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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.


  • Stefanie Schneider
  • Stephen Herchen
  • Chris Bonanos
  • Ayana J.J.
  • Caitlin Fowler
  • Angela Riccio

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  • Photographer Stefanie Schneider has shot many portraits of actors and artists including Ewan McGregor, Naomi Watts and Ryan Gosling. She also shot the cover of Cyndi Lauper's album Bring Ya to the Brink.
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  • Director and crew can be seen in the reflection of a mirror during a short scene including a photo booth.
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Apr 19, 2019

Any viewers actually interested in the topic would be well advised to search elsewhere for information.

Metacritic review by Frank Scheck
Frank Scheck
The Hollywood Reporter
Apr 19, 2019

Instant Dreams makes a strong case for the necessity of instant photography. Its three main subjects are compelling and well spoken. The film’s powerful, hypnotic images, and the mesmerizing score only add to the dream-like atmosphere being conveyed.

Metacritic review by Bobby LePire
Bobby LePire
Film Threat
Apr 15, 2019

Instant Dreams is still an argument for the magical in a world that is “losing magic.”

Metacritic review by Roger Moore
Roger Moore
Movie Nation