In 2012 Kodak went bankrupt. My father was hired by the company straight out of college in 1976, a year after the company had introduced the first digital camera. The technology was quickly dropped for fear it would threaten Kodak’s photographic film business. As digital imaging technologies developed into the 21st century and effectively dismantled that business, the fixed career path my father had set off on at the company’s headquarters gradually became subject to corporate subdivision and tenuous contracts.
George Eastman claimed that our bodies and personalities are made up of organizations of chemical substances that are merely reorganized after death. This will be a haunted film about things – people, objects, buildings, intellectual property, companies, images, memories – consolidating and dispersing, appearing and disappearing, materialized and then digitized, and coming into light and then ceasing to be visible.
The film script is co-written with artist and filmmaker James N. Kienitz Wilkins.