Isaiah Zagar from IN A DREAM
Over the course of the next few weeks, we will be announcing screenings in Upstate New York, Oregon, San Francisco, Delaware, North Carolina, Toronto and England. Check back regularly for details.
In the meantime, catch up on some reviews from film festivals past:
The Philadelphia Inquirer
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 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.
Hardly of interest only to locals, Zagar’s film on his father Isaiah – the artist responsible for the city’s ubiquitous and otherworldly mosaic murals – is a work of art itself.
The beauty and brilliance of Isaiah’s mosaics is matched by the film’s vibrant color and brilliant editing and music. This film touched me on such a personal level, taking me on a journey into my own human condition while inspiring the creative within and leaving me with a renewed passion for life. The film has won in the Emerging Visions category at this year’s festival and is the best film I have seen.
Hammer To Nail
Because the family decided to cooperate, and fully open themselves up, we are treated to an amazingly intimate portrait of a unique family struggling to make sense of life’s cruel twists.
Intimacy and emotion spill onto the screen – the art is brilliant and the musical score by The Books only adds to the film’s surreal, raw experience.
What follows for the Zagars is not only a testament to the power of love but also a heart-wrenching tale about a family in crisis. For my technically savvy readers, Jeremiah employed a variety of stocks, including 35mm, to create a complicated visual tapestry that matches the complicated artwork and emotions of the story.