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view marin clips view ward 217 films The Great Confusion: The 1913 Armory Show - Film Excerpts
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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view marin clips view ward 217 films O Brother Man: The Art and Life of Lynd Ward - Film Exerpts
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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view marin clips view marin 217 films 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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view hartley films view hartley clips Visible Silence: Marsden Hartley, Painter and Poet - Trailer
"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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view cleophas clips watch cleophas clips 217 films Cleophas and His Own: A North Atlantic Tragedy - Trailer
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. Released in 2005.

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Watch a behind the scenes interview with filmmaker Michael Maglaras of 217 Films. He talks about what inspires him to create the films he makes, why he selects the topics he does, the creative process and thought behind his work, and his unique personal style of storytelling through "essays in film."

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view hiawatha 217 films watch hiawatha films Introduction from The Song of Hiawatha performed by Michael Maglaras
Introduction from "The Song of Hiawatha," from Michael Maglaras's historic live reading of the complete poem to a sold-out audience in Portland, Maine in December 2007. In addition to this live performance, in 2007, Maglaras also recorded Henry Wadsworth Longfellow's epic masterpiece as a limited edition 5-CD boxed set released by 217 Records. More at www.two17records.com.

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Michael Maglaras reads John Greenleaf Whittier's poem "Barbara Frietchie." This performance was recorded before a live audience at the St. Lawrence Arts Center in Portland, Maine on Sunday, December 12, 2010. More at www.two17records.com.

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Listen to Michael Maglaras read Henry Wadsworth Longfellow's "Paul Revere's Ride." More about Michael Maglaras and 217 Records at www.two17records.com.

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