1. 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). This clip features the importance of the Index of American Design…part of the WPA Federal Art Project from 1935 until 1943. More than 300 artists created over 20,000 watercolor renderings of classic American design, including furniture, textiles, fashion, and everyday objects, all with the idea that, through the auspices of the Federal Art Project, an important part of America’s cultural heritage would be preserved, while at the same time skilled draftsmen and artists would be employed at a time when jobs for artists were scarce in America.

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  2. Writer/director Michael Maglaras of 217 Films discusses two WPA-era murals by Carl W. Peters used in his new film “Enough to Live On: The Arts of the WPA” scheduled for release in May of 2015.

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  3. In celebration of the 100th anniversary of the art show that introduced America to the idea of “Modern Art,” 217 Films released “The Great Confusion: The 1913 Armory Show” in September, 2013. This excerpt from the film features the work of Paul Gauguin and includes a reading from his memoir of life in Tahiti, “Noa Noa.” “The Great Confusion” is written, directed, and narrated by Michael Maglaras.

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  4. Trailer for 217 Films' documentary on Lynd Ward, the acknowledged father of the American graphic novel and one of the most prolific graphic artists, book illustrators, and printmakers in the history of American art. A brilliant storyteller and engraver in wood, Lynd Ward was also a man with a deep social conscience. His works are a chronicle of American life in the 20th century. "O Brother Man" will feature more than 150 wood engravings, drawings, and illustrations by this important American artist and storyteller. Premiered April 2012. FMI visit two17films.com

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  5. "Visible Silence: Marsden Hartley, Painter and Poet" features 43 of Hartley's paintings and drawings as well as many photographs from his early youth to his final years. Drawing heavily from Hartley's little-known poetical works, this documentary, a deeply personal statement by Michael Maglaras, captures the essence of Hartley - long considered one of the most important American painters of the first half of the 20th century. "Visible Silence" is the first documentary ever made about this Maine-born painter. Written, narrated, and directed by Michael Maglaras of 217 Films. 2008. two17films.com

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217 Films is an independent film company devoted to the American artistic experience, founded by filmmaker Michael Maglaras. The Sacramento Bee called Michael Maglaras a film maker of "Bergman-like gravitas." His films have been described as "virtuoso…


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217 Films is an independent film company devoted to the American artistic experience, founded by filmmaker Michael Maglaras. The Sacramento Bee called Michael Maglaras a film maker of "Bergman-like gravitas." His films have been described as "virtuoso filmmaking" (National Gallery of Art) "alive and fresh" (Art New England) "elegiac and insightful" (Naples Daily News) and "unforgettable" (Journal of American History). David Berona, author of "Wordless Books" has said of "O Brother Man" --"This film is stunning" and Judith Regan of Sirius XM called it "magnificent." A recent review in The Dartmouth said of "The Great Confusion" that "Michael Maglaras...brought the drama of the original show back to life." Mike Holtzclaw said in the Daily Press, "For anyone who enjoys art, this is an eye opening film." two17films.com

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