SIDE by SIDE with Keanu Reeves

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Join Keanu Reeves on a tour of the past and the future of filmmaking in SIDE BY SIDE. Since the invention of cinema, the standard format for recording moving images has been film. Over the past two decades, a new form of digital filmmaking has emerged, creating a groundbreaking evolution in the medium. Reeves explores the development of cinema and the impact of digital filmmaking via in-depth interviews with Hollywood masters, such as James Cameron, David Fincher, David Lynch, Christopher Nolan, Martin Scorsese, George Lucas, Steven Soderbergh, and many more.

In the words of Side by Side’s producer, actor Keanu Reeves, “In 2009, Slumdog Millionaire won the academy award for best cinematography. It was a point of inflection for our industry. For the first time, the award for cinematography went to a movie shot almost entirely digitally and not on film. Over the last decade movies shot, edited and distributed digitally have become an acceptable alternative to a photochemical process with over one hundred years of history. At this moment in time, the digital world and the photochemical world exist side by side in the movie industry – from image capture to visual effects to color correction to exhibition. The master cinematographers and directors are now crafting work in both mediums.

I have seen this quiet revolution unfold in front of me on sets, in edit rooms and post-production facilities and on screens around the world. With that in mind I have embarked on a major documentary project directed by Chris Kenneally to explore how this change will impact motion pictures and the way stories are conceived, created and experiences. I am producing the documentary and hands-on involvement both behind and in front of the camera. The goal is to examine the worlds of film and digital cinema as they exist side by side.”

Side by Side is now (as of August 22) available on VOD, and will continue its limited release screenings across the US.”

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What the Critics are Saying
“[Side By Side] is worth a year of film school and at least 1,000 hours of DVD bonus commentary.” – A. O. Scott, The New York Times

“A sharp, useful primer on the history of digital imagemaking… Essential viewing.” – Mark Olsen, LA Times

“Side by Side is the near-perfect documentary, illuminating as it entertains… One of the finest movies of the year.” – Chris Claro, On Demand Weekly

“One of the best movies of the summer.” – Christopher Rosen, The Huffington Post

Best-Reviewed Movies of the Summer: #2 – Criticwire