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    The Village Voice

    April 8th, 2009

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    In A Dream comes out this Friday @ The Cinema Village in New York. Among the major local papers, The Village Voice was first out of the gate with a full review. And it’s a good one.

    An excerpt from Aaron Hillis‘ review:

    Where most documentarians would rest on the laurels of a great subject and riveting present-tense drama, director Jeremiah Zagar has observed too much of his father’s creative logic to cheat us with artless hagiography. In dreamily paced tracking shots, macro close-ups, time-lapse glimpses of Isaiah’s processes (the raking together of paint and cement is especially satisfying), archival footage, and animation, In a Dream exhibits as much beauty and sensuality as Isaiah’s work, while the unabashedly personal nature of the filmmaker-subject dynamic is as candid about familial madness as Tarnation, and captures more insight than those Friedmans did.

    Read the rest and then pre-order tickets for opening weekend!


    Short but Sweet

    April 2nd, 2009

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    Review from the industry bible Variety:

    Planning a short about his eccentric artist father, Isaiah, filmmaker Jeremiah Zagar saw the project expand to feature length over almost a decade’s lensing as their “perfect family” experienced a series of internal crises. Resulting docu is an involving, sometimes painfully intimate piece that’s as much about living with mental illness as it is about a rather remarkable artistic vision. Still playing fests, this well-crafted effort begins a limited rollout April 10; HBO broadcast is slated for later this year.

    Julia Zagar views her marital dynamics with “crazy, self-absorbed but amiable” Philly artist Isaiah thus: “I was his reality base and he was my bird. He flew around.” After a suicide attempt and brief institutionalization at age 29, Isaiah found his life’s work creating dazzling murals of tile, mirror, paint and embedded objects, many covering whole alleys and buildings. But Isaiah’s idiosyncrasies — some likely spurred by childhood molestation — can be difficult. After 43 years with Julia, he announces he’s redirecting his passion to an assistant/mistress just as their eldest son experiences a major meltdown. Handsome package is abetted by some simple animation and a good soundtrack.

    The limited rollout Variety refers to has grown a bit since our last posting. Latest theatrical dates are below:

    New York, NY
    The Cinema Village
    Starting Friday, April 10th
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    Philadelphia, PA
    Landmark Ritz at the Bourse
    Starting Friday, April 17th
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    San Francisco, CA
    The Roxie
    Starting Friday, April 17th
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    Athens, GA

    Ciné
    Starting Friday, April 17th
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    Bozeman, MT
    The Procrastinator Theatre
    Thursday, April 23rd – Tuesday, April 28th

    Los Angeles, CA
    Laemmle Music Hall
    Starting Friday, April 24th

    Santa Fe, NM
    Center for Contemporary Arts
    Starting Friday, May 1st

    Salt Lake City, UT
    The Tower Theatre
    Starting Friday, May 8th