Special Summer Screening
US, not yet rated, 80 minutes
Muralist Isaiah Zager and one of his murals in Philadelphia
Wednesday, August 12| 7:O0 PM
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, and subtly hint at the darker corners of an extraordinary imagination.
Where Isaiah is obsessive and narcissistic—a former Peace Corps volunteer who has become an icon
in South Philly's art community—Julia is gracious and warm. For decades, their opposing natures
complemented one another perfectly. But suddenly the family is torn apart at the seams: A few hours
before picking up his oldest son from a rehabilitation center, Isaiah declares to the camera, "As people
get older they have less and less passion." He then confesses to an affair with his assistant, is kicked
out of the house, and spirals into a debilitating, suicidal depression.
A fascinating portrait of love and betrayal, family bonds, and the intimacy of dysfunction. Laura Bennett of the Boston Globe says, “…the sheer visual impact of In a Dream is breathtaking.”Winner of the Emerging Visions Audience Award at SXSW and the Guggenheim Emerging Artist Award at the Full Frame Documentary Festival.
Speaker: Director Jeremiah Zager (via satellite)
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