New Documentary “Enough to Live On: The Arts of the WPA” Screening

MOUNT HOLLY, VERMONT In May 1935, as part of the great return-to-work effort known as the Works Progress Administration (the WPA) President Franklin Delano Roosevelt brought Americans back to work in the service of the rebuilding of a society staggering under the weight of the Great Depression.

Under the Federal Art Project of the WPA, these workers included artists, writers, actors, and musicians: for FDR believed that in order to lift ourselves out of economic stagnation we would also need to rebuild the culture of America at the grass roots level.

On Sunday, May 1, the Mount Holly Town Library and The Book Nook will co-sponsor a screening of “Enough to Live On: The Arts of the WPA” at the Mount Holly School.    

Independent filmmakers Michael Maglaras and Terri Templeton of 217 Films will introduce the film and take questions following the screening. 

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:

Screening of 217 Films’ “Enough to Live On:  The Arts of the WPA”
Director Michael Maglaras and executive producer Terri Templeton will introduce the film and take questions following the screening.   Co-sponsored by Mount Holly Town Library and The Book Nook. 

Sunday, May 1
4:00 PM

Mount Holly School
150 School St.
Mount Holly, Vermont

Free and open to the public

802-259-3707  (Mount Holly Library)

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) "elegiac and insightful" (Naples Daily News) "unforgettable" (Journal of American History) and “comparable to that of the widely acclaimed Ken Burns” (New Britain Herald). David Berona, author of “Wordless Books,” said of “O Brother Man” "This film is stunning." Judith Regan of Sirius XM called it "magnificent." The Dartmouth’s review of “The Great Confusion” noted “Michael Maglaras brought the drama of the original show back to life." Library Journal called it “An excellent analysis of an event that changed the art world.” The Blue Paper called Maglaras’s film on the arts of the WPA “a wonderful celebration of America, her people, and her possibilities.” Matt Hinrichs wrote “The only thing better than this documentary would be for the WPA itself to come back.”  Maglaras was recently featured in a full-length interview on Conversations from Penn State on Public Television.

Event date: 
Sunday, May 1, 2016 - 4:00pm to 6:00pm
Event address: 
Mount Holly School
150 School St.
Mount Holly, VT 05758