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In a Dream -- In the vibrant, bohemian neighborhood of South Philadelphia, 50,000-square feet of concrete are covered with tile and mirrors--mosaics that were created by Isaiah Zagar, an eccentric, tormented artist. The murals chronicle his love for his wife, Julia.
In a Dream -- The story of Julia Zagar and her husband Isaiah, a renowned mosaic artist, who for the past 30 years has covered more than 40,000 square feet of Philadelphia top to bottom with tile, mirror, paint, and concrete.


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Directed by
Jeremiah Zagar 
Produced by
Pamela Tanner Boll .... executive producer
Geralyn White Dreyfous .... executive producer
Ross Kauffman .... executive producer
Jeremy Yaches .... producer
Original Music by
Kelli Scarr 
Cinematography by
Erik Messerschmidt 
Mark Stetz 
Film Editing by
Keiko Deguchi 
Jeremiah Zagar 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Michael Reich .... first assistant director
Sound Department
Mike Guarino .... location sound mixer
Eric Milano .... sound editor
Tom Paul .... sound designer
Tom Paul .... sound re-recording mixer
Camera and Electrical Department
Dean Gunderson .... Steadicam operator
George Hennah .... assistant camera
Julian King .... additional photographer
Julian King .... second assistant camera
Doug Kofsky .... assistant camera
Brendan O'Brien .... key grip
Abad Rosa .... crane operator
Mark Stetz .... gaffer
Andrew Voegeli .... Steadicam operator
Kevin Walter .... assistant camera
Animation Department
Yussef Cole .... animator
Cassidy Gearhart .... animator
Cassidy Gearhart .... designer
Editorial Department
Anthony Gannon .... co-editor
Angshuman Ghosh .... assistant editor
Ross Kauffman .... consulting editor
Daniel Kitrosser .... assistant editor
Jonathan Liebert .... digital cinema mastering
Alexander Maxwell .... colorist
Sandy Patch .... colorist
Sandy Patch .... on-line editor
Samuel D. Pollard .... consulting editor
Tom Salamon .... colorist
Bill Stokes .... colorist
Music Department
Paul de Jong .... music editor
Jason Domnarski .... musician (piano)
Aaron Nevezie .... music mixer
Aaron Nevezie .... music recordist
Nick Zammuto .... music editor
Other crew
Jonah Birns .... title designer
Christopher Cunha .... production assistant
Angshuman Ghosh .... production assistant
Daniel Kitrosser .... production assistant
Matt Kliegman .... production assistant
Tavian Lucas .... production assistant
Dan Peterson .... production assistant
Keron Rose .... production assistant

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A Remarkably Personal Documentary, 11 March 2008
Author: JustCuriosity from Austin, TX, United States

The beautiful film, In A Dream, had its World Premiere this week at the SXSW Film Festival in Austin, TX. Most of the time documentary film makers tell other people's stories. They tell stories that they may care about, but not ones that go to the core their personal lives. Jeremiah Zagar has made this film that reveals some of the most painful stories of his father, the artist Isaiah Zagar, his mother, Julia, and his brother, Zeke. He spent years filming his own family and now presents their agonizing and painful story for the world to see. He doesn't run away from issues of infidelity, mental illness, molestation, and addiction that most people would prefer to keep secret. Instead, he presents all of these struggles to the world to see in a way that is honest, personal, and often difficult to watch.

He also presents his father's beautiful mosaic artwork for the world to see. His father is truly a great artist and his work and the price that his family has paid for him to do his work is truly remarkable. This is certainly a film that will fascinate those who love art, but one can be an artistic ignoramus - like this writer - and still be overpowered by the story of Zagar family and the beauty of Isaiah's artwork. As much as this film is the story of an artist, it is also the story of power of family to face and overcome difficult challenges and survive. It is an example of the idea that which doesn't kill us makes us stronger.

The family's presence at the SXSW showing was also an honor since it was clear how much they supported the project as painful as it must have been to see some of it laid bare for the world to see. It was beautiful to hear Isaiah congratulate his son, Jeremy, from one artist to another.

I hope this film gets some distribution to a wider audience since a lot of people will be moved by the story of the Zagar family.

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