Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Emerge Film Festival Features Marsden Harley Film

Lewiston, Maine's dynamic Emerge Film Festival will take place Thursday, April 9 to Sunday, April 12.

This second annual event will kick off with a special 10th anniversary screening of 217 Films' 2005 film "Cleophas and His Own."

This film is based on Lewiston-native Marsden Hartley's epic poem of the same name and made its world premiere in Lewiston in 2005.  It was shot entirely in Maine, including scenes at Washburn Norlands Living History Center in Livermore Falls, just outside Lewiston.

This film screening will be held as a fundraiser for Emerge.  More detail will be posted soon on the festival website.

Read Daniel Hartill's Lewiston Sun Journal story at this link.

Marsden Hartley, ca. 1941.  Photo by Louise Young.  
Printed by permission of 217 Films. 

More about the film:

Cleophas and His Own:  A North Atlantic Tragedy
Written by Marsden Hartley
A Film by Michael Maglaras

Just a few days after the death of the great American Expressionist master Marsden Hartley, the typescript of his private, unpuplished narrative, Cleophas and His Own, was discovered among his belongings. Sixty-two years later, film maker Michael Maglaras turned this epic narrative into a feature-length film using more than 24 of Hartley’s paintings and drawings. This film presents Hartley (played by Maglaras) seated in his makeshift studio, where he recounts the tragic story of the fate that befell the Francis Mason family with whom he lived in Nova Scotia. The last seven years of Hartley’s life were devoted to reliving this experience, resulting in a body of work as a painter which is second to none in the American experience.  2005.  Not rated. 147 minutes. 

Thursday, November 13, 2014

The Great Confusion Comes to Peoria

One month from today, 217 Films will screen "The Great Confusion:  The 1913 Armory Show" in Peoria, Illinois.   This film will be shown on December 13 at 5:00pm at the Peoria Riverfront Museum.  Director Michael Maglaras will be in attendance to introduce the film.  

For a full list of screening dates, times and locations, follow this link.  

This film has been showing to standing room only audiences since it premiered in September 2013.  A recent review in The Dartmouth said of “The Great Confusion” that “Michael Maglaras...brought the drama of the original show back to life.”

To purchase the DVD, follow this link.