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    Fight The Stigma & BU

    January 25th, 2009

    In A Dream screens this week as part of the 19th annual Fight The Stigma Mental Health Benefit in Athens, Georgia. Proceeds from the box office will go to Mental Health America of Northeast Georgia.

    The film will screen at the Ciné.

    Dates & Times:
    Tuesday, January 27th @ 7:00pm
    Thursday, January 29th @ 7:00pm


    In A Dream will also screen at Boston University as part of the BU Cinematheque series along with excellent short work from Galen Summer & Hillary Spera.

    BU welcomes back three film graduates living in New York, and collaborating artistically. The center event is an unforgettable, prize-winning documentary which Yaches produced. “In a Dream” is Jeremiah Zagar’s haunting documentary about his father, a visionary artist, perhaps somewhat mad, who has covered 50,000 feet of Philadelphia with his mosaic murals.

    Summer and Spera will show their short works, completed after leaving Boston University.

    Date & Time:
    Friday, January 30th @ 7:00pm
    in the College of Communication @ BU, 640 Commonwealth Avenue (Room B-05)

    Cinema Eye Honors / Berlin

    January 20th, 2009

    IN A DREAM Nominated

    The nominations for the 2nd annual Cinema Eye Honors were announced yesterday at the Sundance Film Festival in Park City, UT. Hosted by AJ Schnack and Thom Powers, the Cinema Eyes are a new force in the independent film establishment aimed at celebrating the talent and craft behind non-fiction filmmaking.

    In A Dream was nominated in two categories: Outstanding Achievement in Music Composition for Kelli Scarr & Best Debut Feature for Jeremiah Zagar.

    Winners will be announced at a ceremony in New York City on March 29th, 2009.


    Also of note is In A Dream’s final screening this week as part of the month-long Unknown Pleasures Film Festival at the Babylon Theater in Berlin.

    Date & Time:
    Friday, January 23rd @ 6:00pm

    This guy liked it so go see it.

    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

    Coming Soon

    January 5th, 2009


    To date, In A Dream has only been available to see at film festivals and small one-off screenings. Leo Goldsmith caught the movie at Rooftop Films this past summer and just yesterday published what begins as a year-in-review piece that transitions abruptly into a rave.

    Ironically, the article is from a website called “Not Coming Soon to a Theater Near You.” Happily, in regards to In A Dream, that description does not necessarily apply. Stay tuned…

    This is where most documentaries end—and where In a Dream begins. Even the film’s title alludes to this: as Julia notes, “For years, we were living in a dream,” and awakening from this dream, this solipsistic vision of the artist’s wholeness and mastery of his world is a process that takes up the film’s devastating second half. With sons grown up and away from the family circle, Isaiah refocusing his art on himself, commences an affair with an assistant, and progressively isolates himself, his bravado inflating to monstrous, magus-like proportions before deflating into a kind of physical and emotional paralysis. With the intricate textures and mounting tension of the Books’ musical score, it’s an astonishing and cruel metamorphosis to watch, but it’s also one of the most intimate portraits of depression I’ve ever seen on film and one of the great stories of mid-life crisis. This would seem to minimize the film’s effects somewhat, but In a Dream’s great strength is its often uncomfortable intimacy, its commitment not only to the ideal of Isaiah the artist but also the reality of Isaiah the father and husband.

    Read the whole thing.

    German Dream

    January 4th, 2009
    In A Dream in BERLIN

    IN A DREAM in Berlin

    2009. It’s a brand new year and on January 1st a new festival launched in Berlin called Unknown Pleasures: American Independent Film Fest. In A Dream is among the 22 selections of the festival along with The Wrestler, Ballast, Medicine For Melancholy, Momma’s Man, & Nights & Weekends.

    In A Dream screens at the festival for the first time today and it will be shown twice more over the course of the month.

    Dates and times:
    Sunday, January 4th @ 6:00pm
    Monday, Janaury 12th @ 8:15pm
    Friday, January 23rd @ 6:00pm

    All screenings will be held at the Babylon Theater. We can’t be there, unfortunately, but would love to hear how it went. Let us know.

    UPDATE 1/7/09:

    From the English language ExBerliner: American Indies at Babylon

    It’s harder and harder to find American independent, arthouse, or experimental films in German cinemas. During the reign of the infamous W., it’s become unfashionable among the intellectual elite (to which devoted cineastes believe they belong) to like anything American. The cineplexes have been filled with every German film there is, despite the fact that much of this heavily subsidized cinema would be better off at a student festival. This American indie festival is proving to be a lone light in the darkness. Films like Ballast (by Lance Hammer) – repercussions of a suicide unfolding slowly, testing your patience, but sticking in your mind, love it or hate it – are the kind of stuff you can’t look up on the IMDb. More mainstream (and a discussion of what’s an independent film can take whole post-screening evenings) is Darren Aronofsky’s new film The Wrestler, not the masterwork many people make it out to be, but at least you’ll be able to see it here way before it’s general release in February. A must-see is In a Dream:  Jeremiah Zagar’s film about his artist parents is an intriguing, beautifully photographed documentary gem.