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. Keanu 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 1962, François Truffaut conducted a week-long interview with Alfred Hitchcock, going through the master’s career film by film. The resulting book, Hitchcock/​​Truffaut, remains one of the most influential cinema publications ever written. It was a project of lasting importance for Truffaut: seventeen years after the book’s first publication in 1967 and just before his own untimely death, he went back and prepared an updated edition. This documentary deepens the legacy of the project, bringing in contemporary directors to discuss the galvanizing effects of both Truffaut’s book and Hitchcock’s films. [Synopsis courtesy of TIFF]

The Underneath

Michael Chambers has come home to Austin, Texas. To the mother who’s starting a new life and the brother driven by old jealousies. To the places he remembers and the memories he can’t forget. And to Rachel, the woman he married and then betrayed with his passion for gambling. Now she’s together with Tommy Dundee, a man no one trifles with. He takes care of her in a way Michael never could, but there’s a price for his attention and Rachel knows this. And when Michael devises a plan to get Rachel out from under Tommy’s control, they become entangled in a web of intrigue, danger and desire from which no one escapes unscathed.


Presents a day in the life in Austin, Texas among its social outcasts and misfits, predominantly the twenty-something set, using a series of linear vignettes. These characters, who in some manner just don’t fit into the establishment norms, move seamlessly from one scene to the next, randomly coming and going into one another’s lives.

Double Play: James Benning and Richard Linklater

A documentary portrait of the friendship between the renowned filmmakers James Benning and Richard Linklater that combines filmed conversations and extensive archival material to explore connections and divergences in their respective approaches to life and cinema. [Synopsis courtesy of SXSW]