Side by Side
Side by Side
Side by Side
Side by Side

Side by Side

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  • Directed by: Christoper Kenneally
  • Produced by: Keanu Reeves & Justin Szlasa
  • Release Date: 2018 (Educational)
  • Year of Production: 2011
Running Time: 99 min
Language: English
Accessibility: includes English Closed Captions
Subjects: Film Studies
Bonus features include extended interviews with Martin Scorsese (Taxi Driver, Goodfellas) and Lena Dunham (Girls, Tiny Furniture).
"No true movie junkie is going to want to miss Side by Side" - Rolling Stone
Side by Side, produced by Keanu Reeves, is an in-depth examination of how digital filmmaking is challenging traditional celluloid film as the gold standard in moviemaking. Side by Side captures the essence of the film versus digital debate through unprecedented access to influential filmmakers such as James Cameron, David Fincher, George Lucas, David Lynch, Martin Scorsese, Robert Rodriguez, Lana and Andy Wachowski, Steven Soderbergh and many more.
For almost one hundred years there was only one way to make a movie. Movies where shot, edited and projected using photochemical film. But over the last two decades a digital process has emerged to challenge photochemical filmmaking. Side by Side investigates the history, process and workflow of both digital and photochemical film creation, and how — at least for now — the two forms coexist side by side.
Through interviews with directors, cinematographers, film students, producers, technologists, editors, and exhibitors, Side by Side examines all aspects of filmmaking - from capture to edit, visual effects to color correction, distribution to archive. The film examines what is gained and what is lost both practically and philosophically in the changeover from film to digital through anecdotes and candid opinions about how the digital revolution is transforming their storytelling tools, techniques and democratizing the filmmaking process.
At this moment when digital and photochemical filmmaking coexist, Side by Side explores what has been gained, what is lost, and what the future might bring.
Interviews include influential Hollywood Directors:
Lena Dunham
John Malkovich
Danny Boyle
George Lucas
James Cameron
David Fincher
David Lynch
Robert Rodriguez
Martin Scorsese
Steven Soderbergh
The Wachowskis
Christopher Nolan
Joel Schumacher
Richard Linklater
Lars von Trier 

Notable Screenings

  • Premiered at the 62nd Berlin International Film Festival
  • Tribeca Film Festival  
  • U.S. Theatrical Release (92% rating on Rotten Tomatoes)
  • Sydney Film Festival
  • Hong Kong International Film Festival

In the Press

"Essential viewing for understanding different sides of one of the most vital current debates in cinema." - Film4

"This exhaustive documentary is one of the best films ever made about the filmmaking process." - The Aristocrat

"A trim, informative 99-minute primer on celluloid film, which to many viewers has a warmth and feel as soothing as buttered popcorn, and the brave new world of digital cinema." - Minneapolis Star Tribune

"It's this simple: If you like movies, you need to see "Side by Side." - Arizona Republic

"There is great flux in this world, as Side by Side so entertainingly demonstrates, and where it's all headed is both discomforting and exhilarating. Stay tuned." - Christian Science Monitor

"Side By Side is a riveting, under-the-hood distillation of 100 years of Hollywood experimentation, innovation and expensive bravery." - Birmingham Post

"It's sweet and sparkling, as glassfuls of thought are provided by James Cameron, Martin Scorsese, George Lucas, David Lynch, Steven Soderbergh and other champagne cinematic cerebra." - Financial Times

"Always accessible, the doc lays out pros and cons of each medium." - Time Out Chicago

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