. A special reception will follow the performance.

“Snow-Bound” captures a sense of a special time and place. It recounts a New England blizzard, from Whittier’s childhood, that isolated the young poet and his family in their Haverhill home for nearly a week before a team of oxen could free them. As the fury of the blizzard rages outside, the family and their guests huddle before the great fireplace knowing they will soon be cut off from the outside world. Inspired in this intimate setting, they begin, one by one, to open their hearts. Each person tells a story from his or her life -- revealing a depth of experience and spirit -- all seen through the eyes of Whittier as a ten-year-old boy, and remembered by him as a mature man, in this masterpiece of American literature.

Tickets are $12 if purchased by November 22 and $15 after that date.

Purchase online at this link.
Purchase via phone: 207-347-3075

All proceeds from this benefit performance will go to the St. Lawrence.

Directions at this link.

Tuesday, October 19, 2010

This Friday: John Marin: Let the Paint be Paint! screens at The Grand

The historic Grand theater in Ellsworth, Maine is under scaffolding as its magnificent art-deco tower is fully restored.

217 Films
is honored to screen John Marin: Let the Paint be Paint! there this Friday. Filmmaker Michael Maglaras will introduce the film.

Screening of 217 Films' new essay in film -- John Marin: Let the Paint be Paint!

Friday, October 22 -- 7:00pm

The Grand, 165 Main St., Ellsworth, Maine

COST: $7 Adults / $6 Seniors / $5 Members


Box Office -- 207-667-9500
Administrative Offices -- 207-667-5911