Monday, September 28, 2015

New Documentary “Enough to Live On: The Arts of the WPA” Now Available on DVD

Independent filmmakers Michael Maglaras and Terri Templeton of 217 Films announce that their new film celebrating the 80th anniversary of the WPA is now available on DVD. 

The DVD of “Enough to Live On: The Arts of the WPA” can be purchased through Amazon at this link.  

Excerpts from the film can be viewed at this link

More About the Film:  In May 1935, as part of the great return-to-work effort known as the Works Progress Administration…the WPA…President Franklin Roosevelt brought Americans back to work in the service of the rebuilding of a society staggering under the weight of the Great Depression.

Under the arts projects of the WPA, such as the Federal Art Project and the Federal Theater Project, these workers included artists, writers, actors, and musicians…for FDR believed that creative Americans could be employed to spark the rebuilding of our economy as well as the reinvigoration of our culture at a time when the future of our democracy was in doubt.

Enough to Live On: The Arts of the WPA” features more than 70 works of art from this period, including notable works by Rockwell Kent, Dorothea Lange, Stuart Davis, and Reginald Marsh, as well as rare footage of WPA artists at work.  This film tells the story of how President Franklin Roosevelt and the New Deal moved art in America out of the rarified atmosphere of the elite and brought it directly to the American people as an inspiration and catalyst for change and recovery in the 1930s.  Produced by 217 Films.  Written, directed and narrated by Michael Maglaras.  Executive Producer Terri Templeton. NR.  94 Minutes. 

Read the director’s statement at this link.  

Screening dates are being added frequently and the tour will continue through 2016.  The full schedule can be viewed at this link