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