The work of Michael Maglaras & Terri Templeton

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 […]

Cleophas And His Own Featured at Emerge Film Festival

Filmmakers Terri Templeton and Michael Maglaras. Last week, we brought “Cleophas and His Own” back to Marsden Hartley’s hometown of Lewiston, Maine as part of the Emerge Film Festival. “Cleophas and His Own” is a poignant feature-length film based on the epic poem of the same name by painter and poet Marsden Hartley.   In […]

Marsden Hartley: You Love His Art. Come Get to Know the Man.

Marsden Hartley, ca. 1941.  Photo by Louise Young.  Ten years ago, filmmaker Michael Maglaras screened his first film, “Cleophas and His Own,” a monumental work 2 hours and 27 minutes long, about the American Modernist master and Lewiston, Maine native, Marsden Hartley. On April 9, “Cleophas and His Own” returns to Lewiston to celebrate the […]

Emerge Film Festival Features Marsden Harley Film

Lewiston, Maine’s dynamic Emerge Film Festival will take place Thursday, April 9 to Sunday, April 12. This second annual event will kick off with a special 10th anniversary screening of 217 Films‘ 2005 film “Cleophas and His Own.” This film is based on Lewiston-native Marsden Hartley’s epic poem of the same name and made its world premiere in Lewiston […]

New Film on 1913 Armory Show Announced

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE 217 Films CONTACT:  Tami Kennedy | 207-838-0816 | [email protected] New film highlights the centenary celebration of the 1913 Armory Show:  The exhibition that changed the face of art in America ASHFORD, CONNECTICUT (November 13, 2012) – Connecticut-based independent film makers Michael Maglaras and Terri Templeton of 217 Films announce that their new film project […]

Cleophas at the Crocker

Cleophas and His Own will screen at the Crocker Art Museum on Thursday, December 2 at 5:30pm as part of the Museum’s new Thursdays ’til 9 series. Art lovers will recall that this film made its west coast premiere in 2006 at the Crest Theatre in conjunction with a gallery talk at the Crocker during […]

“Cleophas and His Own” returns to Sacramento

Movie Portraying Legendary Painter Marsden Hartley “Cleophas and His Own” Returns to Sacramento What they’re saying about “Cleophas and His Own”:“Hypnotic…this haunting film illuminates Hartley’s life and work with a nearly Bergman-like gravitas.” ~ Victoria Dalkey, Sacramento Bee READ THE REVIEW “Maglaras is mesmerizing as Hartley. ‘Cleophas and His Own’ channels the artist’s passion and […]

Oct 8 – Halifax Screening: Cleophas and His Own

On Thursday, October 8, 217 Films first film Cleophas and His Own will screen in Halifax, Nova Scotia at the CBC Radio Room. It has been a goal to show this in Nova Scotia and we are very fortunate to work with Will Roberts of the Cultural Product Project to make this goal a reality. […]

Gloucester Daily Times

“We are on a crusade to bring Hartley to life, and to inspire others to take pride in our collective American art experience,” Maglaras said in a phone interview. “The combination of a great painter and a wonderful writer is not one you find all the time — and Hartley was both. He was not […]