Kodachrome, a film so legendary that Paul Simon wrote a song about it, and so important that the U.S. State Parks and Services named a Park after it. And for good reason: not alone was it one of the very first films to capture color in 1935, it was also the only one of its kind: a color film that has the grain structure of a black and white film.
And being my favorite color film stock, I was saddened to hear that the very last processing center in the world for Kodachrome, Dwayne's Photo in Kansas, was ending all Kodachrome processing, december 31st, 2010.
To properly send it off to the 'Valhalla' of cinema, I obtained several rolls of Kodachrome 64 in "double-8", (that I could run through an old flea-market Bell & Howell camera) and contacted Copenhagen's maestro's of surf sound, El Ray.
We orchestrated a day of shooting in Copenhagen's only Tiki bar, "Brass Monkey", and Fredrik, cinematographer and alumni of the Norwegian Film School, volunteered to man the Bell & Howell and Bauer (the muscular 1980's Bauer for additional shots on super8 and for its 40 frames per second). I directed, and shot some pick-up footage on a DSLR (limited to three short takes in the video).
With my film friends, Nanna (1st AD), Fredrik (D.P.), Phillip (Lighting) & Nicoline (Hair & Make-up) & Frederik (Assistant to the D.P.), and the band El Ray, I can proudly say we gave Kodachrome a proper farewell, here, from Copenhagen's snowy streets.