There are a lot of bad things I have been known to say about my hometown of Philly, not the least of which is that it’s dirty. Philly is a dirty city. Dirty in appearance and dirty in soul. But as I said over at QuizLaw last year:
[O]ne thing I truly love about the place is the Mural Arts Program, which is responsible for thousands of internal and external murals all over the city. It’s really awesome to see well-done public art in some of the ugliest and roughest areas of the city, and it’s one of the few things I believe is really going right for a city that’s been in a lot of trouble socially and financially (not to mention sports-ally)* for some time.
I bring this up because a trailer for In a Dream just showed up online. This little documentary won the “emerging Visions Audience Award” at South By Southwest (dang, should’ve tried to catch it in between the copious amounts of alcohol) and is about Isaih Zagar, one of the local artists responsible for trying to pretty-up the city. Zagar does most of his murals as mosaics and if you’ve ever been anywhere around Soth Street, you’ve seen his shit. It’s cool. Directed by his son, the doc looks like a pretty fascinating look into a unique local artist, and I can’t wait to check it out (it hits NY, Philly, SF and LA in limited release throughout April).
*Of course, things are looking a little up for the city, sports-ally, now that it’s home to the World Fucking Champions, who are on the verge of beginning their quest to repeat. Word.