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

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

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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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.


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 it….to be honest…to 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!


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



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

tristan eldritch

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


Keanu Reeves, being awesome. BOOYAH!


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


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


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

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