2009 July 07
Synopsis: Over the past four decades, Isaiah Zagar has covered more than 50,000 square feet of Philadelphia with stunning mosaic murals. In A Dream is a documentary feature film that chronicles his work and his tumultuous relationship with his wife, Julia. It follows the Zagars as their marriage implodes and a harrowing new chapter in their life unfolds.
(Facebook viewers – if you do not see the video, you can see it on the Mosaic Art Now blog.)
We live in a world of reality TV. The cast of characters in this movie – a Philadelphia artist, his wife, and two sons – expose their lives in disturbing detail: attempted suicide, addiction, infidelity, breakups, and reconciliations.
It is the account of a son who knows his father is a great person and wants to chronicle his life, and in doing so comes to terms with the emotional and physical chaos in which he grew up.
It is a love story between Isaiah and Julia who came of age in the 60s countercultural revolution and lived a life true to its beliefs.
It is an insight into the mind of a man who confronts his inner demons through his artwork.
This film is not about mosaics or mosaic making. Zagar is not a “mosaic artist” but an artist who uses mosaic as a vehicle to express himself. And his mosaics are the perfect metaphor for his life. Up close the pieces are fragmented, spaced far apart in a slipshod manner, confused, and ugly. But just stand back. Stand back and everything comes together with incredible clarity and beauty. These mosaics are larger than life.
This film a story of the human condition – our story – of passion, liberation, harm, hurt, loss, expression, and redemption.
It is well worth seeing. Check the film’s blog for screening dates – or get the DVD when it is released at the end of September. You can preorder it through Amazon.
In a Dream website:
Blog with Upcoming Screenings
Isaiah Zagar’s website