The documentary Instant Dreams, which explores the impact, rise and popularity of Polaroid film, follows three people with a deep love for Polaroid and along with archival footage delves into the chemistry, artistry and history behind the technological behemoth of the 20th century. The film directed by Willem Baptist will be released in theaters across the US via Synergetic Distribution on April 19th.
A casualty of the digital revolution, Polaroid instant film and cameras were meant to fade quietly into oblivion when the company stopped production in 2008. Instant Dreams explores the legacy of Polaroid founder Edwin Land through the lives of three enthusiasts and their obsession with the cultural, scientific and artistic significance of instant film. Director Willem Baptist takes viewers on a hallucinatory quest to discover the secret chemical formula, once thought lost, that launched one of the largest companies in the world.
Instant Dreams previously screened at the prestigious International Documentary Film Festival Amsterdam (IDFA), Doc NYC, as well as the Slamdance International Film Festival, Thessaloniki Documentary Film Festival, Netherlands Film Festival, and other top film festivals around the world.