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    Salt Lake City & Key West

    May 8th, 2009

    In A Dream opens today at the Tower Theatre in Salt Lake City, Utah and the Tropic Cinema in Key West, Florida. It will play all week at both theaters.

    An excerpt from Sean P. Means review in the Salt Lake City Tribune:

    Jeremiah Zagar — who directed and co-edited the film, and shot much of the internal family footage — doesn’t shy away from the tougher questions about his father’s past, his parents’ relationship, and his mother’s willingness to bury her own dreams to support her husband’s unique vision. And, yet, his camera never feels intrusive or unwelcome, because Jeremiah’s presence makes the viewer a part of the family.

    As troubled as the Zagars’ family life is, the other marvel of “In a Dream” is how Jeremiah captures his father’s mosaics. Father and son have a lot in common; both of them take the small pieces of a chaotic life and turn them into something beautiful.

    Jeremiah and Executive Producer Geralyn White Dreyfous were interviewed by the paper. A brief excerpt:

    “You knew you were in the presence of somebody really original — and a discovery,” Dreyfous said.

    Dreyfous, executive director of the Salt Lake City Film Center, is bringing Jeremiah to Salt Lake City for tonight’s premiere — part of a 16-city tour of the film, before it debuts on HBO in August.

    Read the entire article.

    Extended in Santa Fe + Podcast

    May 6th, 2009


    In A Dream‘s run has been extended in Santa Fe at the Center for Contemporary Arts until Thursday, May 14th. If you haven’t seen it yet, now is the time to check it out.

    Mary-Charlotte from Santa Fe Radio Café interviewed Jeremiah Zagar last week and their conversation aired on Monday. You can hear the whole interview here. It’s a good one.

    Showtimes in Santa Fe, New Mexico.

    In A Dream opens in LA

    April 22nd, 2009
    Opens Friday, April 24th at the Laemmle Music Hall in Los Angeles

    Starts Friday, April 24th in Los Angeles

    IN A DREAM opens this Friday, April 24th in Los Angeles, CA at the Laemmle Music Hall. Director Jeremiah Zagar will be there for Q&A’s after the 7:20pm screenings and an introduction to the 9:45pm screenings on Friday and Saturday. Same goes for the 5:10 & 7:20 screenings on Sunday, April 26th.

    Plus, due to popular demand and your support, the film has been held over for one more week (at least) in Philly & San Francisco!


    April 16th, 2009

    In A Dream opens today at the Ritz at the Bourse in Philadelphia. The Inquirer featured director Jeremiah Zagar on the cover of the Magazine section for a story by Steven Rea called Family Film.

    An excerpt:

    NEW YORK – When Jeremiah Zagar was a chubby, awkward kid (his description – he’s neither anymore), he and his father, Isaiah, marched from their house on South Street to the Ritz to watch Terry Gilliam’s eye-popping fabulist fantasy, The Adventures of Baron Munchausen.

    Afterward, Jeremiah insisted they stay and watch it again. And again.

    Two decades and innumerous movie marathons later, Zagar has applied that same obsessive passion to his own films. In a Dream, his documentary feature debut, opens tomorrow at the Ritz at the Bourse after spending a year on the festival circuit, nabbing prizes from San Francisco to Woodstock, N.Y., Austin, Texas, to Philadelphia. In August, it premieres on HBO.

    Read the the whole article. And now an excerpt from the Inquirer review, also by Steven Rea:

    Isaiah Zagar’s art is all over Philadelphia’s South Street corridor. And his restless spirit – and painful secrets – are all over In a Dream, a stunning, deeply personal documentary portrait by the muralist’s youngest son, Jeremiah Zagar.

    Mixing old home movies, wonderful animated sequences derived from Isaiah’s art, and scenes of Isaiah at work, of Julia in agony, and of their eldest son, Zeke, grappling with his own demons, In a Dream captures a family in a state of implosion.

    The Zagars’ lives are laid bare, in broken bits, like the ceramic Isaiah uses for his art. And they come together in In a Dream in a mosaic of sadness and beauty, rage and insight.

    Jeremiah and his folks were also interviewed yesterday by Marty Moss-Coane on WHYY’s Radiotimes. You can hear the whole interview here.

    The Nerve

    April 8th, 2009

    Jeremiah sat down recently with Sarah Clyne Sundberg from Nerve.com for an in-depth interview. Here’s an excerpt:

    What was it like to ask about your father’s sexuality?
    It was exciting. It is important to see your parents as human beings and an exciting process for a child to go through. Parts were terrifying. It is important to know that your parents are as fragile as you and that you can achieve what they can achieve. Or less. They are your strength and your weakness.

    Had you seen the old Super-8 footage before?
    I’d never seen any of it. My father said, “I have seventeen books of slides in the closet” or “I think there are a couple of movies about us from the ’70s that people made.” He has 40,000 square feet [of art] that people see every day. But he has warehouses full that no one will ever see. He has notebooks with drawings stacked up to the ceiling. I can’t even explain to you. There are stacks and stacks of rolls of paintings.

    Read the whole interview.


    April 3rd, 2009

    In A Dream begins its ever-expanding theatrical run next week at the Cinema Village in New York. It starts FRIDAY, APRIL 10TH and will be playing every day until the 16th, perhaps a week longer or more if demand is high enough.

    Tickets are on-sale now and we suggest you pre-purchase some today: 12:50p, 2:30p, 4:20p, 6:15p, 8:00p, 10:00p. We look forward to seeing you all there.

    In the meantime, 34th Street Magazine from the University of Pennsylvania recently profiled Isaiah Zagar in their March 19th issue. It’s a very enlightening article that offers some background on what you’ll see in the film.

    An excerpt:

    Philadelphia’s Magic Gardens sneaks up on you. Walking past 1020 South St., you understand that although “garden” might be a misnomer, you’re not sure what else to call the place. While the epicenter of the project is located here, the mosaic murals cover 33 city blocks with multicolored tiles, thousands of mirror shards, bricks, bicycle wheels and arches made of glass bottles the color of sapphires and Heineken. It’s overwhelming — at once obviously broken and yet perfectly assembled. Stand in the Gardens and you become Alice, falling down the rabbit hole in the phantasmagoric world of artist Isaiah Zagar’s creation.

    One Friday afternoon in February, Zagar is at a private residence at 627 Kamball St. doing grout work on a mural in the backyard. At first glance he comes off as a cross between Doc from Back to the Future and Allen Ginsberg circa 1969 — he’s got a wild beard, a reflective, rambling way of speaking and a tendency toward constant motion. For a man who is almost 70 years old, Zagar moves with surprising agility. He refuses to sit still for an interview.

    Read the rest and check back soon for part four in our series about In A Dream’s music.

    All These Wonderful Things Interview

    December 19th, 2008


    AJ Schnack is conducting interviews with as many of this year’s documentarians as possible and posting them to his excellent, must-read blog All These Wonderful Things.

    Here is an excerpt from the interview with Jeremiah.

    ATWT: Of all the genres of nonfiction, the “film about my parents” always seems the most fraught with danger.  You run the risk of thinking that what’s interesting or damaging to you may not be so compelling to audiences.  But your father chose to be extraordinarily open for your camera.  Was there a point during his confessionals to you that convinced you that you had a feature length film on your hands or – knowing your parents – did you have a sense from the start?

    Jeremiah Zagar: I like to think of this film as a documentary love story that just so happens to be about my parents. In other words, the reason for making it was never personal. I started when I was 19 because my mother asked me to film my father — I think just because she felt we should spend more time together — and I did it because I trust her. I never expected it to amount to anything.

    Then about three months into shooting, I took my father down to West Virginia where he would be isolated from his work and from my mother. Here, he began to speak to the camera in a way he never had before. It was extremely intimate and funny and sometimes a bit terrifying. We were supposed to stay for ten days but after five my father couldn’t take it anymore and we drove home with thirteen hours of really good tape. I watched the footage over and over for the next three years, picking out my favorite moments and stories. What became clear from the footage to me and my producer Jeremy Yaches was that we could make some beautiful, surreal scenes using 35mm cutaways and that if we had a verité narrative arc maybe we could combine the surreal with the hyper real to create something exciting and hopefully new. So I went back to Philly often and shot my family, waiting for something to happen. And eventually something did.

    Read the whole thing.

    We also enjoyed the other interviews in the series so far: James Marsh from Man On Wire and Tia Lessin & Carl Deal from Trouble The Water.