Chasing a Dream (Miles from Nowhere)
Chasing a Dream (Miles from Nowhere) (2009)

A high school football star clashes with his coach and his father when he joins the track team to accomplish a goal set by his late best friend. When John is killed in a car accident, Cameron (Andrew Lawrence) blames himself for the… More

Rated: Unrated
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Release Date: September 29, 2009
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Critic Score: 79% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: This tender tribute to an obscure artist's work is both compelling and visually striking.

Laura Bennett
Boston Globe

The sheer visual impact of In a Dream is breathtaking.

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Gary Goldstein
Los Angeles Times

The eclectic beauty of Isaiah's complex, labor-intensive art form deserves more process-oriented dissection.

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Matthew Sorrento
Film Threat

The film's elements hum into a glorious experience, with its narrative as captivating as its visualization.

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Jeff Shannon
Seattle Times

Call it forgiveness or codependency, but this highly personal film speaks to all of us in the universal languages of art and love.

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Kenneth Baker
San Francisco Chronicle

Isaiah's work frequently rewards the camera's roving attention, but his self-absorption and lack of self-insight make him a sad subject even for as forgiving a study as In a Dream.

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Leo Goldsmith
Reverse Shot

A grand gesture, an exercise in epic biography that explodes the intimate details of Isaiah's life and its effects on his family onto the screen.

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Joe Williams
St. Louis Post-Dispatch

Because Jeremiah lacks the investigatory zeal to pursue the subplots, which also include his father's madness and his older brother's drug addiction, this lovely film is more evocative than illuminating.

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Kyle Smith
New York Post

The tedious documentary In a Dream tells you much more than you could ever want to know about an ob scure Philadelphia artist called Isaiah Zagar.

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Norm Schrager

an artistic celebration of sorts -- with the emotional pain that can come with dedication, and maybe a little madness.

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