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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.

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Willem Baptist

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Willem Baptist
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Cast overview:
Stefanie Schneider Stefanie Schneider ... Herself - The artist
Stephen Herchen Stephen Herchen ... Himself - The scientist
Chris Bonanos Chris Bonanos ... Himself - The writer
Edwin H. Land Edwin H. Land ... Himself - The visionary (archive footage)
Ayana J.J. Ayana J.J. ... Herself - The future
Caitlin Fowler ... Herself - The model
Angela Riccio Angela Riccio ... Herself - The model
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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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Country:

Netherlands

Language:

English

Release Date:

14 December 2017 (Netherlands) See more »

Also Known As:

Polaroid. Błyskawiczne spełnienie marzeń See more »

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2.39 : 1
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The voice that can be heard coming out of the photo printing machine in Tokyo is that of Werner Herzog. See more »

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

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References The Holy Mountain (1973) See more »

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A visually striking retro ride.
24 November 2017 | by jungerhansonSee all my reviews

I managed to catch a screening at the documentary festival in Amsterdam. I was intrigued by the trailer, which I found heavy-handed but wildly intriguing. I was interested in learning more about Polaroid. I did, but got more then expected. Tbh I was blown away by it. What was brought to the screen was beyond anything I was expecting. Space Odyssey in a Herzog - Malick kind of way, if that makes any sense. A visually striking retro ride for sure. There is no plot outline written yet. It's hard to describe, without spoiling anything I would say the movie leans towards being a visual poem. The characters have surreal connections to Polaroid film. The story is layered with fascinating quotes, a reoccurring theme of Christmas, a search for a chemical formula, an artist in a pink bathrobe and her funny chickens. I found it hard to wrap my head around all the details. There's one part of the movie involving the inventor of Polaroid, which totally blew my mind. I enjoyed it immensely and made me want to dig up that old Polaroid camera.


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