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    In A Dream @ The Academy

    September 15th, 2009

    The Academy

    There’s a free screening coming up of In A Dream at the Linwood Dunn Theater on September 30th. The film is being shown as part of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences’ 28th annual contemporary documentaries showcase and we’re honored to be chosen as the opening night film, along with last year’s Oscar winner Man on Wire.

    It’s free so no excuses. We’ll see you there. And bring your friends.

    Wednesday, September 30th @ 7pm
    Linwood Dunn Theater
    1313 Vine Street
    Hollywood, CA 90028

    See The Art, Meet Isaiah & Julia

    August 19th, 2009

    Now that In A Dream has premiered on HBO2 and is available for all to see OnDemand, the next step is to see the art & meet the artists.

    There’s a great opportunity for that this weekend in New York. HBO is hosting a special screening of the film at the Brooklyn Museum. Isaiah will have an installation on display and the Zagars—Isaiah, Julia and director Jeremiah—will be taking part in a post-screening Q&A.

    Attendance is FREE. Just make sure to RSVP to ensure a seat will be available for you.

    The next thing to do is visit Philadelphia’s Magic Gardens at 1020 South Street. Much of the film takes place here but there’s nothing like seeing it in person. They offer tours, mosaic workshops and one can even rent out the space for private events.

    And if you can’t make it in person, you can always bring the art to you via their online store. Enjoy!

    Museum of Fine Arts Boston

    July 1st, 2009

    In A Dream screens five times from July 3rd to the 12th

    In A Dream opens this Friday, July 3rd at the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston. We began this film while going to school in the area—Emerson College & Boston University—so it is exciting to finally show the film in town.

    The full screening schedule is below:
    Friday, July 3rd, 8pm (director, producer & subjects in attendence)
    Sunday, July 5th, 2pm
    Thursday, July 9th, 12:30pm
    Saturday, July 11th, 12pm
    Sunday, July 12th, 10:15am

    Buy tickets and then RSVP on Facebook.

    Gerald Peary’s Boston Phoenix review is out today.

    For seven years, Jeremiah Zagar has had the camera rolling as his hippie parents keep their symbiotic marriage afloat — though Isaiah, his fragile painter dad, teeters on the edge of lunacy. Julia, the doting wife, stands by while Isaiah, a bearded, red-eyed Old Testament prophet, sublimates his semi-madness into obsessive art.

    He’s pledged to transform South Philadelphia, the cheese-steak capital, into a mosaic-covered palace. So far, he’s rehabbed seven eroding buildings; they’re now, every inch, a bejeweled, broken-mirror mosaic land, basement to attic. Tourists go wild!

    All of this is weird but harmless, but then a house-wrecking young thing enters the picture. Zagar, the brave son, keeps filming as his bold, visionary dad turns out to have feet of clay. There are lots of filmmakers out there making documentaries about their parents. In a Dream is one of the most unusual, and most probing and honest.

    The reviewer is a filmmaker himself. Below is his trailer for For The Love of Movies: The Story of American Film Criticism.

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    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.

    The Chosen Film

    April 15th, 2009
    Extended through April 23rd!

    Extended through April 23rd!

    First things first: In A Dream has been extended at the Cinema Village in New York City through April 23rd. Thank you to everyone who came out and made the opening weekend a success. Please spread the word and let your friends know the film is still in theaters through the weekend and into next week.

    Next: In A Dream, as some of you may know, is about a Jewish family. The Jewish press have been paying attention and a review by George Robinson was published today in The Jewish Week.

    My late mother-in-law had a saying: “Who knows what goes on with couples?”

    She would have loved “In a Dream,” a new documentary now playing at Cinema Village. The film traces the lives of a seemingly happy Jewish artsy-bohemian family, as told by the youngest son, filmmaker Jeremiah Zagar. And two-thirds of the way through the film, everything – and everyone – starts to fall apart. Mind you, in a film in which all the family members seem unusually proud of dad’s eccentricities (which include being a victim of sexual molestation as a boy and a stint in a mental hospital as a young husband), the seeming disintegration is less than totally unexpected.

    What is a surprise, though, is how warm, funny and, finally, affirmative “In a Dream” turns out to be.

    And lets not forget the great Jewish Exponent article from Michael Elkin the other week:

    The Moses of mosaics, with South Street his Sinai, Isaiah Zagar, zigging while other artists zag, has also broken a commandment or two.No burning bushes to bemoan, but a number of burned bridges by an artist whose creativity has also cratered his own life, beset by beauties and beasts, and brushes with the bathetic, as well as greatness.

    All of which suffuses his son’s moving movie — and reverie of remembrances — “In a Dream,” a commanding and iconic inquest into the heart and art of his famously familiar father, whose mosaics molt and meld Philadelphia history from every shingle and roof from which they hang.

    “In a way,” says son Jeremiah, “Philadelphia has always been his Promised Land.”

    And he lives up to his own promise as fine filmmaker in this stunning work, already the recipient of a cavalcade of acclaim and applause, as well as festival awards — and seven years in the making.

    Read the rest. And remember, In A Dream opens this Friday, April 17th in Philadelphia, San Francisco & Athens, GA. More soon…

    Bradford Int’l Film Festival

    March 19th, 2009


    In A Dream screens tonight at the Bradford International Film Festival in West Yorkshire, UK. From the program:

    We are proud to showcase a duo of “personal” documentaries from the USA at this year’s BIFF – see also Kurt Kuenne’s Dear Zachary – both of which have achieved enormous critical and audience acclaim on the global film festival circuit in recent months.

    Of the two, however, only one made it onto the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Science’s 15-strong shortlist for the Best Documentary Oscar – alongside heavy hitters such as Werner Herzog (BIFF 2009 selection Encounters at the End of the World), Errol Morris (Standard Operating Procedure) and James Marsh (Man On Wire) – namely Jeremiah Zagar’s delicately beautiful family chronicle In a Dream.

    On one level, the film, which has picked up awards and honours at half a dozen American festivals so far, is a loving tribute to the director’s father Isaiah, the eccentric artist responsible for the ubiquitous, ethereal, outsize mosaic/murals (“crazy-quilt images of people, often the artist himself, shards of shattered mirror, cracked crockery, bottles, bicycles”) which adorn walls in certain downtown corners of his native Philadelphia.

    But there’s much more going on here than merely a series of beautiful images capturing Zagar Sr’s hypnotic, alluring artworks – though the film’s visuals are astonishing in their limpid clarity. What emerges is a startling and turbulent family chronicle involving both of the director’s parents, plus his elder brother Zeke. It’s a work of remarkable intelligence, tact and grace – especially considering that this is Zagar Jr’s very first feature-length work.

    In the words of Philadelphia Inquirer critic Steven Rea, the film “captures a family imploding. Their lives are laid bare, in broken bits, like the ceramic that Isaiah uses for his art, and they come together in In a Dream with sadness and beauty, rage and insight.”

    Date & Time:
    Thursday, March 19th @ 4:30pm in the Cubby Broccoli Cinema

    Jury Award for Best Documentary

    March 5th, 2009

    Salem Best of Fest

    In A Dream was awarded the jury prize last night for Best Documentary at the Salem Film Festival. From the press release:

    Zagar, who attended Emerson College, began shooting the film when he was 19 years old. Seven years later, it is a hauntingly beautiful glimpse at artistic genius and the toll it can take on the loved ones living within the art, as the family home is literally covered by azure blue tiles and mosaics.

    “The film offers viewers the rare opportunity to observe what makes a talented artist tick,” says Juror Jennifer Evans, Manager of Adult Public Programs at Peabody Essex Museum, “and to see what it means to live with someone so focused on his art. I found it inspiring and very well made. It probes into the essence of art, of madness, of family, sexuality and sexual abuse. The information isn’t forced on the viewer or manipulated for effect — it is just there. The film is honest, sometimes painfully so, and never tries to cover the most difficult truths.”

    “It is one of the best films about an artist that I have ever seen,” says Juror Kereth Cowe-Spigai, manager and film programmer at CinemaSalem. “It was beautifully shot and the editing was superb. If anything, the technical aspects put it over the top, as all our finalists were compelling stories.”

    The film is touring the festival circuit and dates are set for a theatrical release in the spring. For more information, visit http://www.inadreammovie.com

    A best of fest screening has been scheduled for this evening at 5:30pm.

    Salem, MA & Toronto

    February 24th, 2009

    Salem Film Festival

    In A Dream screens this Friday as part of the Mixed Greens year-round series, an off-shoot of the Planet in Focus Environmental Film Festival.

    It will be showing at the Gardiner Museum in Toronto.

    Mixed Greens Dates & Times:
    Friday, February 27th @ 6:45pm

    The film will also be screening this week and next at the Salem Film Festival in Salem, MA. Kristin D’Agostino from the Salem Gazette wrote about the film:
    When he first began shooting, Jeremiah Zagar, 27, intended to use his film camera as a means of getting to know his father Isaiah, famous in Philadelphia for creating breathtakingly unique mosaics on many of the city’s buildings.
    In the seven years it took to film “In a Dream,” Zagar got much more than he bargained for. The documentary, playing next week at the second annual Salem Film Fest, gives viewers an inside glimpse of Isaiah Zagar’s tortured mind, as his son uncovers secrets never before revealed to his family.

    Read the whole article.

    Salem Film Festival Dates & Times:
    Saturday, February 28th @ 9:30pm
    Wednesday, March 4th @ 7:45pm

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    Stamford, CT

    January 14th, 2009

    In A Dream in Connecticut

    In A Dream is screening tonight at the Avon Theatre in Stamford, Connecticut as part of the Documentary Night series.

    Date & Time:
    Wednesday, January 14th @ 7:00pm

    Austin Film Society Documentary Tour

    December 13th, 2008

    Julia & Isaiah Zagar from In A Dream

    Julia & Isaiah Zagar from "In A Dream"

    From the Austin Chronicle feature story Fractured Family Tales by Anne S. Lewis:

    When Jeremiah Zagar was a film student at Emerson College in 1999, his mom, Julia, suggested he make a film about his dad, Isaiah Zagar, the legendary Philadelphia mosaic artist who, since the late Sixties, has been chronicling the twists, turns, and quirks of his interior life on more than 50,000 feet of that city’s South Street walls. This seemed an excellent idea to Zagar fils, who at the time thought he knew the trajectory of a film about the artistically driven dad that he, Mom, and brother Ezekiel (biblical prophet namesakes all) loved and revered. Wrong. Dad’s story, it turns out, bore more a resemblance to his labyrinthine, Keith Haring-esque murals than his son had any reason to suspect.

    Read the rest and then come see the film @ The Alamo Ritz as part of the Austin Film Society Documentary Tour.

    Date & Time:
    Wednesday, December 17th @ 7:00pm

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