The Screening Room Blog
Monday, November 10, 2008
"In a Dream"

LONDON, England -- Sheffield Doc/Fest is a film festival, industry session programme and market place making for five intense days in November.

This is the festival’s 15th year and our first day was on Thursday, the 6th. We took a red-eye flight from Philadelphia, PA to Manchester, arriving early, dirty and exhausted. After hopping the train to Sheffield, we went straight to the Showroom Cinemas where our film was having its first screening. All we wanted was a few hours of sleep but there was no time.

The movie is called “In A Dream” and we began filming more than seven years ago. What began as a film about my father -- a well-known mosaic artist, and storyteller soon became a love story about my parents’ relationship as it teetered after 40 years on the verge of collapse.

Doc/Fest is the film’s international premiere, marking the first time we’ve shown it outside our native USA. The film will air in America next summer on HBO and since Doc/Fest is attended by hundreds of European buyers and film executives, we’re hoping the screenings here help us to attract a European broadcaster.

The first screening went very well. After the film, there was time for a short Q&A.
“How is your family doing?”

“They’re good, thanks.”

“Are they still totally crazy?”

“Yeah, but in a good way…”
Etc…

Just after the screening we were approached by representatives from the UK label of two of the bands whose music we used in the film (Colleen and Efterklang). They loved the movie, and we love their music so we all get drunk together, talked and laughed and made toasts to the movie and to the festival and to America’s incredibly brilliant and handsome new president Barack Obama.

“In A Dream” has one more screening at Doc/Fest. You can see it 7pm (1900) Saturday, 11/8 at the Showroom Cinemas. For more information on the film and to see a trailer, visit http://www.hzfilms.com/

There are over 150 films at this year’s festival from all over the world. The party ends on Sunday night.

-- Jeremiah Zagar (Director) with additional writing by Jeremy Yaches (Producer)

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