Keanu Reeves' Digital Filmmaking Documentary Acquired By Tribeca Film

By Sean O'Connell 2012-02-13 08:47:05discussion comments
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Depending on whom you ask, film is either dying quickly or completely dead, as multiple directors whose to shoot digitally to benefit from emerging technologies and cut down on costs. Keanu Reeves’ Side By Side is a documentary directed by Chris Kenneally that explores the industry’s transition. Tribeca Film announced that it has acquired North American rights to the doc, which feature an array of recognizable filmmakers explaining to Reeves why the transition to digital is happening. Here’s the trailer:



There are some chilling words in the clip, from Christopher Nolan admitting to the transition being forced on filmmakers by the industry, as a whole, to James Cameron stating that film had been dead to him for years because you can’t shoot 3D on film.

“Cinema is at a tipping point. Digital has challenged, and in some ways completely overturned, a process of making movies on photochemical film that has been a tradition for over one hundred years,” said Kenneally, the director. “Side by Side is an intimate conversation between Keanu and the top professionals in the industry about this revolution and its impact.”

Who else agrees to talk on camera for Side? It looks like Reeves gets Danny Boyle, David Fincher, George Lucas, David Lynch, Martin Scorsese, Steven Soderbergh, Lars Von Trier and his Matric collaborators, the Wachowskis, to go on record, helping to make this a must see when it reaches theaters this summer. Are you interested? Is this too much of an “inside baseball” story? Or do you want to see how digital is impacting the types of stories you’ll be able to see in the future? Let us know.
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