The work of Michael Maglaras & Terri Templeton

Spring Into the Art of the WPA

This spring, you have two chances to see our film “Enough to Live On: The Arts of the WPA” and experience the art of the Great Depression on the big screen like you’ve never seen it before. To mark National Historic Preservation Month in May, this film will screen in Greenhills, Ohio.  A tour of […]

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 […]

Tyler Texas WPA Murals

These photos are of three murals from the Depression era being cared for and restored by the Smith County Historical Society in Tyler, Texas. Tyler benefited in many ways from the WPA, including a state park, numerous buildings and art.  These murals are true treasures — capturing scenes from American life. Read more about the history of […]

Historic Mural Captures Life During the Great Depression

Sunday, 8 November 2015 – Written by Cory McCoy When the nation was at its lowest point and people were most desperate, the federal government came up with innovative ways to transform cities like Tyler and the lives of those involved. To celebrate their 2015 fundraiser, the Smith County Historical Society will host a special screening […]

The Arts of the WPA on the Big Screen in Detroit

The next stop for our new film “Enough to Live On: The Arts of the WPA” is September 15 at Cinema Detroit.  Filmmakers Michael Maglaras and Terri Templeton of 217 Films will introduce the screening. “Enough to Live On” celebrates the 80th anniversary of the Works Progress Administration and the Federal Art Project; the New Deal […]

WXXI Public Radio: Interview with Michael Maglaras

Veronica Volk of WXXI Public Radio in Rochester, New York recently interviewed filmmaker Michael Maglaras about two iconic WPA murals just photographed by 217 Films and the Memorial Art Gallery for “Enough to Live On: The Art of the WPA.” Read the full story at this link.

Why did 300 artists paint 20,000 objects?

Writer/director Michael Maglaras introduces an important excerpt from the upcoming 217 Films release of “Enough to Live On: The Arts of the WPA” (Music by David Dvorin).  Michael Maglaras introduces the Index of American Design excerpt from his new film about the arts of the WPA from 217 Films on Vimeo. This clip features the […]

Shooting Begins for WPA Documentary

Read original story at this link. Film makers visit to shoot documentary   David Harry Tuesday, June 10, 2014 at 11:20 am PORTLAND — Bob Reynolds came north to tell a story Monday morning. Michael Maglaras came north to hear it. Photo: David Harry / The Forecaster 217 Films co-owners Terri Templeton and Michael Maglaras on […]