Saturday, May 29, 2010

New Britain Museum of American Art: Connecticut Premiere

On May 27, 2010, Michael Maglaras and Terri Templeton of 217 Films screened their new documentary John Marin: Let the Paint be Paint! at the New Britain Museum of American Art. This red carpet gala marked the Connecticut premiere of this new film.

View photos from the event at this link.



Tuesday, May 25, 2010

Hartford Courant - Interview with Michael Maglaras

Follow this link to read Hartford Courant film critic Susan Dunne's behind the scenes interview with Connecticut filmmaker Michael Maglaras about his new film John Marin: Let the Paint be Paint which screens at the New Britain Museum of American Art this Thursday, May 27.


A Film Salute To John Marin
Documentary by Michael Maglaras Of Ashford Will Be Screened At New Britain Museum Thursday


By SUSAN DUNNE, sdunne@courant.com
May 25, 2010

When we last checked in with Michael Maglaras, in March 2007, he was at the New Britain Museum of American Art, presenting his documentary about American modernist painter Marsden Hartley. That film, "Cleophas and His Own," was the culmination of a years-long obsession Maglaras had with Hartley, a fixation that resulted in a second documentary.

Today, the Ashford filmmaker — who has a production company, 217 Films, with his wife, Terri Templeton — has found a new artistic soul mate. On Thursday, also at NBMAA, Maglaras will present his new documentary about another modernist: " John Marin: Let the Paint Be Paint!"

Modernist painters are a labor of love for Maglaras, 60, who in his "day job" is a risk-management consultant. He sat down to discuss his affection for this style and this artist:

Q. Where does the title of your film come from?

A. This is actually a quotation from a letter that John Marin wrote to Alfred Stieglitz.

Q. You were focused on Marsden Hartley for many years. What is it about John Marin that finally lured away your attention?

A. I am particularly interested in American modernism and in the kind of work that was done in what I consider to be America's "golden age,"...CLICK HERE to continue reading.

Tuesday, May 4, 2010

May 27: New Britain Museum of American Art

Special Red Carpet Event
Connecticut Premiere

Thursday, May 27, 5:30pm
By reservation only

John Marin: Let the Paint be Paint!
A new film by Michael Maglaras

Ashford, Connecticut-based filmmakers Michael Maglaras and Terri Templeton of 217 Films will debut their new documentary John Marin: Let the Paint be Paint! at the New Britain Museum of American Art.

Guests will indulge in extravagent sweets and savories and then preview the Marin documentary, the first full-length documentary about the father of American Modernism.

5:30 -- Cocktails
6:15 -- Opening remarks
6:30 -- Film begins

Reservations required, limited seating, tickets are $20 per person, contact Heather Whitehouse at (860) 229-0257, ext. 203 or at whitehouseh@nbmaa.org .

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 the Marin estate 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. 2009. Not rated. (95 min.)

NOTE: Encore screening Wednesday, June 9 at 1:00pm. FMI contact Heather Whitehouse at (860) 229-0257, ext. 203 or at whitehouseh@nbmaa.org .