Enough to Live On premiere at Providence Public Library

Director Michael Maglaras and Executive Producer Terri Templeton present a Rhode Island film premiere at PPL, Sunday, November 8

Enough to Live On: The Arts of the WPA

PROVIDENCE, RI – Providence Public Library is proud to host a Rhode Island premiere screening of the documentary film Enough to Live On: The Art of the WPA on Sunday, November 8 at 2:00 pm in its 3rd Floor Auditorium (150 Empire Street, Providence).

May 1935, as part of the great return-to-work effort known as the Works Progress Administration, President Franklin Roosevelt returned Americans back to work in the service of rebuilding a society staggering under the weight of the Great Depression. Enough to Live On: The Art of the WPA (Running Time 92 Minutes. Not Rated. 2015) celebrates the 80th anniversary of this epic undertaking and the Federal Arts Projects that using art, theatre, writing and music, reignited the soul of an America caught in the grip 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 President 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.

Enough to Live On was written, directed and narrated by Michael Maglaras. 217 Film’s Executive producer is Terri Templeton. Founded in 2003, 217 Films introduces a new audience to the rich history of the art of the American experience.

PPL is proud to have hosted two earlier films produced by this team. In 2012, they released a film about the father of the American graphic novel, Lynd Ward, titled “O Brother Man: The Art and Life of Lynd Ward.” A film celebrating the 100th anniversary of the Armory Show, “The Great Confusion: The 1913 Armory Show” was screened in May, 2014.

217 Films is based in Ashford, Connecticut.

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

(release from Providence Public Library)