Monday, September 22, 2014

The Arts of the WPA

Shooting is nearly complete and rough editing has begun for our new film "Enough to Live On: The Arts of the WPA."  This photo is from our shoot this summer in Portland, Maine.  Read all about the remarkable man we interviewed at this link.

"Enough to Live On: The Arts of the WPA" will premiere in 2015 and dates are filling up fast for screenings.

We will show this film at the New Britain Museum of American Art on May 14, 2015 and at the Smithsonian American Art Museum on June 17, 2015.  Keep your eye on our screening schedule at this link.  New dates will be added frequently.  

Don't miss your chance to see our current film "The Great Confusion: The 1913 Armory Show" in Falmouth, Virginia next month.  Full details at this link.

For those who have been watching "The Roosevelts" on PBS, you'll particularly enjoy the cameo of Teddy Roosevelt in this film.  You can catch Teddy in this excerpt from "The Great Confusion" at this link.

A recent review in The Dartmouth said of “The Great Confusion” that “Michael Maglaras...brought the drama of the original show back to life.” Mike Holtzclaw said in the Daily Press, “For anyone who enjoys art, this is an eye opening film.”

Friday, September 19, 2014

Filmmaker Terri Templeton to Introduce Screening in Falmouth, Virginia

Executive Producer, Terri Templeton on location.
On March 4, 1913 Teddy Roosevelt labelled cubism "repellent."  On October 26 at Gari Melchers Home and Studio, a new film will help you decide for yourself.  

217 Films' new documentary "The Great Confusion: The 1913 Armory Show" has been screening to standing room only audiences since it premiered a year ago.  

Don't miss your chance to see this film for free in Falmouth, Virginia on Sunday, October 26 at 2:00pm.  

Filmmaker Terri Templeton will be in attendance to introduce the film and answer questions following the screening.

Visit for more information.

Thursday, September 4, 2014

Virginia Film Tour Continues: "The Great Confusion: The 1913 Armory Show"

"For anyone who enjoys art, this is an eye-opening film.
~ Mike Holtzclaw, Daily Press

Last night, "The Great Confusion: The 1913 Armory Show" screened to a full house at Naro Cinema in Norfolk, Virginia's historic downtown Ghent.

The next stop for this film is October 26 at Gari Melchers Home & Studio at Belmont in Falmouth, Virginia at the University of Mary Washington.  After that, this film travels to Des Moines.

New screening dates are being added frequently.  View the full screening schedule at this link.

The Naro Cinema is a true gem and plans are in the works to screen 217 Films' forthcoming documentary "Enough to Live On: The Arts of the WPA" there next summer.  Read more about that film at this link.

Filmgoers lining up to buy tickets at Naro Cinema.

Director Michael Maglaras and Executive Producer Terri Templeton.

Filmmaker Michael Maglaras introduces the film.

Monday, September 1, 2014

Film Looks at Modern Art That Caused a Stir in 1913

The Virginian-Pilot
© September 1, 2014
What: Screening of documentary “The Great Confusion: The 1913 Armory Show”
Where: Naro Expanded Cinema, 1507 Colley Ave., Norfolk
When: 7:15 p.m. Wednesday
Cost: $9 adults, $7 seniors
More info: 757-625-6276,    
A vast art exhibition in downtown Manhattan just over a century ago launched modern art in the United States.
It went over like an exploding bottle rocket.
Neither the public nor the art critics were easily swayed to accept the new direction in painting and sculpture that had begun in Europe. President Theodore Roosevelt denounced the artwork as “repellent.”
The artists had shocking styles, but none more so than Marcel Duchamp. Of the thousands who attended that monthlong show in Manhattan, many expressed disgust regarding the French artist’s 1912 painting “Nude Descending a Staircase (No. 2).”
The story of this most pivotal of art exhibitions is the subject of a documentary to be screened at 7:15 p.m. Wednesday at the Naro Expanded Cinema. “The Great Confusion: The 1913 Armory Show” was created by Connecticut-based independent filmmakers Michael Maglaras and Terri Templeton, who will introduce the feature-length film at the Naro.

The film recently was shown at the Smithsonian American Art Museum and at the National Gallery of Art, both in Washington.
The film’s creators attempted to re-create the experience of the show, including visuals that provide the layout of the 1,300-plus artworks.
Maglaras told the American Art Museum: “Everything in Gallery I, where most of the Cubist work was hung (it was called by the press the ‘Chamber of Horrors’) caused an immediate controversy.”
Cubistic art looks like real life fractured and somewhat flattened into geometric forms, often cubes.
“From the standpoint of sheer geography, Gallery I was hidden away in the upper left-hand corner of the armory space,” Maglaras said, “and if you had been strolling through the galleries in no particular order, coming upon the contents of that gallery would have taken you completely by surprise.”
His painting resembles a time-lapse photograph of a barely recognizable, robotic-looking figure walking down stairs. It evokes a type of photo that was more a study of movement than a purposely aesthetic image.
Duchamp’s painting was bought for $300 by a San Francisco dealer. Today, it’s a great modern treasure in the collection of the Philadelphia Museum of Art.
Teresa Annas, 757-446-2485,     

Image credit:  “Man on a Balcony (Portrait of Dr. Théo Morinaud)” is a 1912 Cubist painting by Albert Gleizes from the Louise and Walter Arensberg Collection at the Philadelphia Museum of Art. (Courtesy photo | 217 Films)