The work of Michael Maglaras & Terri Templeton

Michael Maglaras: Capturing the American Artistic Experience – Conversations from Penn State

Award-winning host, Patty Satalia, interviewed filmmaker Michael Maglaras on her WPSU PBS television series “Conversations from Penn State” about how he turned his passion for artists such as Marsden Hartley, John Marin, and Lynd Ward into what critics call “virtuoso filmmaking.” Watch this award-winning, veteran interviewer in conversation with Michael Maglaras at this link. 

Documentary film by Michael Maglaras explores the arts of the WPA

“A sentimental and stimulating essay in film, Michael Maglaras’ Enough to Live on: The Arts of the WPA pays homage to the unprecedented support for artists during one of the darkest times in American history.” – TheCollector TheCollector takes a deep dive into the  Great Depression-era art to come out of the WPA and Federal […]

Making Media Now podcast features filmmaker Michael Maglaras

For the first Making Media Now podcast episode of 2024, host Michael Azevedo interviewed filmmaker Michael Maglaras about his latest film “Ralph Waldo Emerson: Give All to Love.” Azevedo called this film “An impassioned and endearing documentary about one of America’s greatest thinkers.” Listen to the Filmmakers Collaborative Making Media Now podcast entitled “Director Michael Maglaras […]

Emerson film reviewed by The Collector

“An impassioned and endearing documentary about one of America’s greatest thinkers” – The Collector 217 Films’ new documentary “Ralph Waldo Emerson: Give All to Love” is now available to stream at this link. The Collector explores this documentary and Emerson’s life in their review of the film. “Ralph Waldo Emerson: Give All to Love” tells […]

Putting Emerson and Janáček Together

Music is used in film to help transition from scene to scene; to spark and then carry emotional intensity; to round out character and plot. I have used music too, in all my films, for those reasons…but music in my films is more than that…it is an integral part of the architecture of the film; […]

Filmmaker Michael Maglaras and writer James Marcus in conversation

On Thursday, June 22 the Concord Free Library will host filmmaker Michael Maglaras and writer James Marcus for an evening celebrating Ralph Waldo Emerson.  In this one night only event, filmmaker Michael Maglaras, whose new essay in film, Ralph Waldo Emerson: Give All to Love (which will premiere at the Library on September 30) will hold […]

The Geometry of the City of God

In my upcoming film “Ralph Waldo Emerson: Give All to Love” I try to make the case for Emerson’s fearlessness. For Emerson was in fact fearless. He walked away, early in his life, from security, from comfort…in short, from the ministry of Christ.  It seemed inevitable that Emerson would leave the ministry. Oh, the sermonizing […]

Shooting My New Film “Ralph Waldo Emerson: Give All to Love”

I’m making a film about Ralph Waldo Emerson. Yes, that’s the guy you’ve heard of, perhaps know something about. Perhaps you have a distant memory of having to read the essay “Self-Reliance” or, Heaven help you, “Compensation.” You tried, you really did… but then you gave up. “Where the hell is this guy going?” you […]

New documentary on Ralph Waldo Emerson

Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803-1882). Mezzotint portrait.

Announcing 217 Films’ New Documentary “Ralph Waldo Emerson: Give All to Love”  ASHFORD, CONNECTICUT (June 9, 2022) – Connecticut-based independent filmmakers Michael Maglaras and Terri Templeton of 217 Films announce that their new film project will be a new full-length documentary on America’s greatest philosopher and thinker, Ralph Waldo Emerson. “Ralph Waldo Emerson: Give All to Love” will be their […]