Friday, April 25, 2014

New Britain Herald Interviews Film Maker Michael Maglaras

Thursday, April 24, 2014 2:38 PM EDT

NEW BRITAIN — Michael Maglaras admits he’s an old-fashioned film maker.

  “I like to tour with my films,” says Maglaras, 63. “I will never get tired of touring, of greeting people at the door, of hanging around afterwards for the question-and-answer sessions.” Maglaras and his wife, fellow filmmaker, Terri Templeton, will be on hand tonight (Thursday) for a Q&A session following their film, “The Great Confusion: the 1913 Armory Show” at the New Britain Museum of American Art. 
Speaking by phone, Maglaras, who wrote, directed and narrated the film, says it became clear to him that America was entering the 20th century —  its greatest century of achievement as a nation. “It [marked] the beginning of our preeminence on the world stage and achievement, certainly in politics, culture and art.”

Though Maglaras is quick to point out that making films is extremely demanding and labor intensive, he says that he and his wife enjoy it much and “are committed to the idea that our public understands the importance of American art of the 20th century.” Their films include “O Brother Man: The Art and Life of Lynd Ward” about the “father” of the American graphic novel and “Let the Paint be Paint” about the painter, John Marin.
The Sacramento Bee calls Maglaras a filmmaker of “Bergman-like gravitas.” His five films have been described as “virtuoso filmmaking” (National Gallery of Art), “alive and fresh” (Art New England), “elegiac and insightful” (Naples Daily News), and “unforgettable” (Journal of American History). David Berona, author of “Wordless Books” says of “O Brother Man” “This film is stunning,” and Judith Regan of Sirius XM calls it “magnificent.”

In 2012, Maglaras and his wife realized that February, 2013 was the 100th anniversary of the most important art show in America, and a film about its artistic controversy was needed. Together, he and Templeton worked with the Archives of American Art in Washington, DC.

“We put this film together in eleven months so we could get it out in time for the anniversary of the art show,” he said.

When NBMAA’s Director Douglas Hyland heard about their project he was thrilled.

“He’s a man of wide-ranging enthusiasm,” Maglaras said of Hyland. “He embraces good stuff, and is open to change. When I told him we were making the film he slapped me on the back and said, ‘Let’s show it in New Britain.’”

“Michael is a genius,” says Hyland. “He literally assumes the personality of the person he portrays and in his own way resurrects the person in the most amazing fashion. You come away with new insights and a full appreciation of his subjects.”

Both Maglaras and his wife will be present tonight and look forward to meeting their viewers.

Hyland is looking forward to seeing the couple again.

“Together they are the most creative couple I have met in Connecticut,” he says.

But, Maglaras’ mind may already be on his next project. Titled “Enough to Live On: The Art of the WPA” the film will celebrate the 80th anniversary of the Federal Art Project under Franklin Delano Roosevelt’s New Deal. And, if you believe Maglaras, his next film is always his best.

“With every film I strive to be a better storyteller, a better filmmaker,” he says. “I can take beautiful images and throw them up on the screen and leave you to your own devices. But, I’m not going to pay you back much of a dividend if you leave your comfortable home and there’s no underlying story.”

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Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Providence Public Library to Screen "The Great Confusion: The 1913 Armory Show"

WHAT:  Rhode Island premiere of 217 Films’ The Great Confusion:  The 1913 Armory Show.”

Producer Terri Templeton will be in attendance and introduce the screening. 

WHEN:  Sunday, May 11, 2014 at 2:00pm
150 Empire St.
Providence, Rhode Island
TEL:  401-455-8134

Directions and information at this link.  

COST:  Free and open to the public

More About the Film:  The Great Confusion:  The 1913 Armory Show” features works by more than 60 American and European painters and sculptors.  The film probes deeply into the history of how the show was organized; examines the critical efforts of American artists such as Arthur B. Davies, Walter Pach, and Walt Kuhn; and explores the impact that the show had on collectors of art as well as ordinary citizens.

Tuesday, April 22, 2014

May 5: 1913 Armory Show Film at Bryn Mawr Film Institute

This photo from Bryn Mawr Institute's Facebook page was taken by Buck Sleuman of Hunt and Release Photography.   
Connecticut-based independent filmmakers Michael Maglaras and Terri Templeton of 217 Films will screen their latest film “The Great Confusion: The 1913 Armory Show” at the Bryn Mawr Film Institute in Bryn Mawr, Pennsylvania.  Read the full press release at this link.

(Special note for film lovers:  The grand reopening of this landmark theatre is this Sunday, April 27.  Read all about the amazing work this theatre has done at this link.) 

WHAT:  Pennsylvania premiere of 217 Films’ “The Great Confusion:  The 1913 Armory Show.” The filmmakers will be in attendance and introduce the screening.   

WHEN:  Monday, May 5, 2014 at 7:00pm
WHERE:  Bryn Mawr Film Institute
824 West Lancaster Ave.
Bryn Mawr, Pennsylvania
TEL:  610-527-9898

COST: General Admission: $12.00
Seniors (65+): $9.00
Students with valid I.D./Children Under 18: $8.00
BMFI members: $6.50
Tickets at this link 

Friday, April 18, 2014

Michael Maglaras interviewed on FoxCT Morning Show

Michael Maglaras: Filmmaker Michael Maglaras joined the FoxCT Morning show to talk about his latest documentary "The Great Confusion: The 1913 Armory Show" and the upcoming screening at the New Britain Museum of American Art.

April 24, 2014
"The Great Confusion: The 1913 Armory Show"
Special Encore Screening!
New Britain, Connecticut

Saturday, April 12, 2014

Art is Alive in Richmond, Virginia

Last night, 300 art lovers turned out in Richmond, Virginia for a special James River Film Festival screening of "The Great Confusion:  The 1913 Armory Show" hosted by the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts.   

The arts are alive and strong in Richmond! We look forward to returning next year to screen "Enough to Live On: The Art of the WPA." If you have never visited this incredible museum, put it on your bucket list. It is not to be missed.

View the photos from the evening on our Facebook page.  

Thursday, April 10, 2014

Armory Show Film Returns to the NBMAA

Our new film "The Great Confusion:  The 1913 Armory Show" returns to the New Britain Museum of American Art on Thursday, April 24 at 5:30pm.  Read all about it in The Bristol Press at this link.

Don't miss our screening tomorrow (Friday, April 11) at the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts.  More information at this link.

The full screening schedule for this film can be found at this link.

Monday, April 7, 2014

Screening Dates for "The Great Confusion: The 1913 Armory Show"

Spring and Summer Screening Dates for “The Great Confusion:  The 1913 Armory Show”

The next screening of  217 Films' The Great Confusion:  The1913 Armory Show” will be held Friday, April 11 at the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts in Richmond, Virginia as part of the James River Film Festival.  Tickets can be purchased at this link.  

The full screening schedule for this film can be viewed at this link.  

A recent review of “The Great Confusion: The 1913 Armory Show” in The Dartmouth said that “Michael Maglaras...brought the drama of the original show back to life.” Critic Hobart Cornell stated “The film…is as close to attending the exhibition as one can get.” 

Upcoming screenings include:

April 11, 2014 -- 6:30pm
Richmond, Virginia

April 24, 2014 -- 5:30pm
Special Encore Screening!
New Britain Museum of American Art -- New Britain, Connecticut

May 5, 2014 -- 7:00pm
Bryn Mawr Film Institute -- Bryn Mawr, Pennsylvania

May 11, 2014 -- 2:00pm
Providence Public Library -- Providence, Rhode Island

July 16, 2014 -- 6:30pm
Smithsonian American Art Museum -- Washington, D.C.

August 2, 2014 -- 3:00pm
National Gallery of Art -- Washington, D.C.

New dates are being added frequently and this film tour will continue through 2014.

Wednesday, April 2, 2014

VMFA Blog: Ladies and Gentlemen…The Avant-Garde

"The film is complete with back story, the principal organizers and their efforts, high definition images of 60 works, and is as close to attending the exhibition as one can get." ~ Hobart Cornell, Critic-at-large      

In winter, 1913, The International Exhibition of Modern Art, better known as The Armory Show, opened in New York City.  It was fully loaded with over 1300 modern artworks by more than 300 artists from Europe and America.  Mere style and technique would challenge the sensibilities of the norm and spur a sea change in U.S. art and culture. 
On Friday, April 11, at 6:30 pm, VMFA and the James River Film Festival will present the Virginia Premiere of the documentary The Great Confusion: The 1913 Armory Show (2013; 84 min.)....  

Continue reading Hobart Cornell's write up at this link.