My Meeting with Tom Sawyer

“TOM!” No answer. “TOM!” No answer. “What’s gone with that boy, I wonder?” What you may not know is that that telling and appropriate phrase…the last sentence above…was not what Twain originally wrote. The original phrase was: “Where can that boy be, I wonder?” Page 1 of Tom Sawyer  in the hand of Mark Twain. […]

Lynd Ward Film at Georgetown University Library

Join us on Thursday, March 31 at 6:00 pm to salute the end of Georgetown University Library’s “Undiscovered Printmakers” exhibition with a screening of our film “O Brother Man: The Art and Life of Lynd Ward.”  “The Undiscovered Printmakers: Hidden Treasures at Georgetown Univerisity Library” exhibition in the Special Collections and Charles Marvin Fairchild Memorial Galleries features many works by Lynd […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

Michael Maglaras: I am an old fashioned film maker

I am an old-fashioned film maker. I like to tour with my films when they are released, as often as I can. I like dark and quiet rooms where people have to focus on the screen. I instruct the techs in the booth to make sure the lights are off when the credits roll at […]

New at the Morgan Library – Medium as Muse: Woodcuts and the Modern Book

February 21, 2014   Last night we had the great pleasure of attending the opening of Medium as Muse: Woodcuts and the Modern Book at the Morgan Library, now running through May 11, 2014.   Our film “O Brother Man: The Art and Life of Lynd Ward” will be shown at the Morgan on March 28 in […]