‘Long Live Film’ Documentary Explores Love for Analog Photography

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Congratulations, new adopters of film photography — you’re now officially a subculture!

The defining point, of course, is having an independent documentary film about your movement, and that’s just what mail-order processor Indie Film Lab is doing with “Long Live Film.”

Teaming up with Kodak (however that might work now), folks from the Alabama-based company hit the road early this year, asking photographers across the United States why they still go to the considerable trouble of capturing their vision on emulsion rather than pixels.

Indie Lab hopes to have the feature finished in a few months. For now, enjoy the promising trailer, which elegantly makes the case for film as an artistic choice rather than a Luddite response to the modern world. “I like how it makes me shoot and why it makes me shoot as much as I like the look,” responds one photographer.

Indie Film Lab, founded in 2012 by photographer Josh Moates, does custom processing, scanning and printing of 35mm and medium-format film, along with considerable evangelism for keeping it old-school.

(via Imaging Resource)

  • Ryan Muirhead

    “I like how it makes me shoot and why it makes me shoot as much as I like the look,” responds one photographer.

    That was me. :)

  • Jamie

    Love your video series on YouTube, thanks for doing it!

  • Gaffman

    I just threw up in my mouth a little bit

  • Brendan Wixted

    really hyped on this

  • Dwaine Dibbly

    Chemical photography is not “analog” photography.

  • mary

    Thank you! FILM! RECOGNIZE!

  • Thomas Lawn

    But was the documentary shot on film?!?

  • Jeff R.

    I hope millions will see this film and consider returning to film photography. When will I be able to see it?

  • Josh M

    Thomas, I wish! We did this on 0 budget, so naturally DSLR is the way to go for this. But we had a blast shooting rolls of Kodak film on the trip!

  • Will Mederski

    I feel the same way.
    But have personally come to the conclusion that if I can make a living shooting digital, I would much rather try my hardest to bring that same rigor and philosophy to my digital work, than have film photography just be an expensive hobby I do in my free time.

    The “how” & “why” you mention are not inherent to film.
    As the artist, YOU define those.