The Great Confusion: The 1913 Armory Show - Film Excerpt
In celebration of the 100th anniversary of the art show that introduced America to the idea of "Modern Art," 217 Films will release "The Great Confusion: The 1913 Armory Show" in September, 2013. This excerpt from the film features the work of Paul Gauguin and includes a reading from his memoir of life in Tahiti, "Noa Noa." "The Great Confusion" is written, directed, and narrated by Michael Maglaras.
O Brother Man: The Art and Life of Lynd Ward - Film Exerpt
View an excerpt from 217 Films' new documentary on Lynd Ward.
O Brother Man: The Art and Life of Lynd Ward - Trailer
Trailer for the documentary on Lynd Ward, the acknowledged father of the American graphic novel and one of the most prolific graphic artists, book illustrators, and printmakers in the history of American art. A brilliant storyteller and engraver in wood, Lynd Ward was also a man with a deep social conscience. His works are a chronicle of American life in the 20th century. O Brother Man will feature more than 150 wood engravings, drawings, and illustrations by this important American artist and storyteller.
John Marin: Let the Paint be Paint! - Opening Cut
Opening scene from Michael Maglaras's essay in film on the American master John Marin. "John Marin: Let the Paint be Paint!" was produced by 217 Films and written, narrated, and directed by Michael Maglaras. Terri Templeton is executive producer. This scene was shot on location in Addison, Maine at Marin's home on Cape Split. The world premiere of this new film was held at the Portland Museum of Art in Portland, Maine on December 11, 2009.
John Marin: Let the Paint be Paint! - Excerpt
Excerpt from Michael Maglaras's film on the American master John Marin. "John Marin: Let the Paint be Paint!" was produced by 217 Films and written, narrated, and directed by Michael Maglaras. Terri Templeton is executive producer. This scene was shot at the Colby College Museum of Art in Waterville, Maine. The world premiere of this new film was held at the Portland Museum of Art on December 11, 2009.
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.
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.
Michael Maglaras Remarks on His Work
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."
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.
Michael Maglaras reads Barbara Frietchie
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.
Paul Revere's Ride
Listen to Michael Maglaras read Henry Wadsworth Longfellow's "Paul Revere's Ride." More about Michael Maglaras and 217 Records at www.two17records.com.