217 Films to Hold the World Premiere of “Enough to Live On: The Arts of the WPA” at the New Britain Museum of American Art

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Connecticut Filmmakers Michael Maglaras and Terri Templeton of 217 Films will hold the world premiere of their 6th film “Enough to Live On: The Arts of the WPA,” on May 14 at at the New Britain Museum of American Art. Excerpts from the film can be viewed at this link: https://vimeo.com/two17films.

Detail: Life of Action, Carl W. Peters, 1937. Mural. Photography: Fotowerks/St. Clair Photo Imaging, Rochester, NY

'Enough to Live On' celebrates the 80th anniversary of the WPA & the initiatives that put artists, writers, musicians, & actors on the federal payroll & back to work, as a part of our nation's recovery from the effects of the Great Depression.

When Franklin Roosevelt created the Works Progress Administration (the WPA) in May of 1935, he wanted to use the arts in America to help lift us out of the Great Depression. In May 2015, at the New Britain Museum of American Art, a new film will celebrate the amazing arts of the WPA that helped us rebuild our society after the great crash of 1929.

On May 14, Connecticut filmmakers Michael Maglaras and Terri Templeton of 217 Films return to NBMAA for the world premiere of their new film release “Enough to Live On: The Arts of the WPA.” This will be the sixth premiere at NBMAA for these great American filmmakers.

“Enough to Live On” celebrates the 80th anniversary of the Works Progress Administration and the Federal Art Project; the New Deal initiatives that put artists, writers, musicians, and actors on the federal payroll and back to work, as a part of our nation’s recovery from the effects of the Great Depression.

Featuring more than 70 works of art from this period, including notable works by Rockwell Kent, Dorothea Lange, Stuart Davis, and Reginald Marsh, as well as rare footage of WPA artists at work, this film tells the story of how Franklin Roosevelt and the New Deal moved art in America out of the rarified atmosphere of the elite and brought it directly to the American people as an inspiration and catalyst for change and recovery in the 1930s.

Excerpts from the film can be viewed at this link: https://vimeo.com/two17films.

The next stop for this film is the Smithsonian American Art Museum. Screening dates are being added frequently and the tour will continue through 2015. The full schedule can be viewed at this link: http://two17filmsschedule.blogspot.com.

WHAT: World Premiere of 217 Films’ “Enough to Live On: The Arts of the WPA”
A special red carpet event.

WHEN: Thursday, May 14 at 6:00 PM (5:30 PM reception)

WHERE: New Britain Museum of American Art, 56 Lexington St., New Britain, Connecticut

COST: Tickets $20 Members | $25 Non-Members (Reservations are required. Seating is limited.)

FMI: Heather Whitehouse, TEL: 860-229-0257 Ext. 203, whitehouseh(at)nbmaa(dot)org

On the Web:
217 Films: http://www.two17films.com
New Britain Museum of American Art: http://www.nbmaa.org
Excerpts from the film: https://vimeo.com/two17films

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