Instant Dreams

An extraordinary Polaroid trip.

Genre: Documentary
There could hardly be a more telling contrast between the analog and digital eras than the beautifully blurry memories captured in a Polaroid picture and the thousands of pin-sharp photos on an iPhone. In this ambitious visual essay, Willem Baptist explores the visionary genius of Edwin H. Land, the inventor of the Polaroid camera. Even today, all sorts of people are keeping his instant dream alive. Former Polaroid employee Stephen Herchen moved from the United States to Europe to work in a laboratory developing the 2.0 version of Polaroid. Christopher Bonanos, the author of Instant: The Story of Polaroid, tells us, "When I heard Polaroid would stop making film, it felt like a close friend had died." Artist Stefanie Schneider, who is working with the last of her stock of Polaroid film, is using the blurring that occurs with expired film as an additional aesthetic layer in her photographic work.
Status: Released IMDb
Release date: 2017-12-14
Run time: 91 minute / 1:31
Director: Willem Baptist
Production Companies : Pieter van Huystee Film & TV, NTR
Production Country: Netherlands



Stephen Herchen
as Himself - The Scientist
Stefanie Schneider
as Herself - The Artist
Christopher Bonanos
as Himself - The Writer
Caitlin Fowler
as Herself - The Model
Udo Kier
as The Docter (Cameo)
Edwin H. Land
as Himself - The visionary (archive footage)
Ayana J.J.
as Herself - The future
Angela Riccio
as Herself - The model
Ranko Pauković Sound Re-Recording Mixer

Gregor Meerman Cinematography

Pieter van Huystee Producer

Willem Baptist Director

Willem Baptist Writer

Albert Markus Editor

David Spaans Sound Recordist
Marc Lizier Music

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