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Instant Dreams (2017)

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INSTANT DREAMS tells the story of a group of scientist who are trying to unravel the chemical formula of Polaroid and the Polaroid-users that eagerly await its rebirth. Each in their own way tries to keeps their instant dream alive.


Willem Baptist


Willem Baptist
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Credited cast:
Stefanie Schneider Stefanie Schneider ... Self - The artist
Stephen Herchen Stephen Herchen ... Self - The scientist
Chris Bonanos Chris Bonanos ... Self - The writer
Edwin H. Land Edwin H. Land ... Self - The visionary (archive footage)
Ayana J.J. Ayana J.J. ... Self - The future
Caitlin Fowler ... Self - The model
Angela Riccio Angela Riccio ... Self - The model
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Udo Kier ... Self (archive footage)


Instant Dreams brings us into the lives of Polaroid enthusiasts to create a portrait of Dr. Edwin Land, a pioneer in American technology. When Polaroid announced the end of instant film in 2008, a small group of enthusiasts bought the last operational factory in the Netherlands. Although they have the factory, a house fire destroyed all of Dr. Land's private notes, including the chemical formula behind instant film. As a result, engineer Stephen Herchen is brought in to recreate the magic behind Polaroid. Despite all of their progress, their version of the instant film is still too slow to share with the world. Meanwhile, artist Stephanie Schneider stores her last remaining Polaroid stock in a refrigerator, using them for her work in the California desert. Her primary medium is instant film, and most of her stock expired years ago. In New York, Christopher Bonanos is also running out of the Polaroid stock he needs to document the growth of his son. As the author of 'Instant: The Story... Written by Christian Sanchez

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An extraordinary Polaroid trip. See more »


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Director Willem Baptist owns several vintage Polaroid camera's including a SX-70 in mint condition. See more »


Director and crew can be seen in the reflection of a mirror during a short scene including a photo booth. See more »


References The Holy Mountain (1973) See more »

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A mesmerizing experience
20 April 2019 | by GrumpyfishSee all my reviews

Wasn't sure what to expect from this one. It's light on information but loaded with thought-provoking dialog and imagery. That isn't necessarily a bad thing. If Terence Malick would have made a film about Polaroid, I'm sure it would look a bit like this one. The pacing takes getting used to, the story and characters are fascinating as they slowly pull you in to their analog world. A real stand out was a Japanese girl that pops up now and again reminding us of our idiosyncratic digital world. A bit heavy on the esoteric side but certainly a remarkable and mesmerizing experience.

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14 December 2017 (Netherlands) See more »

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2.39 : 1
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