The work of Michael Maglaras & Terri Templeton

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 sponsored to use the arts to help rebuild an America dragged down by the Great Depression. This film takes us on a journey showing us how through the use of painting, sculpture, music and literature, Americans came to understand what had happened to them on that fateful day in 1929 when, as filmmaker Michael Maglaras has written, “America sank out of sight,” to the day in 1939 when Marian Anderson sang on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial and we knew we had finally emerged from the grip of our national despair.

This is the sixth film for Ashford, Connecticut filmmaker Michael Maglaras and executive producer Terri Templeton of 217 Films.

O Brother Man: The Art and Life of Lynd Ward” was released in 2012.  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. Featuring more than 150 wood engravings, drawings, and illustrations by this important American artist and storyteller, this 90-minute film brings the creativity of Ward to life and illustrates his mastery of narrative without text. His work chronicles American life in the 20th century, and demonstrates his deep personal commitment to social justice and the plight of the workingman surrounding the years of the Great Depression. Written, narrated, and directed by Michael Maglaras of 217 Films. Featuring interviews with Ward’s daughter, Robin Ward Savage. 

In ten years of filmmaking, and by employing a concept which he originated — the idea of an “essay in film” — Michael has asked us to stop, look, appreciate, and recognize the importance of our collective American cultural life through films about artists as diverse as Marsden Hartley, John Marin and Lynd Ward, and events such as the world-changing 1913 Armory Show and the arts of the American Depression. 
All of these films are also available through Amazon at this link.  

Screening dates include:

February 10, 2016
O Brother Man: The Art and Life of Lynd Ward
Fairfield, Connecticut

February 20, 2016
O Brother Man: The Art and Life of Lynd Ward”
Columbus, Ohio

March 6, 2016
Enough to Live On: The Arts of the WPA”
Tyler Public Library — In conjunction with Smith County Historical Society and The Winners Circle. Tyler, Texas

March 31, 2016

O Brother Man: The Art and Life of Lynd Ward”
Georgetown Univeristy

Washington, D.C.

April 16, 2016 

Enough to Live On: The Arts of the WPA”
Old Greenbelt Theatre 
Greenbelt, Maryland

May 1, 2016
Enough to Live On: The Arts of the WPA”
Ludlow, Vermont

May 4, 2016
Enough to Live On: The Arts of the WPA”
Norwalk Community College
Norwalk, Connecticut
Special fundraiser for the Westport and Norwalk Historical Societies

September 23, 2016
Enough to Live On: The Arts of the WPA”
Fredonia, NY

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