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New Spirit, art documentaries New Spirit film The Great Confusion: The 1913 Armory Show
"This film is MAGNIFICENT! If you get the chance to see it, run to it!" - Lisa K., Rochester, New York

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

From February 17 until March 15, 1913, thousands of Americans pushed their way through the doors of the 69th Regiment Armory on the east side of New York City while a battle was waging "for or against" Modern Art for the first time. What they saw would annoy and infuriate some...and captivate, delight, and inspire many. What resulted from these four weeks of mass exposure to European artists such as Cezanne, Renoir, Van Gogh, and the upstart Marcel Duchamp (with his "Nude Descending a Staircase"), as well as such Americans as Marsden Hartley, John Marin, and Charles Sheeler, changed how Americans came to understand their own times. By entering through the doors of an armory, they had entered through the doors of the Modern Era. This film features more than 60 works by American and European painters and sculptors and probes deeply into the history of how the show was organized. It provides fascinating glimpses into the backstage efforts of the American artists Arthur B. Davies, Walter Pach, and Walt Kuhn as they worked tirelessly to bring a new art to a new American audience. Written, narrated, and directed by Michael Maglaras. 2013.

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Lynd Ward, art documentaries lynd ward film O Brother Man: The Art and Life of Lynd Ward
"Magnificent." - Judith Regan, Sirius XM Radio
"With great patience and by placing himself in the distant background, the filmmaker Michael Maglaras has produced a beautiful introduction to Ward and his work... Ward's life and work, lavishly offered to the viewer in O Brother Man, are unforgettable." - Paul Buhle, Journal of American History

Lynd Ward is the father of the American graphic novel and one of the most prolific book illustrators and printmakers in the history of American art. Featuring more than 150 wood engravings, drawings, and illustrations by this important American artist and storyteller, the 90-minute film brings the creativity of Ward to life and illustrates his mastery of narrative without text. His work chronicles American life in the 20th century, and demonstrates his deep personal commitment to social justice and the plight of the workingman surrounding the years of the Great Depression. Written, narrated, and directed by Michael Maglaras of 217 Films. Featuring interviews with Ward's daughter, Robin Ward Savage. 2012.


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John Marin documentaries John Marin Film John Marin: Let the Paint be Paint!

"John Marin: Let the Paint be Paint!" tells the story of one of the most important artistic figures of the first half of the 20th century, and the undisputed father of American Modernism. Utilizing more than 70 of Marin's paintings, drawings, and etchings, including works in the private collection of the Marin estate which have seldom been exhibited, filmmaker Michael Maglaras tells the story of Marin's life, from his beginnings in New Jersey, and his early experiments in watercolor, to his days at Cape Split in Down East Maine, where, with his late oils, he established himself as one of the preeminent masters of American art. Written, narrated, and directed by Michael Maglaras of 217 Films. 2009.

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Marsden Hartley Documentary Art film hartley Visible Silence: Marsden Hartley, Painter and Poet

"Visible Silence: Marsden Hartley, Painter and Poet" features 43 of Hartley's paintings and drawings as well as many photographs from his early youth to his final years. Drawing heavily from Hartley's little-known poetical works, this documentary, a deeply personal statement by Michael Maglaras, captures the essence of Hartley - long considered one of the most important American painters of the first half of the 20th century. "Visible Silence" is the first documentary ever made about this Maine-born painter. Written, narrated, and directed by Michael Maglaras of 217 Films. 2008.

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Cleophas DVD Hartley, Cleophas DVD Cleophas and His Own: A North Atlantic Tragedy

In September of 1943, the typescript of a private, unpublished narrative was discovered in Corea, Maine, among the belongings of the American modernist painter and poet Marsden Hartley just a few days after his death. This powerful and poignant elegy, "Cleophas and His Own:A North Atlantic Tragedy" - written by Hartley to assuage his grief at the loss of a young man he loved - is now a feature-length film directed by Michael Maglaras and produced by Terri Templeton of 217 Films. The film presents Hartley (played by Maglaras) seated in his makeshift studio in Corea in 1943 where, tired and ill, he recounts to an unseen visitor the tragic story of the fate that befell the Francis Mason family - a family of farmers and fishermen with whom he lived on a remote island in Nova Scotia seven years before. The film uses flashbacks and employs 24 of Hartley's paintings and drawings. 2005.

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