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    Boston: 2 Screenings Down, 3 To Go

    July 5th, 2009
    Isaiah and Julia Zagar from the film "In A Dream"

    Julia and Isaiah Zagar from the film "IN A DREAM"

    In A Dream’s friday night screening at the MFA in Boston was fantastic. Despite it being the day before July 4th, there was still a large and wonderfully engaged crowd at the theater. This morning there was another screening and there are three more in the next seven days for those that spent the holiday weekend out-of-town or otherwise occupied.

    The remaining screening schedule is below:
    Thursday, July 9th, 12:30pm
    Saturday, July 11th, 12pm
    Sunday, July 12th, 10:15am

    Buy tickets and then RSVP on Facebook.

    Laura Bennett of The Boston Globe ran a great review of the film on Friday. We’ve excerpted a piece of it below:

    The streets of Isaiah Zagar’s South Philadelphia neighborhood are flush with mosaic: giddy sweeps of tessellated color that swallow whole stretches of wall. For decades, Zagar has blanketed surfaces with tiles, mirror shards, glasswork, bicycle spokes – explosive constellations unfurled from a delirious brain. “In a Dream,’’ a documentary directed by his youngest son, Jeremiah, is a love story between a man and his art, a man and his wife, and, in a way, between father and son. Jeremiah Zagar doesn’t sugarcoat his father’s infinite narcissism and social eccentricities, but he paints a tender and sensitive portrait of a modern-day Don Quixote trapped in his own grand, wifty delusions.

    Isaiah looks like a mad prophet, with his furrowed face and woolly beard. He spouts lofty pronouncements about art and life and his quest for creative glory. “I was his reality base,’’ says Julia, Isaiah’s sweet, earthy wife of 43 years. “And he was my bird. He flew around.’’ But the whimsical plot darkens as Ezekiel, their moony eldest son, wrestles with drug addiction, and Isaiah reveals that he has been having an affair with his assistant. Jeremiah Zagar captures some remarkably intimate footage. We see Julia’s eyes brim when she learns of Isaiah’s infidelity, and we hear Isaiah lash out at his mistress in a moment of scathing regret.

    Through it all, Isaiah sketches Julia’s face compulsively in his notebook and paints her name on the tiles in his garden. And when Ezekiel returns from rehab, Isaiah says, “No matter what happens to Zeke, he’s part of my art world.’’ Even his loved ones are bright trinkets in the landscape of his imagination.

    Read the rest.


    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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