Friday, April 18, 2014

Michael Maglaras interviewed on FoxCT Morning Show

Michael Maglaras: Filmmaker Michael Maglaras joined the FoxCT Morning show to talk about his latest documentary "The Great Confusion: The 1913 Armory Show" and the upcoming screening at the New Britain Museum of American Art.

April 24, 2014
"The Great Confusion: The 1913 Armory Show"
Special Encore Screening!
New Britain, Connecticut

Saturday, April 12, 2014

Art is Alive in Richmond, Virginia

Last night, 300 art lovers turned out in Richmond, Virginia for a special James River Film Festival screening of "The Great Confusion:  The 1913 Armory Show" hosted by the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts.   

The arts are alive and strong in Richmond! We look forward to returning next year to screen "Enough to Live On: The Art of the WPA." If you have never visited this incredible museum, put it on your bucket list. It is not to be missed.

View the photos from the evening on our Facebook page.  

Thursday, April 10, 2014

Armory Show Film Returns to the NBMAA

Our new film "The Great Confusion:  The 1913 Armory Show" returns to the New Britain Museum of American Art on Thursday, April 24 at 5:30pm.  Read all about it in The Bristol Press at this link.

Don't miss our screening tomorrow (Friday, April 11) at the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts.  More information at this link.

The full screening schedule for this film can be found at this link.

Monday, April 7, 2014

Screening Dates for "The Great Confusion: The 1913 Armory Show"

Spring and Summer Screening Dates for “The Great Confusion:  The 1913 Armory Show”

The next screening of  217 Films' The Great Confusion:  The1913 Armory Show” will be held Friday, April 11 at the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts in Richmond, Virginia as part of the James River Film Festival.  Tickets can be purchased at this link.  

The full screening schedule for this film can be viewed at this link.  

A recent review of “The Great Confusion: The 1913 Armory Show” in The Dartmouth said that “Michael Maglaras...brought the drama of the original show back to life.” Critic Hobart Cornell stated “The film…is as close to attending the exhibition as one can get.” 

Upcoming screenings include:

April 11, 2014 -- 6:30pm
Richmond, Virginia

April 24, 2014 -- 5:30pm
Special Encore Screening!
New Britain Museum of American Art -- New Britain, Connecticut

May 5, 2014 -- 7:00pm
Bryn Mawr Film Institute -- Bryn Mawr, Pennsylvania

May 11, 2014 -- 2:00pm
Providence Public Library -- Providence, Rhode Island

July 16, 2014 -- 6:30pm
Smithsonian American Art Museum -- Washington, D.C.

August 2, 2014 -- 3:00pm
National Gallery of Art -- Washington, D.C.

New dates are being added frequently and this film tour will continue through 2014.

Wednesday, April 2, 2014

VMFA Blog: Ladies and Gentlemen…The Avant-Garde

"The film is complete with back story, the principal organizers and their efforts, high definition images of 60 works, and is as close to attending the exhibition as one can get." ~ Hobart Cornell, Critic-at-large      

In winter, 1913, The International Exhibition of Modern Art, better known as The Armory Show, opened in New York City.  It was fully loaded with over 1300 modern artworks by more than 300 artists from Europe and America.  Mere style and technique would challenge the sensibilities of the norm and spur a sea change in U.S. art and culture. 
On Friday, April 11, at 6:30 pm, VMFA and the James River Film Festival will present the Virginia Premiere of the documentary The Great Confusion: The 1913 Armory Show (2013; 84 min.)....  

Continue reading Hobart Cornell's write up at this link.  

Michael Maglaras: I am an old fashioned film maker

I am an old-fashioned film maker. I like to tour with my films when they are released, as often as I can. I like dark and quiet rooms where people have to focus on the screen. I instruct the techs in the booth to make sure the lights are off when the credits roll at the end, as they are an integral part of any film I make and always contain some of the film’s best music.

I like every part of the touring experience...even the sleepless nights in unfamiliar surroundings. I will never get tired of touring, of greeting people at the door, of hanging around afterwards for the Q&A. I relish the intelligent and thoughtful comments I get at the end of a screening. I inwardly chuckle at the inane comments. Every film I make is an attempt to try harder. It’s that simple. When a film maker loses his connection to the audience, then he has lost a lot.

Last week in New York as I stood at the back of the theater in the Morgan Library, I observed the backs of the people attending the screening. They sat intently, absorbed in my film “O Brother Man: TheArt and Life of Lynd Ward.”  For 84 minutes, I took them out of themselves and into the highly imaginative world of the father of the graphic novel. The goal of a film maker should be to take you out of yourself for a brief period of time. Otherwise, why would you have bothered to get up from wherever you were comfortably ensconced and battle the traffic to come to a place where you were forced to sit in the dark?

That’s the bargain that, as a film maker, I am pledged to respect. You leave wherever you are comfortable, and you come to a place where you are forced to sit in the dark and watch something onscreen. In return for your sacrifice, I have to make it my business to enlighten you, entertain you, move you, and perhaps get you to see something you’ve not seen before. I have to succeed at this because it is the right thing to do in return for your having made the journey.

As we continue the tour with our current film “The Great Confusion: The 1913 Armory Show” Terri and I continue doing what we both love, and we continue to keep that pledge and its implied get up and get to the theater...and in return we honor your presence with the best work we can create.

We look forward to seeing all of our friends at the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts on April 11 at 6:30 PM for a screening of The Great Confusion.

If you come, we promise you that you will learn something about the very important and lasting legacy of American Modernism.

Tuesday, April 1, 2014

James River Film Festival Features 217 Films' "The Great Confusion: The 1913 Armory Show"

WHAT:  Virginia premiere of 217 Films’ “The Great Confusion:  The 1913 Armory Show.”  Filmmaker Michael Maglaras will be in attendance and introduce the screening.   This event is co-sponsored by the James River Film Festival.

WHEN:  Friday, April 11, 2014 at 6:30pm
Leslie Cheek Theater
200 North Boulevard
Richmond, Virginia
Directions at this link.  
TEL:  1-804-204-2681

COST: $8 (VMFA and JRFF members $5)
Purchase online at this link
Purchase by phone:  1-804-340-1405
ABOUT THE FILM:  The Great Confusion:  The 1913 Armory Show” features works by more than 60 American and European painters and sculptors.  The film probes deeply into the history of how the show was organized; examines the critical efforts of American artists such as Arthur B. Davies, Walter Pach, and Walt Kuhn; and explores the impact that the show had on collectors of art as well as ordinary citizens.

Excerpts from the film can be viewed at this link.