The work of Michael Maglaras & Terri Templeton

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 its opening scene, it is 1943 and Hartley is pictured – tired, ill, and near death – sitting in a chair in his makeshift studio in Corea, Maine, where he proceeds to reveal to an unseen visitor a secret story that unfolded in Nova Scotia seven years before. 

Director Michael Maglaras, who also plays Hartley, recounts the magnificent saga of  “Cleophas and His Own” using Hartley’s text in its entirety. Twenty-four paintings and drawings by Hartley, as well as flashbacks to his Nova Scotia experience, illuminate the days leading up to and following the great Atlantic hurricane of September 19, 1936, when Hartley lost the young man who had become the great love of his life.  

The film can be purchased on DVD at this link.  

We are now in the final stages of completing our sixth film in ten years.  Enough to Live On: The Arts of the WPA” will make its world premiere at the New Britain Museum of American Art on May 14.   

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