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Watch: Trailer For Keanu Reeves' 'Side By Side' Doc Featuring David Lynch, Steven Soderbergh, Christopher Nolan & More

by Kevin Jagernauth
January 18, 2012 7:41 PM
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Keanu Reeves Side By Side

With the death knell ringing for 35mm film as a format -- with estimates suggesting that by 2015 it will be nothing more than a niche -- there is perhaps no better time for the Keanu Reeves-produced documentary "Side By Side." Set to premiere at the Berlin International Film Festival next month, a trailer has arrived and it should spur some very interesting conversations.

Working his rolodex very, very hard, Reeves has landed a staggering array of filmmakers to talk about the subject of digital filmmaking, and it features pretty much everyone you would want to hear speak about the subject, including from David Lynch, George Lucas, Martin Scorsese, Christopher Nolan, Robert Rodriguez and more. Lena Dunham appears, talking about how the ease of the digital workflow has allowed her to build her career, while James Cameron bluntly states that "film has been dead in my heart for ten years" since he can't shoot 3D on celluloid (Wally Pfister offers up a bold counterpoint).

Directed by Chris Kenneally, with interviews conducted by Reeves (check out the laundry list here of folks featured in the doc), "Side By Side" promises to ignite a serious debate about the place of both celluloid and digital in the landscape of filmmaking. Check out the trailer below. [via James On Screens]

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  • Gilles | January 20, 2012 5:11 AMReply

    One big this that this article skips is the difference between projection and production. Of course film will die by 2015, as a projection medium. But will it die as a production medium, maybe. But I think it will take al lot longer then 4 years. And I think this documentary addresses both the issues. Maybe ever more so the production aspect then the projection and thus, distribution.

  • cinematic_high | January 19, 2012 3:42 AMReply

    Damn......I gotta see this! Looks very interesting and as a film buff this movie is pretty fucking important.....I love film....but I also love the work that can be done with digital cameras and the (slight) ease that comes with be choose between film and digital is a lot like asking me to choose between a Mac and a PC.....I choose both...mainly because I'm a greedy bastard! Hey! There's nothing wrong with Lena Dunham!

  • DT | April 19, 2012 7:04 PM

    I like you. You seem open minded.

  • Ken | January 18, 2012 10:55 PMReply

    I love the fact that Keanu Reeves is behind this doc.


  • Raylan | January 18, 2012 10:36 PMReply

    Well, at least we now know precisely who/what to blame for Lena Dunham's "career."

  • Huffy | January 19, 2012 1:00 AM


  • tristan eldritch | January 18, 2012 10:03 PMReply

    Nice to see Dion Beebe in there somewhere. His work on Miami Vice was extraordinary.

  • padre | January 18, 2012 9:00 PMReply

    Keanu Reeves, being awesome. BOOYAH!

  • WRT | January 18, 2012 8:55 PMReply

    Excited about this, though I wish Michael Mann were featured (but at least they got his Miami Vice and Collateral cinematographer); Elswit or PTA would've been nice too. Nolan has nothing to offer this debate if he's just going to get 'scientistic' and talk about film as a "superior ... imaging technology" without even defining what the hell that means -- I could respect his opinion if he'd just come out and say "I prefer the way film looks" instead of pretending to objectivity

  • nah | January 19, 2012 2:20 AM

    Huffy: He's said the same thing in other interviews for years, and he doesn't really take it much further

  • Huffy | January 19, 2012 1:06 AM

    He says a single line in the trailer. You might want to, you know, hear the rest of his argument before you assume that he's a biased celluloid snob.

  • r.e. | January 18, 2012 9:04 PM


  • jingmei | January 18, 2012 8:32 PMReply

    an awesome perspective to wrapping up current filmmakers worldwide. sad i failed to watch this trailer online here

  • rotch | January 18, 2012 7:57 PMReply

    That has to be the saddest first line on a trailer ever.

  • Huffy | January 19, 2012 1:14 AM

    I hope he just means the actual format of film, but from what people who know him have been saying Lynch doesn't seem too motivated to jump back into cinema, at least for the time being. The worst part is he left when he was at the top of his game.

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