Wednesday, March 29, 2017

Greenhills, Ohio Hosts Film on the Arts of the WPA

To mark National Historic Preservation Month, on Saturday, May 5 at 2:00, Greenhills Historical Society in Greenhills, Ohio will host a free screening of our film "Enough to Live On: The Arts of the WPA."

This screening is free and open to the public.

View a clip from the film at this link.  

A tour of the community's WPA art will take place following the film.

In January, the Village of Greenhills was designated a National Historic Landmark. 

The Village of Greenhills represents significant aspects of New Deal policy, an important period in the evolution of the American suburb, and pioneering innovations in house and neighborhood design. 

An adaptation of American garden-city planning to the climate, topography, and cultural preferences of the Midwestern United States, the Village of Greenhills was one of the three New Deal greenbelt towns built by the Resettlement Administration's Division of Suburban Resettlement. 

It is nationally significant for its association with the Federal response to the Great Depression by providing economic relief in the form of employment for skilled and unskilled labor and making use of modern principles of design and lower-cost methods and materials of home construction in an effort to stimulate the building industry and raise the quality of life for working-class Americans.

Thursday, March 9, 2017

The Met Features 217 Films' Portrayal of Marsden Hartley

217 Films is honored to participate in the upcoming exhibition “Marsden Hartley’s Maine” which opens on March15 at The Met Breuer in New York City. Footage from our film “Cleophas and His Own,” which was filmed in Maine, will be featured as part of the exhibition. 

Be sure to take in this wonderful retrospective featuring Hartley’s close connection with his Maine roots. 

To learn more about the exhibit, visit this link:

Visit this link to view a clip from "Cleophas and His Own" on Vimeo:  

Wednesday, March 8, 2017

New Britain Museum of American Art Hosts Connecticut Premiere of New Film on the Arts of the Gilded Age

*** Reserve tickets at this link ***

Connecticut Filmmakers Debut New Film Celebrating the Art of America’s Gilded Age: Features only known film footage of Mark Twain, who gave the Gilded Age its name

ASHFORD, CONNECTICUT (March 9, 2017) – Independent filmmakers Michael Maglaras and Terri Templeton of 217 Films in Ashford announce the Connecticut premiere of 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 the New Britain Museum of American Art on March 23, 2017 at 6:00 PM (with a 5:30 PM reception planned).

Clips from the film can be viewed 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.

Linda Mare, Director of Education at the NBMAA stated, “The Museum always looks forward with excitement and great enthusiasm for every film directed and produced by Michael and Terri. Every time they have brought one of their films to NBMAA, the response from our membership and our community has been outstanding in response to their unique storytelling and passion for American art.”

“We’re very pleased to present our seventh Connecticut film premiere at NBMAA,” said director Michael Maglaras. “This is a time in our nation’s history to present an audience with the truth of America’s greatness…the greatness of America’s grand tradition of artistic excellence.”

Connecticut Premiere film screening with introduction and Q&A by the filmmakers
“America Rising: The Arts of the Gilded Age”

Thursday, March 23, 2017
5:30 PM – Reception
6:00 PM -- Screening

New Britain Museum of American Art
56 Lexington Street

$10 Members, $25 Non-Members
Phone:  860-229-0257, ext. 201

More about 217 Films:  217 Films is an independent film company devoted to the American artistic experience.  In 2005, Michael Maglaras and Terri Templeton released their first film “Cleophas and His Own” about the American painter Marsden Hartley's epic narrative of love and loss. Maglaras both directed and played the role of Hartley in this film.  In 2008, they released a second film about Hartley called “Visible Silence:  Marsden Hartley, Painter and Poet” – the first-ever documentary on the life of Hartley. In 2010, with their film “John Marin: Let the Paint be Paint!” they established, through the first full-length documentary on this important painter, that John Marin was one of the fathers of American Modernism. These films, among other distinctions, have been shown to acclaim at the National Gallery of Art in Washington, D.C. In 2012, they released “O Brother Man: The Art and Life of Lynd Ward.” In 2013, they released “The Great Confusion: The 1913 Armory Show.” Currently on tour is their latest film “Enough to Live On: The Arts of the WPA” celebrating the ways in which Franklin Roosevelt used the arts to raise the spirits of the American people during the Great Depression.

The Sacramento Bee called Michael Maglaras a filmmaker of “Bergman-like gravitas.” His films have been described as “virtuoso filmmaking” (National Gallery of Art) “alive and fresh” (Art New England) and “elegiac and insightful” (Naples Daily News).  David Berona, author of “Wordless Books” has said of “O Brother Man” ... “This film is stunning.” A recent review in The Dartmouth said of The Great Confusionthat “Michael Maglaras... brought the drama of the original show back to life.”