217 Films is an independent film company in Ashford, Connecticut devoted to the American artistic experience. "The Great Confusion: The 1913 Armory Show" is 217 Films' fifth film since 2005 about the art born of the profound energy and vigor of the American twentieth century.
In 2005, Michael Maglaras and Terri Templeton released their first film "Cleophas and His Own" about 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. All three films, among other distinctions, have been shown to acclaim at the National Gallery of Art in Washington, D.C. Their fourth film, "O Brother Man: The Art and Life of Lynd Ward" was released in 2012 and is currently on tour across the United States and will screen this winter in New York City.
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." Judith Regan of Sirius XM Radio called it "Magnificent."
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