By Michael Lerman | "Lincoln Blogs" by Michael Lerman April 10, 2009 at 10:48AM
A lot of fantastic, creative docs were produced in 2008 - Margaret Brown's The Order of Myths and Marina Zenovich's Roman Polanski: Wanted and Desired come to mind -, but nothing was quite like the big screen experience of Jeremiah Zagar's In a Dream. It is a rare occurrence when a portrait is able to intimately capture both the public and private details of an artist on an equally grand scale. But when documentary filmmaker Jeremiah Zagar set out to make a portrait of his father Isaiah, a brilliant and prolific mosaic mural artist from Philadelphia, he never could have predicted the secrets he would uncover. Quickly turning from a character study to an incredibly personal, powerful and stirring drama, "In a Dream" is an unparalleled visceral and emotional experience. Shot over the course of several years, Zagar's film is the kind of brutally honest and often beautiful look at a tumultuous time in his parents' marriage that only a son could have captured. Boasting beautiful widescreen cinematography and a haunting score, this most insightful of documentaries is a touching glimpse into the life of the world's most eclectic and ingenious large-scale artists. Now, finally, after it's long journey since SXSW 2008, In a Dream comes to the big screen this weekend at Cinema Village in New York City. Run, don't walk. You don't want to miss this.