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  • An MVD Exclusive
  • Format: DVD
  • SKU: SY-9014
  • UPC: 684457901426
  • Street Date: 02/09/21
  • PreBook Date: 01/05/21
  • Label: Synergetic Distribution »
  • Genre: Documentary
  • Run Time: 91 mins
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Audio: STEREO
  • Year of Production: 2018
  • Region Code: 0
  • Box Lot: 30
  • Territory: US
  • Language: English

 

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  • Director: Willem Baptist
  • Director: Willem Baptist

 

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Instant Dreams

An Extraordinary Polaroid Trip!

Instant Dreams
  • List Price: $19.95  
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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 of Polaroid,' Christopher offers the audience a history of Dr. Land, the scientist and innovator at the heart of Polaroid's success. Director Willem Baptist interweaves the film with archival footage showing a man at the cutting edge of technology and the downfall of Polaroid at the turn of the digital revolution.

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Sales Points

  • OFFICIAL SELECTION - 2018 Slamdance Film Festival
  • OFFICIAL SELECTION - 2018 San Francisco Docfest
  • OFFICIAL SELECTION - 2018 Sofia International Film Festival
  • OFFICIAL SELECTION - 2018 Amsterdam International Documentary Film Festival
  • OFFICIAL SELECTION - 2019 Rose d'Or Light Entertainment Festival
  • OFFICIAL SELECTION - 2018 Doc NYC Festival
  • ROTTEN TOMATOES 88% Audience Score! 72% Tomatometer!

Press Quotes

Self-indulgent, but beautiful.

     —Amy Nicholson, FilmWeek (KPCC - NPR Los Angeles)

What Willem Baptist has crafted is a documentary that feels rooted in both avant garde film and the spirit of Polaroid cameras.

     —Carson Mlnarik, Film Inquiry

Instant Dreams does a remarkable job of juggling each story and making the viewer invested in each part. The history of the company and its founder, Land, would be enough for a movie all on its own.

     —Bobby LePire, Film Threat

  

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