INSTANT DREAMS

dir. Willem Baptist, prod. USA, 2017, 90 min, documentary

Before the era of smartphones and photography mania, there was Polaroid. A brilliant, simple, accessible and common photographic invention. A photographic revolution that suddenly disappeared (almost) forever, taking its secrets with it.

The film presents in a visually fascinating way the history of the invention and its impact on art, popular culture, and the lives of ordinary people. It talks about experiencing time, about freezing moments on a photographic film.

To the same extent, it also talks about how we look, how we turn our dreams into reality. We observe the magical process, photographic chemistry, the appearance of a photo on a small piece of paper. We follow the tedious process of reproducing photographic technology in the laboratory behind the Polaroid — The Impossible Project. We are looking at the work of both photography historian and Polaroid in particular. We also observe photograpic sessions in the desert regions of the United States.

12 INCHES

dir. Wojciech Gostomczyk, artistic care Wojciech Smarzowski,

prod. Studio Metrage, Poland, 2017, 24 min, documentary

“The most important element of the camera sits 12 inches behind it”. Quote from one of the greatest photographers of the 20th century, Ansel Adams, opens the short documentary by Wojciech Gostomczyk, an artist from Bydgoszcz. It’s a specific movie because it doesn’t depict a story of one particular hero. It is a tale about a group of fascinates, who share the passion for analog photography and sharing this passion with others during the annual photographic plein-airs in Michałowice near Jelenia Góra, Poland. Fascination with the world of Polaroids, old, nearly 100-year-old large format cameras and the first reporter cameras becomes obvious for the viewer as well. Observing how in the privacy of the darkroom, like in the alchemist’s studio, a photographic image emerges from the darkness, we can feel the excitement that photographing gave in the beginning of its existence. In a flood of digital images that attack our senses every day, the one-of-a-kind unique Polaroid shot, captured on film and photographic paper gains a magical meaning…

Where: Orzeł Cinema, Marcinkowskiego Street 12

Date & Time: 14/10/2018, 16:30

Entrance free.