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

Friday, September 11, 2015

Maine Film Premiere -- Enough to Live On: The Arts of the WPA

On Thursday, October 8, independent filmmakers Michael Maglaras and Terri Templeton of 217 Films return to Portland with the Maine premiere of their new film “Enough to Live On:The Arts of the WPA” celebrating the 80th anniversary of this epic undertaking…a celebration of President Franklin Roosevelt’s idea that the arts in America could be a way in which the spirit of a people could be rebuilt.   



“Goodwill is proud to be the recipient of support from this film screening,remarked Anna Eleanor Roosevelt, President & CEO of Goodwill Industries of Northern New England. “The artists who took part in the WPA played important cultural roles in their communities through their work. They showed the dignity and power that all work holds in our lives – much like Goodwill’s mission today.”


“We have screened all our films in Portland,” said Michael Maglaras, who is the film’s director, writer, and narrator. “But this Portland screening, in support of Goodwill, is an important one for me. What Goodwill stands for is the idea that each person has the ability to make a difference; each person’s life and work brings value to our society. These beliefs are truly a modern-day version of the idea fostered by Franklin Roosevelt 80 years ago…that everyone’s shoulder needs to be at the wheel if our society is to succeed.”

Excerpts from the film can be viewed at this link

WHAT:  
Screening of 217 Films’ “Enough to Live On:  The Arts of the WPA”
All proceeds benefit Goodwill Industries of Northern New England. 
Director Michael Maglaras will introduce the film. 

WHEN:
Thursday, October 8
Reception:  6:30pm
Screening:  7:00pm

WHERE:
University of Southern Maine
Abromson Community Education Center
Hannaford Hall
88 Bedford St., Portland
Free parking in the adjacent USM Parking Garage. Directions

FMI:
Ken Christian
Goodwill Industries of Northern New England
207-774-6323   x6415

COST:
$10 in advance, $15 at the door
Tickets can be purchased online HERE.

The next stops for this film are Rochester, New York and South Bend, Indiana.  Screening dates are being added frequently and the tour will continue through 2016.  The full schedule can be viewed at this link.  

Thursday, September 10, 2015

Buzz is Building in the Motor City for New WPA Film

Tuesday, Sept 15
One-night-only!  

Our new film "Enough to Live On: The Arts of the WPA" will screen at Cinema Detroit.  Don't miss your chance to see it!  

View clips from the film at this link.

WHAT: “Enough to Live On: The Arts of the WPA” introduced by filmmakers Michael Maglaras and Terri Templeton of 217 Films. A Q&A will follow the screening.

WHEN:  Tuesday, September 15 at 7:00pm

WHERE:  Cinema Detroit, 3420 Cass Ave., Detroit, Michigan

TICKETS:  $9 at the door or in advance at this link

FMI:  313-281-8301

Next stops for this film are Portland, Maine; Rochester, New York; South Bend, Indiana; and Richmond, Virginia.  View the full screening schedule at this link.

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