Friday, October 30, 2015

Key West's The Blue Paper Reviews New Film on WPA Art

“Enough To Live On: The Arts of the WPA...is a lovingly crafted, historically significant work of art in its own right....a wonderful celebration of America, her people and her possibilities." 
~ Alex Symington, Key West, The Blue Paper  


I recently watched a first-rate documentary about Franklin Delano Roosevelt, the Crash of ’29 and the inception and successful creation of the Works Progress Administration, better know as the WPA. “Enough To Live On: The Arts of the WPA” written, directed and narrated by Michael Maglaras and partner Terri Templeton is a lovingly crafted, historically significant work of art in its own right. Most Americans are aware of the ambitious effort by our federal government to employ Americans during the Great Depression of the 1930’s, however “Enough to Live On” takes us a bit further into the role art played in our recovery as a nation and makes clear the essential nature of art for a society/culture to maintain intellectual curiosity and a political vibrancy. Suffering staggering unemployment with a national population a little more than a third of what it is today and with 1300 bank failures by 1931 and more failing every day, the future was decidedly bleak.  Continue reading the article at this link.

Thursday, October 22, 2015

“Enough to Live On: The Arts of the WPA” to screen at the United States Capitol















Under the sponsorship of Jane Chu, Chairman of the National Endowment for the Arts and Connecticut Congressman Joe Courtney, excerpts from Enough to Live On: The Arts of theWPA” will screen at the U.S. Capitol Visitor Center on October 29, 2015 at 5:00 PM.

“We are grateful to Congressman Courtney and Chairman Chu for the invitation to screen selected excerpts from our film,” said Director Michael Maglaras, “and particularly happy to screen these excerpts before members of Congress, the Senate, and their staff members.”

Michael Maglaras will also participate in a panel discussion between the scheduled excerpts with Wendy Clark of the National Endowment and Kathy Erickson of the General Services Administration.

Tuesday, October 20, 2015

WPA Film and Talk at Virginia Museum of Fine Arts


Michael Maglaras and Terri Templeton, who presented their film, The Great Confusion: The 1913 Armory Show, at the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts in 2014, return to the museum with a new documentary celebrating the 80th anniversary of the Federal Art Project:  Enough to Live On: The Arts of the WPA.  Launched by the Works Progress Administration in 1935, this New Deal program funded visual arts projects across America and put thousands of creative people to work at the height of the Great Depression.

Featuring more than 70 high-definition works of art from the period as well as rare footage of WPA artists at work, this film tells the story of how Franklin D. Roosevelt and the New Deal used the arts to send a message of hope and recovery to the American people as the country dug its way out of the economic crisis.

This event complements The Likeness of Labor, a special exhibition on view in the Photography Gallery through Apr 10. 


FILM
Enough to Live On: The Arts of the WPA
(2015, 94 min., 217 Films)

TALK
With director Michael Maglaras and Terri Templeton

Fri, Oct 30 | 6:30–9 pm
Virginia Museum of Fine Arts

Leslie Cheek Theater
200 N Boulevard
Richmond, Virginia
$8 (VMFA members $5)
To Reserve Tickets:  804.340.1405 or http://vmfa.museum/programs/adults/films/ 


Friday, October 16, 2015

Films on the art of Lynd Ward and the WPA Come to South Bend

It's been a while since we toured with our 2012 documentary "O Brother Man: The Art and Life of Lynd Ward."  Ward is the father of the American graphic novel and one of the most prolific book illustrators and printmakers in the history of American art.

On Saturday, October 24 this film will screen at the South Bend Museum of Art.   The next day, our new film "Enough to Live On: The Arts of the WPA" will also screen at the museum.  We'll be there to introduce both films and take questions following the screenings.

These films are being shown in conjunction with the special exhibit WPA Prints: The Amity Arts Foundation Collection.


Tuesday, October 13, 2015

Remarkable Photography Process Captures Carl Peters Murals in Rochester

We're proud to be a part of the Memorial Art Gallery of the University of Rochester's day-long symposium this Sunday with the screening of our our new film "Enough to Live On: The Arts of the WPA." 

This screening is part of the new exhibit Art for the People: Carl W. Peters and the Rochester WPA Murals.

217 Films collaborated with the Memorial Art Gallery to photograph and digitize two historic murals painted by Peters. “Life of Action” and “Life of Contemplation” are showcased in this new film, which includes not only the finished works but also some of the sketches Peters created as his ideas were formed for these important works. 

Footage from the film featuring these murals and the remarkable photography process used to capture them can be viewed at this link.  



New Film on the Arts of the WPA Creates Buzz in Portland, Maine

Film lovers and fans of WPA art turned out in full force in Portland, Maine last week for a special showing of "Enough to Live On: The Arts of the WPA."  This screening raised funds for Goodwill Industries of Northern New England.

Read more about this film in The Forecaster and listen to a public radio interview on MPBN at this link.



Follow this link to watch an interview on WCSH6 "207" with filmmaker Michael Maglaras and Anna Eleanor Roosevelt, CEO of Goodwill Industries Northern New England.

Next stops for this film include Rochester, New York; Key West, Florida; South Bend, Indiana; and Richmond, Virginia.  View the full screening schedule at this link.  Can't make it to a screening?  Order this film on DVD at this link.

Friday, October 2, 2015

WPA Documentary Screens in Rochester, New York

New Documentary on the Arts of the WPA Features Rochester Murals:  Remarkable Photography Process Captures These Historic Depression Era Works

On Sunday, October 18, independent filmmakers Michael Maglaras and Terri Templeton of 217 Films return to Rochester with the New York premiere of their new film “Enough to Live On: The Arts of the WPA” celebrating the 80th anniversary of the Works Progress Administration.

“Enough to Live On” will screen at 3:00pm at the Memorial Art Gallery of the University of Rochester.  This screening is part of the new exhibit Artfor the People: Carl W. Peters and the Rochester WPA Murals.

217 Films collaborated with the Memorial Art Gallery to photograph and digitize two historic Rochester WPA murals painted by Peters. “Life of Action” and “Life of Contemplation” are showcased in this new film, which includes not only the finished works but also some of the sketches Peters created as his ideas were formed for these important works. 

Footage from the film featuring these murals and the remarkable photography process used to capture them can be viewed at this link.  

“I was determined to use these magnificent examples of the art of the WPA era in this new film, but we encountered a serious challenge,” said Michael Maglaras, the film’s writer and director. “These murals are preserved behind glass, and we thought would be impossible to photograph. We joint-ventured with the Memorial Art Gallery to hire the Rochester photography firm Fotowerks, who painstakingly lit and photographed every inch of these murals for us through the protective glass. The result was quite simply that they achieved the impossible...as you will see on screen.”

In addition to the Peters’ murals, “Enough to Live On” features more than 70 works of art from the Great Depression, 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.  

WHAT:  Enough to Live On:  The Arts of the WPA”
Director Michael Maglaras will introduce the film. 

WHEN:  Sunday, October 18 at 3:00 pm

500 University Ave., Rochester, New York
TEL:  585-276-8900

COST:  Included with museum admission

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