The work of Michael Maglaras & Terri Templeton

Hartford Film Premiere — America Rising: The Arts of the Gilded Age

Independent filmmakers Michael Maglaras and Terri Templeton of 217 Films of Ashford, Connecticut will be at The Mark Twain House & Museum for the Hartford premiere of their new film highlighting art from the era that Mark Twain described as “The Gilded Age.” America Rising: The Arts of the Gilded Age will screen as a special fundraiser at […]

America Rising: The Arts of the Gilded Age

Director’s Statement By Michael Maglaras View clips from America Rising: The Arts of the Gilded Age When I begin a film, I generally have a rough idea of how it will begin and how it will end. I’m usually not sure of much else, except the music I will use, since my films are constructed […]

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 […]

WPA Film Returns to Tyler, Texas

Smith County Historical Society, in collaboration with The Live and Kicking Winners Circle of Tyler, Texas will screen “Enough to Live On:  The Arts of the WPA” on Sunday, March 6 at 2:00pm in the Taylor Auditorium of the Tyler Public Library. This is the second time this film has been shown in Tyler.   […]

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 […]

New documentary film celebrates American art through the faces of her people

Connecticut-based independent filmmakers Michael Maglaras and Terri Templeton of 217 Filmsannounce a new film project — their seventh in ten years and their sixth “essay in film” — tracing the history of America through the portraits of the American people. The film is titled “American Faces: Portrait of a Nation” and is scheduled for release […]

Films on the art of Lynd Ward and the WPA Come to South Bend

It’s been a while since we toured with our 2012 documentary “O Brother Man: The Art and Life of Lynd Ward.”  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. On Saturday, October 24 this film will screen at […]

Connecticut Magazine Features 217 Films

The New Britain Museum of American Art brings you the film.  Kate Hartman at Connecticut Magazine brings you the story.  Read all about the May 14 world premiere of our new film “Enough to Live On: The Arts of the WPA” at this link. WHAT:  World Premiere of 217 Films’ “Enough to Live On: The […]