July 22nd, 2008
A Scene from In A Dream
*****UPDATE*****: According to Rooftop Films, advance tickets are sold out. Weather permitting, they will release 150 more tickets on Saturday for sale AT THE DOOR. Check www.rooftopfilms.com or call 718.417.7362 on Saturday for an update.
Date & Venue: Saturday, July 26th on the roof of the Old American Can Factory.
Address: 232 3rd Street at the corner of 3rd Avenue (Gowanus, Brooklyn).
8:00pm: Doors open
8:30pm: A live set from Kelli Scarr, composer of In A Dream’s score
9:00pm: In A Dream
10:30pm-2am: After party in the courtyard with free wine & cheap beer, DJs Dominique & Mike Krevolin
See you there.
July 19th, 2008
Host Frank Stasio
Frank Stasio of WUNC’s The State of Things talks with Isaiah & Julia Zagar—the subjects of In A Dream—as well as Jeremiah Zagar, the film’s director. The interview was recorded in the run up to the Full Frame Documentary Film Festival back in April and it is a very fun listen.
Link: The State of Things
July 14th, 2008
The following article appeared on the front page of the Sunday Morning Sentinel:
BY COLIN HICKEY
WATERVILLE — Film director Jeremiah Zagar relaxed sipping a margarita
outside of Railroad Square Cinema on Saturday, less than seven hours
removed from exposing his parents’ tumultuous relationship to a theater
full of strangers.
Zagar, 26, could hardly contain his enthusiasm.
He is excited rather than embarrassed, he said, because the story he tells
in the documentary “In a Dream” is a true depiction of a relationship, one
with every wart and blemish revealed.
(The second and final showing of the film is at 9:30 tonight at Waterville
But behind the pain and suffering, he said, is a greater truth, a love
story between a man and a woman who happen to be his parents.
The rest of the article is available here: Morning Sentinel
July 12th, 2008
An interview with Jeremiah Zagar is featured in this month’s Dazed & Cofused Magazine. The intro:
In a Dream, a documentary on the life of cult folk artist Isaiah Zagar, is one of the most affecting indie films you’re likely to see this year. Directed over the space of seven years by his son Jeremiah, it reveals the deep scars behind his iconic wall mosaics, taking in everything from childhood abuse and suicide attempts to paranoia and marital infidelity. Already a hit at American film festivals, Jeremiah talks exclusively about the emotional hurdles he and his family had to overcome in order to complete it.
You can read the entire interview here.
July 4th, 2008
In A Dream will be screening next weekend at the Maine International Film Festival.
Saturday, July 12th @ 6:30pm – Railroad Square Cinema
Sunday, July 13th @ 9:30pm – Waterville Opera House
We will be attending the screenings, as will Isaiah and Julia. Buy Tickets.
July 4th, 2008
Julia & Isaiah Zagar from the film "In A Dream"
In A Dream is a feature-length documentary directed by Jeremiah Zagar.
Synopsis: In the vibrant, bohemian neighborhood of South Philadelphia, 50,000-square feet of concrete are covered with tile and mirrors—mosaics that were created by Isaiah Zagar, an eccentric, tormented artist.
The murals chronicle his love for his wife, Julia, and subtly hint at the darker corners of an extraordinary imagination. Where Isaiah is obsessive and narcissistic—a former Peace Corps volunteer who has become an icon in South Philly’s art community—Julia is gracious and warm. For decades, their opposing natures complemented one another perfectly. But suddenly the family is torn apart at the seams: A few hours before picking up his oldest son from a rehabilitation center, Isaiah declares to the camera, “As people get older they have less and less passion.” He then confesses to an affair with his assistant, is kicked out of the house, and spirals into a debilitating, suicidal depression.
A fascinating portrait of love and betrayal, family bonds, and the intimacy of dysfunction. Shot on 35mm, Hi Def, digital video; with 8mm and 16mm home movie footage. The soundtrack features music by the Books, Explosions in the Sky, Efterklang, and Kelli Scarr.
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