Tuesday, March 23, 2010

April 18: Longfellow Big Read features Michael Maglaras














MARK YOUR CALENDAR

Sunday, April 18 -- 4:00pm
Michael Maglaras will perform a dramatic reading of excerpts from The Song of Hiawatha at the Longfellow Big Read at Longfellow's Wayside Inn in Sudbury, Massachusetts. This hour-long reading will be performed with a full score of pre-recorded sound effects and music by Native American musicians.

Michael will also perform "Paul Revere's Ride" as an encore commemorating the significance of the 18th of April. This is the 150th anniversary of the publishing of this poem.

MORE INFORMATION at this link.

ADMISSION: $10 adults / $5 seniors and students (Tickets can be purchased at the door or in advance by calling 978-443-1776)

READ the Associated Press Story

GO BEHIND THE SCENES with Michael Maglaras

HEAR Michael Maglaras talk about why he recorded The Song of Hiawatha

A LITTLE BACKGROUND: In 2007, 217 Records released a limited edition 5-CD recording of The Song of Hiawatha to mark the Bicentennial of American master poet Henry Wadsworth Longfellow. Accompanied by a soundtrack of Native American drums, flutes, vocals, and a host of sound effects, Michael Maglaras brings the story of Hiawatha (more than 6,500 lines) to life for a modern audience.

April 10: Visible Silence to air on MPBN Televsion

(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 Saturday, April 10 at 11:00am.

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. Read more at this link.

Monday, March 22, 2010

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

New screening date added: 217 Films' "John Marin: Let the Paint be Paint!" will screen at the National Gallery of Art in Washington on July 3. Filmmakers Michael Maglaras and Terri Templeton will introduce the film. More details coming soon.

Sunday, March 21, 2010

Great Day in Gloucester














217 Films' new documentary "John Marin: Let the Paint be Paint!" made its Massachusetts premiere today at the Cape Ann Community Cinema in Gloucester, Massachusetts.

Filmmakers Michael Maglaras and Terri Templeton introduced the film and took questions following the screening.

This truly one of a kind cinema is run by Robert Newton. Read a recent Boston Globe article about the cinema at this link.

Check out photos from the screening at this link.

Thursday, March 18, 2010

Gloucester Daily Times: Marin and modernism on film





Marin and modernism on film
March 18, 2010
Gail McCarthy

A new film about the master of American modern art, John Marin (1870-1953), will have its Massachusetts premiere in Gloucester on Sunday at Cape Ann Community Cinema.

"What we know about modern art, abstractionism, and the direction that art has gone since the 1950s, we know because John Marin was the father of it all," said Michael Maglaras, an independent filmmaker who with Terri Templeton produced the new documentary "John Marin: Let the Paint be Paint."

A 1948 poll by Look magazine, museum directors, curators and artists voted Marin the foremost painter in America, noted Maglaras. The artist has more than 4,000 recorded works, some of which sell for millions of dollars.

Maglaras came to Gloucester last year when he unveiled a film about American artist Marsden Hartley to a packed house. The Marin film debut here is at the start of the national tour. He has presented the new film to two sold-out houses in Portland, Maine.














This is the first full-length documentary about Marin, said Maglaras. "This film tells the story of one of the most important artistic figures of the first half of the 20th century, and the undisputed father of American Modernism."

CLICK HERE to read the rest of the article.

Tuesday, March 16, 2010

Massachusetts Premiere -- John Marin: Let the Paint be Paint!

Don't miss 217 Films' new documentary "John Marin: Let the Paint be Paint!" at the Cape Ann Community Cinema in Gloucester, Massachusetts. Filmmakers Michael Maglaras and Terri Templeton will introduce the film and take questions following the screening.

WHAT: "John Marin: Let the Paint be Paint!"
2009. Not rated. 110 minutes.


WHEN:
THIS Sunday, March 21, 2010 at 2:00pm

WHERE: Cape Ann Community Cinema
21 Main Street - 2nd Floor
Gloucester, MA 01930
978-309-8448
www.massbayfilmproject.org

TICKETS: $9 Adults / $7.50 Seniors / $6 Members

WHY: "John Marin: Let the Paint be Paint!" tells the story of one of the most important 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 tells the story of 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, he established himself as one of the preeminent masters of American art. Written, narrated, and directed by Michael Maglaras of 217 Films. Terri Templeton is executive producer.

Monday, March 15, 2010

"The Song of Hiawatha" and the Artist as Hero

Follow this link to read Michael Maglaras’s view on performing The Song of Hiawatha. A behind-the-scenes look at interpreting Longfellow’s masterpiece.

On April 18, 2010 Michael Maglaras will perform a dramatic reading of this poem for the Longfellow Big Read. More information at this link.

Sunday, March 7, 2010

Michael Maglaras talks about recording "The Song of Hiawatha"

In this short video clip, Michael Maglaras of 217 Records talks about recording Henry Wadsworth Longfellow's epic poem The Song of Hiawatha.

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In honor of the Longfellow Bicentennial, in 2007 217 Records released a limited edition 5-CD recording of this epic poem, read by Michael Maglaras and complete with a soundtrack of Native American drums, flutes, vocals, and a host of sound effects. Read the Associated Press story at this link.

Hear Michael Maglaras read Longfellow's "Paul Revere's Ride"

On April 18, 2010 Michael Maglaras of 217 Records will perform Henry Wadsworth Longfellow’s Paul Revere’s Ride, commemorating the significance of the 18th of April and the 150th anniversary of the publishing of this poem. This reading will be performed at the Longfellow Big Read in Sudbury, Massachusetts as a special encore following Michael's dramatic reading of excerpts from The Song of Hiawatha. Follow this link for more information about his performance.


Listen to Michael Maglaras read Paul Revere's Ride here:

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Thursday, March 4, 2010

Great article about a great cinema

Be sure to check out this Boston Globe article about Cape Ann Community Cinema in Gloucester, Massachusetts where "John Marin: Let the Paint be Paint!" will screen on March 21 at 2:00pm. More details about the screening at this link.

Close-up and personal
Cinema offers a congenial movie experience
By James Sullivan
Globe Correspondent / February 21, 2010

Before showtimes at the Cape Ann Community Cinema, proprietor Robert Newton cues up a digital slide show of his late grandfather’s collection of vintage Gloucester postcards.

“He was obsessed,’’ Newton says. The 40-year-old film fanatic, who opened his idiosyncratic theater last July, might say the same about himself.

As the one-man show behind an enterprise he calls the Mass Bay Film Project, he is the curator, floor manager, and, on most nights, the ticket taker at the North Shore’s newest, least conventional movie house. He even makes the popcorn.

The Gloucester cinema, his labor of love, is...CONTINUE READING