FP: Your entire family was willing to share very personal moments on camera. Would you feel comfortable exposing yourself in the same way? If not, what makes your father, mother, and brother different?
JZ: I am not, I think because I’m a filmmaker, and I know the power of the medium too well to be natural in front of the camera. In truth, I don’t know how they did it.
FP: Like your father, you have continued the tradition of documenting your family. Why do you think both you and your father focus so much on the life of the family in your work?
JZ: I was doing an interview with Agnes Varda from the Portland Film Festival — she went first to talk about The Beaches of Agnes and I then I spoke about In A Dream. One of the questions they asked her was why she had made so many films about her husband and she replied very simply because “I love him.” For me and for my father I believe it is the same, we tell stories about people and things and places we love. Family comes first.
FP: Do you feel, as your mother says in the film, that your parents lived in a “dream world,” for many years? What does this idea of a “dream world” mean to you?
JZ: We lived in a dream world that my father and mother built together, made out of tile and mirror, paint, concrete and a deep family mythology. My dream world is similar to that of my parents only instead of being built form concrete its built from celluloid and digital video, and it is made up not only of my nuclear family but also of my film family, (every name you see in those credits at the end of In A Dream).
FP: What’s next for you? Do you anticipate working on films with your family again?
JZ: My producer Jeremy Yaches and I have a number of projects were working on some narrative, some documentary. At the moment none are about my family. One of them is called Wait For Me and we are doing it with Ross Kauffman and Geralyn Dreyfous who worked on In A Dream with us. It’s sort of a meditation of grief.
IN A DREAM: Extended Trailer from Herzliya Films on Vimeo.
In A Dream comes out on DVD September 29th.