Its broadcast premiere was August 19, 2009 on HBO. Over the past four decades, artist Isaiah Zagar has covered more than 50,000 square feet of Philadelphia with stunning mosaic murals. The murals chronicle his love for his wife, Julia, and subtly hint at the darker corners of his extraordinary imagination. Zagar holds a BA in Painting and Graphics from the Pratt Institute of Art. Don’t arrive for your visit to Philadelphia’s Magic Gardens looking for plants and flowers. In a Dream is a documentary film by Jeremiah Zagar that premiered on March 9, 2008 at the South by Southwest film festival. - Joe Neumaier, NY Daily News, "The result is a documentary that is rare in the way that it leads us deep into the emotions and turmoil of a family over the course of several years. Philadelphia's Magic Gardens: Early life. Rob Lawless begins a daunting mission to spend an hour each with 10,000 people. The power of Zagar's camera also prompts his dad to drudge up painful childhood memories and wonder where his life is headed. - Aaron Hillis, The Village Voice, "What began as a look at a father's art becomes an unintended record of an American family's dissolution in director Jeremiah Zagars lovingly made, clear-eyed documentary. Oct 07 2009. 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. In a Dream is a documentary about Philadelphia-based artist Isaiah Zagar that was filmed and directed by his son, Jeremiah. Even before arriving at the Magic Gardens, you will come across other walls in the neighborhood decorated with Isaiah Zagar’s signature mosaic murals. IN A DREAM is a documentary feature film that chronicles his work and his tumultuous relationship with his wife, Julia. Isaiah Zagar is known for his work on America's Greatest Otaku (2011), Amosaica: The Embellished Life of Isaiah Zagar (2008) and Paints on Ceiling (2008). This style shows more than the filmmaker’s admiration – within the film lurks a mystery. Isaiah Zagar in his Magic Gardens (2007) Born: 1939 (age 80–81) Nationality: American: Education: Pratt Institute (BA) Known for : Sculpture, Ceramics, Mosaic: Notable work. It is a heart-wrenching portrait of his father Isaiah Zagar, a renowned mosaic artist, and his mother Julia as their 40-year marriage hits the rocks. Over the past four decades, artist Isaiah Zagar has covered more than 50,000 square feet of Philadelphia with stunning mosaic murals. Over the past four decades, artist Isaiah Zagar has covered more than 50,000 square feet of Philadelphia with stunning mosaic murals. I thank Jeremiah’s family, but especially Jeremiah, for a film that works through so much pain, motivated by so much love. "In A Dream" is on sale September 29, 2009 and is rated NR. The fact that everybody in the family wants the same thing—to love one another and make their family whole again—makes the film itself an attempt to achieve their goal. Isaiah Zagar, 78, is an artist who has been living in Philadelphia with his wife Julia since 1968. When Isaiah’s son Jeremiah comes home to document his father at the request of Jeremiah’s mother, Julia, we are introduced to Isaiah through his stunning and reflective sketches, paintings and mosaics, which are plastered on the sides of Philly buildings, spanning whole blocks. Dec 26, 2020 - Explore Christi Kalmbach's board "Isaiah Zagar" on Pinterest. A short documentary about the artists’ life will also accompany this exhibition, which focuses on the beginning of his mosaic career, the development of his artistic process, and the conception of Philadelphia’s Magic Gardens. 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