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.