About seven years ago, I used the iconic slide film Kodachrome in its last year that the film could be developed. I photographed bridges and trees and winter scenes and other cool images.
Then, in December 2010, the last processing plant in the world – the only one capable of handling the various chemicals used to develop Kodachrome film – announced they would stop development. And although some people have tried homebrew methods to develop Kodachrome, while others have developed the film in a black-and-white process … Kodachrome film was finished.
Spin forward to 2017 … and now there’s a film about the last days of Kodachrome.
According to Dateline, the film Kodachrome – which stars Ed Harris, Jason Sudeikis and Elizabeth Olson – had a successful premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival, and has been picked up by Netflix for future theater and television broadcasts.
The film features Harris and Sudeikis as a father and son on a road trip to Kansas to get their final rolls of Kodachrome film developed before the processing plant discontinues their K-14 development process.
Here’s actor Jason Sudeikis and director Mark Raso discussing Kodachrome at the Toronto International Film Festival.
I understand that this will be a “father and son road trip bonding” movie, but I also understand that it’s against the backdrop of the last days of Kodachrome processing. And this actually intrigues me.
So I’m definitely going to keep an eye out for this picture.
And maybe someday, if Kodak could ever figure out a way to develop the film without the caustic, poisonous dyes and the complicated developing process…
Maybe someday, Kodachrome can be more than just a motion picture.
Perhaps it can be, once again, a viable photographic alternative for analog film use.
Not that I would normally make a pun like this …
But let’s see what develops. 😀