217 Films is an independent film company devoted to the American artistic experience.
In 2005, Michael Maglaras and Terri Templeton released their first film “Cleophas and His Own” about the American painter Marsden Hartley's epic narrative of love and loss. Maglaras both directed and played the role of Hartley in this film.
In 2008, they released a second film about Hartley called “Visible Silence: Marsden Hartley, Painter and Poet” – the first-ever documentary on the life of Hartley.
In 2010, with their film “John Marin: Let the Paint be Paint!” they established, through the first full-length documentary on this important painter, that John Marin was one of the fathers of American Modernism. These films, among other distinctions, have been shown to acclaim at the National Gallery of Art in Washington, D.C.
In 2012, they released “O Brother Man: The Art and Life of Lynd Ward.” “The Great Confusion: The 1913 Armory Show” was released in September 2013 and is currently on tour across the United States.
Their sixth film “Enough to Live On: The Arts of the WPA” will be released in 2015.