June 29th, 2009
A review from the Sun-Times by Bill Stamets:
“In a Dream” is filmmaker Jeremiah Zagar’s documentary portrait of his father. Although the father scatters allusions to his muses and demons in his artworks, the son composes this poetic biopic with more legible through-lines about his passions. “In a Dream” reveals that Jeremiah inherited Isaiah’s aesthetic of delicacy. Both artists delight in small illuminating details.
Instead of dwelling on his father’s career as an outsider artist, Zagar delivers an insider look into a past that includes boyhood sexual encounters with a fisherman, a suicide attempt and a stint in a mental hospital. Meanwhile, during the film’s six-year shoot, Zagar’s older brother goes into rehab. When their father reveals his infidelity, their mother kicks him out. “In a Dream” turns into a chronicle of a creative family in crisis.
The film is still playing at the Gene Siskel Film Center. There are three days left! Go see it.
June 11th, 2009
In A Dream opens tomorrow at the Northwest Film Forum in Seattle, WA. It plays all week and you can purchase tickets right here.
The film was also reviewed today by Norm Schrager from AMC Film Critic. An excerpt:
Like any incisive documentary filmmaker, Jeremiah is able to record the difficult and extract the unexpected. It’s a skill tougher than it seems, and keeps both audience and subjects on their toes. During an early interview, Isaiah blurts out information about a suicide attempt from roughly 40 years earlier. When his son gently digs deeper, dad admits he didn’t expect such a grave fact would appear so early in the process.
Zagar’s strong approach is coupled with that zinger of a visual style (including original animation, by the way), and some spooky music by a pair of innovative guys called The Books. The whole thing is an artistic celebration of sorts — with the emotional pain that can come with dedication, and maybe a little madness.
Read the entire article.