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In A Dream
Directed by
Jeremiah Zagar
USA / 2008 / 78 minutes

Screening Times and Venues:
Upstate Films II
10/03/2008, 7PM
Woodstock Town Hall
10/05/2008, 11:15AM
It is a rare occurrence when a portrait is able to intimately capture both the public and private details of an artist on an equally grand scale. But when documentary filmmaker Jeremiah Zagar set out to make a portrait of his father Isaiah, a brilliant and prolific mosaic mural artist from Philadelphia, he never could have predicted the secrets he would uncover.

Quickly turning from a character study to an incredibly personal, powerful and stirring drama, "In a Dream" is an unparalleled visceral and emotional experience. Shot over the course of several years, Zagar's film is the kind of brutally honest and often beautiful look at a tumultuous time in his parents' marriage that only a son could have captured. Boasting beautiful widescreen cinematography and a haunting score, this most insightful of documentaries is a touching glimpse into the life of the world's most eclectic and ingenious large-scale artists. (Michael Lerman)

Director Jeremiah Zagar was born in South Philadelphia. The son of artists, he grew up a latchkey kid with shaky Jewish principles. When Jeremiah was eight years old, his father took him to see Terry Gilliam's "The Adventures of Baron Munchausen."

At age 19, he shot "Delhi House," a documentary about a hospital and orphanage in India. The short premiered at the 2002 Slamdance Film Festival and aired on PBS affiliates across the country.

Since then, Jeremiah has made three more award-winning short films: "The Unbelievable Truth," (WFF 2002) "Baby Eat Baby" and "Coney Island 1945." He has been a semifinalist for a student Academy Award and hopes to one day go to the actual Academy Awards.

A graduate of Emerson College, Zagar lives in Brooklyn, but his heart will forever remain in Philadelphia.

Cast/Featuring: Isaiah Zagar
Executive Producer(s): Ross Kauffman, Geralyn White Dreyfous, Pamela Tanner Boll
Producer(s): Jeremy Yaches
Director(s): Jeremiah Zagar
Cinematographer(s): Erik Messerschmidt
Editor(s): Keiko Deguchi, Sam Pollard (consulting editor)
Composer(s)/Music: Kelli Scarr (composer), Music by The Books
Sound Editor(s): Tom Paul (sound design)
Other Credits: Cassidy Gearhart and Yussel Cole (design & animation)


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