Film Chronicles WPA Art in Norwalk

Film chronicles WPA art in Norwalk By Silvia Foster-Frau Updated Apr 22, 2016   NORWALK — Eighty-one years ago, President Franklin Roosevelt decided to save his country from the Great Depression by arming it — with artists.And the remnants of that effort can be found in more than 30 murals around Norwalk.“He believed that he had to […]

WPA Film Spring Tour

Our spring screening schedule is in full swing for “Enough to Live On: The Arts of the WPA.” We are also screening our film “O Brother Man: The Art and Life of Lynd Ward” at Georgetown University.  Here are the dates and locations: March 6 — 2:00pmTyler Public LibraryIn conjunction with Smith County Historical Society and The Winners Circle. […]

New documentary film celebrates the art of America’s Gilded Age

Augustus Saint-Gaudens, detail of the Robert Gould Shaw Memorial, 1897.  Courtesy of the Saint-Gaudens Memorial. Connecticut-based independent filmmakers Michael Maglaras and Terri Templeton of 217 Films announce a new film project – their seventh in ten years and their sixth “essay in film” – highlighting the arts of the American renaissance…what Mark Twain described as […]

Antiques And The Arts Features 217 Films New Documentary on the Arts of the WPA

Antiques And The Arts Weekly is featuring an excerpt from 217 Films‘ new documentary on the arts of the WPA on its website.  Check it out at this link. “Enough to Live On: The Arts of the WPA” is the sixth film for Ashford, Connecticut filmmaker Michael Maglaras and his wife and executive producer, Terri […]

Lynd Ward Film at Billy Ireland Cartoon Library and Museum

217 Films’ “O Brother Man: The Art and and Life of Lynd Ward” Makes Columbus Debut at the Billy Ireland Cartoon Library and Museum 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.  The Columbus premiere of 217 […]

217 Films: Bringing American Art to Life

“There isn’t enough film footage around about our great American visual culture legacy and I am very passionate about learning more about it.  America has been good to me and I feel that I must give back and I do that by telling stories of American Art; citizenship means giving back.”  ~ Michael Maglaras, Filmmaker […]

New Screening Dates for Documentaries by 217 Films

New screening dates have been added for 217 Films‘ documentaries on the arts of the WPA and American illustrator Lynd Ward.  The full schedule can be viewed at this link.  “Enough to Live On: The Arts of the WPA” was released in 2015 and celebrates the 80th anniversary of the Works Progress Administration and the programs it […]

217 Films at Billy Ireland Cartoon Library & Museum

217 Films is honored to screen our film “O Brother Man: The Art and Life of Lynd Ward” at the Billy Ireland Cartoon Library & Museum on February 20.  Director Michael Maglaras and executive producer Terri Templeton will introduce the documentary and answer questions after the screening. David Berona, Michael Maglaras and Robert Dance This […]

John Greenleaf Whittier Remembered

In December, we always think about John Greenleaf Whittier and his masterful poem, “Snow-Bound.”  This essay was written by Michael Maglaras in 2010 and we return to it now in appreciation of Whittier and his lasting contribution to American poetry.  Order the CD recording of this poem at this link.Maglaras writes:  “I know of no […]

Grolier Club Hosts 217 Films in NYC

217 Films’ 2012 documentary “O Brother Man: The Art and Life of Lynd Ward” will screen at the Grolier Club in New York City on November 19th.  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.  Filmmakers Michael Maglaras and Terri […]