| Dec 27, 11:00 AM
Welcome back to Viewfinder, our ongoing series in which we chronicle interesting projects people are working on that incorporate Impossible film. This week, we are happy to bring you photos from this year’s Pardcast-A-Thon, taken by Rick DeMint, AKA Portroids…
Every year on the day after Thanksgiving, the popular comedy podcast Never Not Funny holds a 12-hour live-streaming marathon event, the Pardcast-A-Thon, to raise money for the charity Smile Train. The host Jimmy Pardo and co-hosts Matt Belknap and Pat Francis welcome 2-3 new guests each hour from the world of entertainment (writers, comedians, musicians, actors, etc.). This year, they raised over $100,000 to help provide cleft repair surgeries to children in developing countries.
As a comedy fan, many of the portroids (autographed Polaroid portraits) I’ve taken over the past nine years have been of comedians, which is how I ended up meeting Jimmy, Matt, and Pat and getting involved, even in a small way, with Pardcast-A-Thon. For the past three years, I’ve been given access to take Polaroids backstage of all the guests. It is truly one of the highlights of my year. So much fun! These portroids are then auctioned off afterwards to raise additional money for Smile Train. I also put together a poster of all the photos to commemorate the event, which they have hanging on their studio wall.
Last year I used the Impossible Project PZ 600 UV+ Silver Shade Black Frame film to beautiful result, and this year I switched for the first time from my Spectra to the Sun 660 Autofocus SE camera so I could try the new PX 680 Color Protection film. I could not be happier with the outcome! I’m looking forward to using this film, and any new Impossible films, for years to come.