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217 Films - Michael Maglaras and Terri Templeton

February 19, 2010 10:02 ET

217 Films' "John Marin: Let the Paint be Paint!" Makes Massachusetts Debut

GLOUCESTER, MA--(Marketwire - February 19, 2010) - In December, 217 Films' new documentary "John Marin: Let the Paint be Paint!" made its world premiere in two sold out shows at the Portland Museum of Art in Portland, Maine. On March 21, independent filmmakers Michael Maglaras and Terri Templeton will bring this film to the Cape Ann Community Cinema in Gloucester, Massachusetts.

Written, narrated and directed by Michael Maglaras, "John Marin: Let the Paint be Paint!" tells the story of one of the most important artistic figures of the first half of the 20th century, and the undisputed father of American Modernism. Utilizing more than 70 of Marin's paintings, drawings, and etchings, including works in the private collection of the Marin estate which have seldom been exhibited, Maglaras tells the story of Marin's life, from his beginnings in New Jersey, and his early experiments in watercolor, to his days at Cape Split in Down East Maine, where, with his late oils, he established himself as one of the preeminent masters of American art.

Some of Marin's early trips to Maine included stops in Massachusetts to paint, which resulted in some distinguished works including the important watercolor Region Rowe, Massachusetts, painted in 1918, now part of the collection at the Colby College Museum of Art.

Marin's work is featured prominently in Massachusetts-based collections. An important watercolor called In the Adirondacks is in the collection of the Harvard University Art Museum. A later oil, Movement - Sea and Sky, painted in 1946, is at the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston and is featured in the film.

"John Marin: Let the Paint be Paint!" follows Marin's development as a man and as an artist, from his early years as a young architect struggling with his own artistic identity, to his first moments of self-discovery as an etcher and painter, to his final years as the painter and man (in his eighties) whose unending quest for the new never ceased, and who served as the creative example to painters as diverse as Mark Rothko and Jackson Pollock.

What: Massachusetts debut of the new documentary "John Marin: Let the Paint be Paint!" Director Michael Maglaras will introduce the film.

When: Sunday, March 21 at 2:00pm

Where: Cape Ann Community Cinema, 21 Main Street, 2nd Floor, Gloucester, Massachusetts

FMI: 978-309-8448 -

Admission: $9 Adults / $7.50 Seniors / $6 Members

Excerpts from the film are available to view at this link:

A national tour is planned for 2010. Next stops for this film include:

May 27: New Britain Museum of American Art -- New Britain, Connecticut

June 23: Stonington Opera House -- Stonington, Maine

Aug. 7: Schoodic Arts Festival -- Winter Harbor, Maine

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