Monday, November 19, 2012

Lynd Ward Documentary Makes New Jersey Premiere

Wednesday, December 5

Zimmerli Art Museum at Rutgers University
71 Hamilton Street
New Brunswick, New Jersey

Filmmaker Michael Maglaras hosts a screening of his documentary “O Brother Man: The Art and Life of Lynd Ward.” The evening also includes a guided tour of “Lynd Ward Draws Stories” and the Zimmerli's annual holiday cookie decorating celebration. Seasonal specials in the Museum Store and complimentary light refreshments are also available. FREE to Rutgers students, faculty, staff, and Zimmerli members (with valid ID). $6 general admission.  FMI follow this link.  

Thursday, November 15, 2012

Minnesota Premiere of Lynd Ward Documentary by 217 Films


217 Films

CONTACT: Tami Kennedy | 207-838-0816 | 

Minnesota premiere of new film highlights work of graphic novel pioneer: 217 Films’ documentary on Lynd Ward to screen at Minnesota Center for Book Arts

Minneapolis, Minnesota (November 15, 2012) – Lynd Ward is the father of the American graphic novel and one of the most prolific book illustrators and printmakers in the history of American art. The Minnesota premiere of 217 Films’ new documentary “O Brother Man: The Art and Life of Lynd Ward” will be held Friday, December 7 at 6:30pm. Co-sponsored by Minnesota Center for Book Arts, the screening will take place in the Open Book Target Performance Hall in downtown Minneapolis (1011 Washington Ave. S.). This screening will be introduced by filmmaker Michael Maglaras. Admission is free.

 Featuring more than 150 wood engravings, drawings, and illustrations by this seminal American artist and storyteller, this 90-minute film brings the creativity of Ward to life and illustrates his mastery of the “novel without words.” “O Brother Man: The Art and Life of Lynd Ward” includes recently rediscovered footage of Ward at work filmed in 1937 as he completed his great masterpiece “Vertigo.” Ward’s work chronicles American life in the 20th-century, and demonstrates his deep personal commitment to social justice and the plight of the workingman during the depths of the Great Depression.

This film has been called “Magnificent” (Judith Regan, Sirius XM Radio) and “Stunning” (David Berona, author of “Wordless Books”). The Providence Public Library noted this is a “Mesmerizing film that appeals to a widely diverse audience of artists and illustrators, readers, American social history buffs, book collectors, and those who welcome an unexpected wave of nostalgia for the books of their youthful reading.”

Clips from the film can be viewed at this link.

  More about Lynd Ward: Ward (1905-1985) illustrated more than 200 books and was among the foremost graphic book artists of 20th-century America. His books, prints, and artwork are held by major museums and libraries worldwide. His stories without words, such as "Song Without Words: A Book of Engravings on Wood" (1930), are precursors to the modern graphic novel and are acknowledged masterpieces of that genre. Between 1929 and 1937, Ward produced six of these books, where the storyline was told entirely through wood engravings. A special two-volume edition of these works was recently released by The Library of America.

More about 217 Films: 217 Films is an independent film company founded by Michael Maglaras. Terri Templeton is executive producer. The Sacramento Bee called Maglaras a filmmaker of "Bergman-like gravitas." His work has been described as "virtuoso filmmaking" (National Gallery of Art), "alive and fresh" (Art New England) and "elegiac and insightful" (Naples Daily News).

More about Minnesota Center for Book Arts (MCBA): As the largest and most comprehensive center of its kind in the nation, Minnesota Center for Book Arts celebrates the book as a vibrant contemporary art form that takes many shapes. From the traditional crafts of papermaking, letterpress printing and hand bookbinding, to experimental artmaking and self-publishing techniques, MCBA supports the limitless creative evolution of book arts through book arts workshops and programming for adults, youth, families, K-12 students and teachers. MCBA is located in the Open Book building in downtown Minneapolis, alongside literary non-profit partners Milkweed Editions and The Loft Literary Center.

WHAT: Minnesota premiere screening of 217 Films’ new documentary: “O Brother Man: The Art and Life of Lynd Ward.” Introduced by filmmaker Michael Maglaras.

WHEN: Friday, December 7, 2012 at 6:30pm

WHERE: Open Book Target Performance Hall 1011 Washington Ave. S. Minneapolis, MN 55415

COST: Admission is free.

FMI: Tracy Doreen Dietzel | 612-215-2528 |


Monday, November 12, 2012

New Film on 1913 Armory Show Announced


217 Films

Tami Kennedy | 207-838-0816 |

New film highlights the centenary celebration of the 1913 Armory Show:  The exhibition that changed the face of art in America

ASHFORD, CONNECTICUT (November 13, 2012) – Connecticut-based independent film makers Michael Maglaras and Terri Templeton of 217 Films announce that their new film project -- their fifth film since 2005 -- will celebrate the International Exhibition of Modern Art, known as the 1913 Armory Show where many Americans had their first introduction to art that did not look like anything they had ever seen or ever expected to see.

The film will be titled The Great Confusion: The 1913 Armory Show” and is scheduled for release in November 2013.

From February 15 until March 15, 1913, Americans pushed their way through the doors of an armory on the east side of New York City to confront “Modern Art” for the first time.  What they saw would annoy and infuriate some, and captivate, delight, and inspire many. What resulted from this four weeks of mass exposure to European artists such as Cezanne, Renoir, and Van Gogh, and to such Americans as Marsden Hartley, John Marin, and Charles Sheeler, changed how Americans came to understand their own times.  By entering through the doors of an armory, they entered through the doors of Modernism.

The most controversial work in this show was Marcel Duchamp’s “Nude Descending a Staircase, No. 2” which was famously derided by President Theodore Roosevelt in an essay written and published for the 1913 Armory Show. Julian Street, the art critic, likened Duchamp’s seminal work to “an explosion in a shingle factory.”

The Great Confusion:  The 1913 Armory Show” will probe deeply into the history of how the show was organized, examine the critical organizational efforts of American artists such as Arthur B. Davies, Walter Pach, and Walt Kuhn, and will explore the impact that the show had on emerging artists, film makers, and writers who embraced the challenges to our perceptions of reality that they saw in 1913 and translated this new way of seeing into works honoring the creative spirit, which have changed the way that all of us answer the question, “What is art?”

More about 217 Films:  217 Films is an independent film company devoted to the American artistic experience.  In 2005, Michael Maglaras and Terri Templeton released their first film “Cleophas and His Own” about the American painter Marsden Hartley's epic narrative of love and loss. Maglaras both directed and played the role of Hartley in this film.  In 2008, they released a second film about Hartley called “Visible Silence:  Marsden Hartley, Painter and Poet” – the first-ever documentary on the life of Hartley. In 2010, with their film “John Marin: Let the Paint be Paint!” they established, through the first full-length documentary on this important painter, that John Marin was one of the fathers of American Modernism. All three films, among other distinctions, have been shown to acclaim at the National Gallery of Art in Washington, D.C. Their most recent film, “O Brother Man: The Art and Life of Lynd Ward” was released in 2012 and is currently on tour across the United States.

 The Sacramento Bee called Michael Maglaras a film maker of “Bergman-like gravitas.” His films have been described as “virtuoso filmmaking” (National Gallery of Art) “alive and fresh” (Art New England) and “elegiac and insightful” (Naples Daily News).  David Berona, author of “Wordless Books” has said of “O Brother Man” “This film is stunning.”

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