In A Dream
November 2, 2012 – November 3, 2012
Friday 1:00 PM and 8:00 PM
Saturday 8:00 PM
Best Film Award at Philadelphia Film Festival.
Emerging Visions Audience Award at South by Southwest Film Festival, Austin, Texas.
Coming to HBO next year.
Live Introduction by Dave Tobin on Friday, November 2nd at 8pm - Dave Tobin is a partner in the Community Mosaic Project, which engages local residents to create mosaics around Auburn. Dave met Isaiah Zagar in 2004, has studied with and written about him for The Post-Standard.
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.
The film features music by The Books, Explosions in the Sky, Efterklang, Bibio, Colleen & an original score by Kelli Scarr.