Saturday, November 4, 2017

Winston-Salem Screening of New Film on the Arts of America's Gilded Age



Director's Screening of America Rising: The Arts of the Gilded Age

Date: Thursday, December 14, 2017

Time: 6:00pm 

Location:  Reynolda House Museum of American Art, 2250 Reynolda Rd., Winston-Salem, North Carolina

Tickets: $15
View clips from the film at this link
America Rising: The Arts of the Gilded Age tells the story of the painting, sculpture, music, and literature of America’s renaissance—the tremendous outpouring of artistic endeavor that occurred between the death of Abraham Lincoln in 1865 and the death of Mark Twain in 1910. 
Using more than ninety paintings, drawings, photographs, and sculptural works by such important American artists as John Singer Sargent, Childe Hassam, Winslow Homer, Alfred Stieglitz, and Augustus Saint-Gaudens, writer/director Michael Maglaras tells the story of the rising of American society through the voices of some of its most creative spirits. 
The film includes the only known footage of Mark Twain, taken in 1909. 
Maglaras, hailed as a “virtuoso filmmaker,” will speak following the film, joined by producer Terri Templeton and Wake Forest University art historian David Lubin, whose scholarly insights feature prominently throughout the film. 
A review in Artes Magazine claimed “this film is a tour de force, offering a comprehensive, multi-layered glimpse into many moving parts of an historical period...skillfully showing us what we as Americans were capable of becoming.”

Tuesday, September 12, 2017

Norwalk Community College Movies of the Month

Independent filmmakers Michael Maglaras and Terri Templeton of Ashford, Connecticut return to Norwalk Community College to screen their new film project – their seventh in twelve years and their sixth “essay in film” – highlighting works from what Mark Twain described as “The Gilded Age.”

The film is titled America Rising: The Arts of the Gilded Age and will screen at Norwalk Community College on Thursday, October 19 at 6:30 PM as part of its Movies-of-the-Month free film series.

Clips from the film can be viewed at this link: https://vimeo.com/two17films

Featuring the only known film footage of Mark Twain, who gave “The Gilded Age” its name, America Rising tells the story of how, after the Civil War, American art and American artists came into their own on the world stage. In painting, in sculpture, in architecture, and in music, America found its artistic soul and voice in the art created during the explosion of American economic growth, which Mark Twain wrote about in his novel, “The Gilded Age: A Tale of Today.”

Using more than 90 works of art, featuring painters as diverse as Childe Hassam, Winslow Homer, Maurice Prendergast, and John Singer Sargent, and with the great public sculpture of creative geniuses such as Augustus Saint-Gaudens and his “Robert Gould Shaw Memorial” (referred to in the film by Director Maglaras as “the finest piece of memorial sculpture in America”), “America Rising creates a portrait of a country reinventing itself, after the tragic events of the Civil War, as a major artistic force. America Rising shows an America poised, through its art, to commemorate its past and invent its future.

This film has been called “mesmerizing and wondrous” by Trent Nicholas at the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts and “a brilliant, creative combination of sounds and images…a tour de force” by Richard Friswell, editor of ARTES Magazine. 

WHAT:  Screening of 217 Films’ America Rising: The Arts of the Gilded Age
Connecticut filmmakers, director Michael Maglaras and executive producer Terri Templeton, will introduce the film and take questions following the screening.

WHEN:
Thursday, October 19
6:30 PM

WHERE:
Norwalk Community College
PepsiCo Theater on NCC’s East Campus
188 Richards Ave.
Norwalk, Connecticut

COST:  Free and open to the public

About 217 Films:  217 Films is an independent film company located in Ashford, Connecticut. “America Rising: The Arts of the Gilded Age” is the seventh film by director Michael Maglaras and executive producer Terri Templeton. 

In twelve years of filmmaking, and by employing a concept which he originated – the idea of an “essay in film” – Maglaras has asked us to stop, look, appreciate and recognize the importance of our collective American cultural life through films about artists as diverse as Marsden Hartley, John Marin and Lynd Ward, and events such as the world-changing 1913 Armory Show and the arts of the American Depression. 

Maglaras and Templeton hold the distinction of having been invited to present four of their films at the National Gallery of Art in Washington, D.C. where the Director of Film, Peggy Parsons, has described their work as “virtuoso filmmaking.”

The Sacramento Bee called Maglaras a filmmaker of "Bergman-like gravitas." His films have been described as "alive and fresh" (Art New England) "elegiac and insightful" (Naples Daily News) "unforgettable" (Journal of American History) and “comparable to that of the widely acclaimed Ken Burns” (New Britain Herald).


Stage on Screen Features Film on the Arts of the Gilded Age

On Sunday, October 8th and Monday, October 9th, the Old Greenbelt Theatre in Greenbelt, Maryland will show our film America Rising: The Arts of the Gilded Age as part of its popular Stage on Screen series.  

Tickets can be purchased at this link.  

Excerpts from the film can be viewed here.

America Rising: The Arts of the Gilded Age tells the story of the painting, the sculpture, the music and the literature of America's renaissance ... the tremendous outpouring of artistic endeavor that occurred between the death of Abraham Lincoln in 1865 and the death of Mark Twain in 1910.

Employing more than 90 paintings, drawings, photographs, and sculptural works by such important America artists as John Singer Sargent, Childe Hassam, Winslow Homer, Alfred Stieglitz, and Augustus Saint-Gaudens, writer/director Michael Maglaras tells the story of the rising of American society through the voices of some of its most creative spirits.  

Michael Maglaras has been hailed as a "virtuoso filmmaker."  He founded 217 Films in 2003 with the aim of introducing a new audience to the rich history of the art of the American experience.  

You will not want to miss America Rising: The Arts of the Gilded Age...an exciting and enlightening look at America through the eyes of its most creative citizens.  

Tuesday, July 11, 2017

Gilded Age Artists on the Big Screen in Des Moines



On Thursday, September 7th, we're bringing our new film on the arts of the Gilded Age to the Des Moines Art Center.  This is the third time we've been invited to screen our work in Des Moines and we look forward to presenting this film and engaging with the audience.

More information about the screening can be found at this link.

Michael Maglaras, Director
Terri Templeton, Executive Producer
90 minutes / Not Rated / 2016

Film Description: The exciting and compelling story covers "America's Renaissance," the tremendous outpouring of artistic endeavor that occurred during the time between Abraham Lincoln's death in 1865 and the death of Mark Twain in 1910. More than 90 high-definition examples of art are shown, including works by John Singer Sargent, Childe Hassam, Winslow Homer, Alfred Stieglitz, and Augustus Saint-Gaudens, plus the recently discovered, only known film footage of Twain, taken in 1909. 
View clips from the film on Vimeo at this link.  


Saturday, June 24, 2017

WNPR Public Radio Interview: Michael Maglaras

WNPR arts reporter, Ray Hardman, caught up with director Michael Maglaras this week to talk about his new film "America Rising: The Arts of the Gilded Age."

"Those are the 45 years in which the American arts movement came into his own -- great paintings, sculpture, literature," said Maglaras, "but as we try to say in the film, that's the period where the American artistic presence in the world really is first felt."

Listen to the full interview at this link.

Opera House to Present Meet the Filmmaker Event


“We are very excited to be screening this film and to have the filmmakers available to talk about its creation,” notes Opera House Executive Director Rick Davis. “As part of our effort to offer a wide variety of intriguing programming, we believe this event will appeal not only to lovers of art and history, but to movie buffs as well.”

The 1891 Fredonia Opera House will present a recent film from Filmmaker Michael Maglaras titled “America Rising: The Arts of the Gilded Age on Thursday, June 29, at 7:30 p.m., as part of its Art & Architecture: On Screen series. To celebrate local artists, the Opera House has partnered with members of the North Shore Arts Alliance on a special art installation at the Opera House from 6:30-7:30pm, immediately prior to the screening. The exhibit will include work by artists including Katherine Galbraith who created portraits at the National Gallery of Art under their Copyist Program, both of them from portraits by John Singer Sargent including this one of Mrs. Henry White.

The 1891 Fredonia Opera House will present a recent film from Filmmaker Michael Maglaras titled “America Rising: The Arts of the Gilded Age” on Thursday, June 29, at 7:30 p.m., as part of its Art & Architecture: On Screen series. Maglaras and Producer Terri Templeton will introduce the film and will lead a talk-back and Q&A following its screening. In addition, the Opera House has partnered with the North Shore Arts Alliance to present an exhibition of local artists’ works at the Opera House immediately prior to the screening.
“America Rising: The Arts of the Gilded Age” tells the story of the painting, the sculpture, the music, and the literature of America’s renaissance … the tremendous outpouring of artistic endeavor that occurred between the death of Abraham Lincoln in 1865 and the death of Mark Twain in 1910.
Read the full article at this link.

Saturday, June 17, 2017

New York Premiere of Documentary on the Art of the Gilded Age


A Meet the Filmmaker Event with Michael Maglaras

On June 29 at 7:30pm, filmmaker Michael Maglaras returns to The 1891 Fredonia Opera House in Fredonia, New York for the screening of his new film, America Rising: The Arts of the Gilded Age.  Opera House audiences will remember Michael from his appearance in 2016 with his film Enough to Live On: The Arts of the WPA.  Michael and his wife, producer Terri Templeton, will lead a talk-back and Q&A session following the screening of the film. 

America Rising: The Arts of the Gilded Age tells the story of the painting, the sculpture, the music and the literature of America's renaissance ... the tremendous outpouring of artistic endeavor that occurred between the death of Abraham Lincoln in 1865 and the death of Mark Twain in 1910.

Employing more than 90 paintings, drawings, photographs, and sculptural works by such important America artists as John Singer Sargent, Childe Hassam, Winslow Homer, Alfred Stieglitz, and Augustus Saint-Gaudens, writer/director Michael Maglaras tells the story of the rising of American society through the voices of some of its most creative spirits.  

Michael Maglaras has been hailed as a "virtuoso filmmaker."  He founded 217 Films in 2003 with the aim of introducing a new audience to the rich history of the art of the American experience.  

You will not want to miss America Rising: The Arts of the Gilded Age...an exciting and enlightening look at America through the eyes of its most creative citizens.  

Purchase tickets at this link.  

This presentation is made possible in part with public funds from the New York State Council on the Arts' 2017 Electronic Media and Film Presentation Funds Grant program, administered by The ARTS Council of the Southern Finger Lakes. 

Thursday, June 8, 2017

Hartford Film Premiere -- America Rising: The Arts of the Gilded Age


Independent filmmakers Michael Maglaras and Terri Templeton of 217 Films of Ashford, Connecticut will be at The Mark Twain House & Museum for the Hartford premiere of their new film highlighting art from the era that Mark Twain described as “The Gilded Age.”

America Rising: The Arts of the Gilded Age will screen as a special fundraiser at The Mark Twain House & Museum on June 22 with a 5:30 p.m. reception with the filmmakers and 6:15 screening followed by a Q&A with the filmmakers.  All ticket proceeds benefit The Mark Twain House & Museum. The filmmakers will be on hand for a DVD signing.
America Rising tells the story of how, after the Civil War, American art and American artists came into their own on the world stage. In painting, in sculpture, in architecture, and in music, America found its artistic soul and voice in the art created during The Gilded Age…that explosion of American economic growth, which Mark Twain wrote about in his famous novel, The Gilded Age: A Tale of Today.
Using more than 90 works of art, featuring painters as diverse as Childe Hassam, Winslow Homer, Maurice Prendergast, and John Singer Sargent, and with the great public sculpture of creative geniuses such as Augustus Saint-Gaudens and his Robert Gould Shaw Memorial (referred to in the film by Director Maglaras as “the finest piece of memorial sculpture in America”),  America Rising creates a portrait of a country reinventing itself, after the tragic events of the Civil War, as a major artistic force.  America Rising shows an America poised, through its art, to commemorate its past and invent its future.
$20 Members, $30 Non-members; call 860-247-0998 for tickets and more information or click HERE to purchase. 

Thursday, May 11, 2017

217 Films Releases “America Rising: The Arts of the Gilded Age”—Brilliantly Conceived

"For the viewer, this film is a tour de force, offering a comprehensive, multi-layered glimpse into many moving parts of an historical period. In a world prone to oversimplification and sound bites, the real story often resides in the details." ~ Richard Friswell, Artes Magazine


Follow this link to read Artes Magazine's story about 217 Films' new documentary "America Rising: The Arts of the Gilded Age."

This film is currently on tour and new screening dates are being added frequently.  The next two chances to see this film and meet the director, Michael Maglaras, and executive producer Terri Templeton are in Hartford, Connecticut and Fredonia, New York.  



June 22 is a special fundraiser for The Mark Twain House and Museum in Hartford and June 29 this film will screen at the 1891 Fredonia Opera House.  

View the full screening schedule at this link.  

The DVD is also available on Amazon at this link.  

Sunday, April 9, 2017

Spring Into the Art of the WPA

This spring, you have two chances to see our film "Enough to Live On: The Arts of the WPA" and experience the art of the Great Depression on the big screen like you've never seen it before.

To mark National Historic Preservation Month in May, this film will screen in Greenhills, Ohio.  A tour of the community's WPA art will take place following the film.  The Village of Greenhills is a National Historic Landmark and is one of only three greenbelt towns built through the New Deal in response to the Great Depression.

In June, we were invited by the New Haven Free Public Library to come to New Haven, Connecticut.  Director Michael Maglaras and executive producer Terri Templeton will introduce the film and lead a discussion following the screening.

View clips from the film at this link.

May 20 -- 2:00pm
Greenhills Historical Society
Greenhills, Ohio

June 22 -- 6:00pm
New Haven Free Public Library
New Haven, Connecticut

Can't make it to one of these screenings?  You can purchase the DVD at this link.

Thursday, April 6, 2017

Now on DVD -- America Rising: The Arts of the Gilded Age


America Rising: The Arts of the Gilded Age is now available on DVD and can be purchased through Amazon at this link

Featuring the only known film footage of Mark Twain, who gave “The Gilded Age” its name, “America Rising” tells the story of how, after the Civil War, American art and American artists came into their own on the world stage. In painting, in sculpture, in architecture, and in music, America found its artistic soul and voice in the art created during the explosion of American economic growth, which Mark Twain wrote about in his novel, “The Gilded Age: A Tale of Today.”
Using more than 90 works of art, featuring painters as diverse as Childe Hassam, Winslow Homer, Maurice Prendergast, and John Singer Sargent, and with the great public sculpture of creative geniuses such as Augustus Saint-Gaudens and his “Robert Gould Shaw Memorial” (referred to in the film by Director Maglaras as “the finest piece of memorial sculpture in America”), “America Rising creates a portrait of a country reinventing itself, after the tragic events of the Civil War, as a major artistic force. America Rising shows an America poised, through its art, to commemorate its past and invent its future.

Clips from the film can be viewed at this link

Produced by 217 Films  |  Written, directed and narrated by Michael Maglaras  | Executive Producer Terri Templeton  |  2017 |   NR   |   90 Minutes  |  USA  | In English