Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Emerge Film Festival Features Marsden Harley Film









Lewiston, Maine's dynamic Emerge Film Festival will take place Thursday, April 9 to Sunday, April 12.

This second annual event will kick off with a special 10th anniversary screening of 217 Films' 2005 film "Cleophas and His Own."

This film is based on Lewiston-native Marsden Hartley's epic poem of the same name and made its world premiere in Lewiston in 2005.  It was shot entirely in Maine, including scenes at Washburn Norlands Living History Center in Livermore Falls, just outside Lewiston.

This film screening will be held as a fundraiser for Emerge.  More detail will be posted soon on the festival website.

Read Daniel Hartill's Lewiston Sun Journal story at this link.


Marsden Hartley, ca. 1941.  Photo by Louise Young.  
Printed by permission of 217 Films. 




















More about the film:

Cleophas and His Own:  A North Atlantic Tragedy
Written by Marsden Hartley
A Film by Michael Maglaras

Just a few days after the death of the great American Expressionist master Marsden Hartley, the typescript of his private, unpuplished narrative, Cleophas and His Own, was discovered among his belongings. Sixty-two years later, film maker Michael Maglaras turned this epic narrative into a feature-length film using more than 24 of Hartley’s paintings and drawings. This film presents Hartley (played by Maglaras) seated in his makeshift studio, where he recounts the tragic story of the fate that befell the Francis Mason family with whom he lived in Nova Scotia. The last seven years of Hartley’s life were devoted to reliving this experience, resulting in a body of work as a painter which is second to none in the American experience.  2005.  Not rated. 147 minutes. 

Thursday, November 13, 2014

The Great Confusion Comes to Peoria


One month from today, 217 Films will screen "The Great Confusion:  The 1913 Armory Show" in Peoria, Illinois.   This film will be shown on December 13 at 5:00pm at the Peoria Riverfront Museum.  Director Michael Maglaras will be in attendance to introduce the film.  

For a full list of screening dates, times and locations, follow this link.  

This film has been showing to standing room only audiences since it premiered in September 2013.  A recent review in The Dartmouth said of “The Great Confusion” that “Michael Maglaras...brought the drama of the original show back to life.”

To purchase the DVD, follow this link.  

Wednesday, October 8, 2014

Peoria Riverfront Museum to Screen "The Great Confusion: The 1913 Armory Show"

217 Films just added a new screening date for "The Great Confusion:  The 1913 Armory Show." This film will screen on December 13 at 5:00pm at the Peoria Riverfront Museum in Peoria, Illinois.  Director Michael Maglaras will be in attendance to introduce the film.  

The next chance to see this film is October 26 in Falmouth, Virginia at Gari Melchers Home & Studio at Belmont.  Executive Producer Terri Templeton will introduce this screening.

For a full list of screening dates, times and locations, follow this link.  

This film has been showing to standing room only audiences since it premiered in September 2013.  A recent review in The Dartmouth said of “The Great Confusion” that “Michael Maglaras...brought the drama of the original show back to life.”

To purchase the DVD, follow this link.  

Wednesday, October 1, 2014

Modernism and the American Idiom: A Conversation with Film-maker, Michael Maglaras

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Modernism and the American Idiom: A Conversation with Film-maker, Michael Maglaras
September 29, 2014 

Seymour Fogel (1911 – 1984), The Wealth of the Nation, 1938. 
Mural. Social Security Building, Washington, DC (installed 1942).














...I sought out a conversation with Michael Maglaras, documentary film maker, who, along with his wife, Terri Templeton, have produced a number of “essays in film” under the banner, 217 Films. Maglaras and Templeton have taken an interest in these vital, yet tumultuous years of the early 20th century, with particular focus on American artists from the early modern period. He points out that, “Early American Modernism comes as an antithesis of what you’d expect. We were at the height of social, economic and imperialist growth. We were swaggering across the world stage at that time. Right in the middle of that expansionistic period in our history comes a group of artists engaged in what I would call a period of superb self-examination. Just as we were gaining an understanding of who we were as a nation, a handful of painters, musicians and writers ‘whack’ us with a new truth!”

Continue reading at this link.  

View 217 Films' library of work at this link.  

Monday, September 22, 2014

The Arts of the WPA

Shooting is nearly complete and rough editing has begun for our new film "Enough to Live On: The Arts of the WPA."  This photo is from our shoot this summer in Portland, Maine.  Read all about the remarkable man we interviewed at this link.

"Enough to Live On: The Arts of the WPA" will premiere in 2015 and dates are filling up fast for screenings.

We will show this film at the New Britain Museum of American Art on May 14, 2015 and at the Smithsonian American Art Museum on June 17, 2015.  Keep your eye on our screening schedule at this link.  New dates will be added frequently.  

Don't miss your chance to see our current film "The Great Confusion: The 1913 Armory Show" in Falmouth, Virginia next month.  Full details at this link.












For those who have been watching "The Roosevelts" on PBS, you'll particularly enjoy the cameo of Teddy Roosevelt in this film.  You can catch Teddy in this excerpt from "The Great Confusion" at this link.


A recent review in The Dartmouth said of “The Great Confusion” that “Michael Maglaras...brought the drama of the original show back to life.” Mike Holtzclaw said in the Daily Press, “For anyone who enjoys art, this is an eye opening film.”


Friday, September 19, 2014

Filmmaker Terri Templeton to Introduce Screening in Falmouth, Virginia

Executive Producer, Terri Templeton on location.
On March 4, 1913 Teddy Roosevelt labelled cubism "repellent."  On October 26 at Gari Melchers Home and Studio, a new film will help you decide for yourself.  

217 Films' new documentary "The Great Confusion: The 1913 Armory Show" has been screening to standing room only audiences since it premiered a year ago.  

Don't miss your chance to see this film for free in Falmouth, Virginia on Sunday, October 26 at 2:00pm.  

Filmmaker Terri Templeton will be in attendance to introduce the film and answer questions following the screening.

Visit www.GariMelchers.org for more information.

Thursday, September 4, 2014

Virginia Film Tour Continues: "The Great Confusion: The 1913 Armory Show"

"For anyone who enjoys art, this is an eye-opening film.
~ Mike Holtzclaw, Daily Press

Last night, "The Great Confusion: The 1913 Armory Show" screened to a full house at Naro Cinema in Norfolk, Virginia's historic downtown Ghent.

The next stop for this film is October 26 at Gari Melchers Home & Studio at Belmont in Falmouth, Virginia at the University of Mary Washington.  After that, this film travels to Des Moines.

New screening dates are being added frequently.  View the full screening schedule at this link.

The Naro Cinema is a true gem and plans are in the works to screen 217 Films' forthcoming documentary "Enough to Live On: The Arts of the WPA" there next summer.  Read more about that film at this link.

Filmgoers lining up to buy tickets at Naro Cinema.

Director Michael Maglaras and Executive Producer Terri Templeton.

Filmmaker Michael Maglaras introduces the film.