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I can't think of a better day, Inauguration Day, to launch a film celebrating the arts in America
highlighting what Mark Twain described as our Gilded Age.
Independent filmmakers Michael Maglaras and Terri Templeton of 217 Films announce the premiere of their new film project - their seventh in twelve years and their sixth "essay in film" - highlighting works in the collection of the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts from what Mark Twain described as "The Gilded Age."
The film is titled "America Rising: The Arts of the Gilded Age" and will premiere at the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts on January 20th.
"I can't think of a better day, Inauguration Day, to launch a film celebrating the arts in America
and highlighting our Gilded Age," said writer and director Michael Maglaras. "We use more than 87 classic American works of art from this period, including seven works in the collection of VMFA."
After the Civil War, American arts and American artists come into their own on the world stage. In painting, in sculpture, in architecture, and in music, America
finds its artistic soul and voice in the work created from the end of the Civil War through the first decade of the 20th century. Using the work of painters as diverse as Childe Hassam, Winslow Homer, Maurice Prendergast, and John Singer Sargent, as well as film footage of the era…including the only known footage of Mark Twain…"America Rising" creates a portrait of an America
reinventing itself, after the tragic events of the Civil War, as a major artistic force.
With the great public sculptures of Augustus Saint-Gaudens, such as the "Robert Gould Shaw Memorial" in Boston
(referred to in the film by Director
Maglaras as "the finest piece of memorial sculpture in America"), "America Rising" focuses on how the rise of the middle class and the even greater rising of industrialists like Henry Clay Frick and others contributed to an America
poised, through its art, to commemorate its past and invent its future.
"We're very pleased at VMFA to host this World Premiere. Each time Michael and Terri have brought one of their films to Richmond, the response from our membership and our community has been overwhelming," said Trent Nicholas, Media Programs Coordinator at VMFA.
View clips from the film at this link: https://vimeo.com/two17films
$8 General Admission / $5 Museum Members
More about 217 Films: 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." In 2013, they released "The Great Confusion: The 1913 Armory Show." Currently on tour is their latest film "Enough to Live On: The Arts of the WPA" celebrating the ways in which Franklin
Roosevelt used the arts to raise the spirits of the American people during the Great Depression.
The Sacramento Bee called Michael Maglaras a filmmaker of "Bergman-like gravitas." His films have been described as "virtuoso filmmaking" (National Gallery of Art) "alive and fresh" (Art New England) and "elegiac and insightful" (Naples Daily News). David
Berona, author of "Wordless Books" has said of "O Brother
Man" ... "This film is stunning." A recent review in The Dartmouth said of "The Great Confusion" that "Michael Maglaras... brought the drama of the original show back to life."