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Shiloh Fernandez Joins Road Movie 'Green Dolphin' (Exclusive)

Shiloh Fernandez has joined the cast of Green Dolphin in a key supporting role. 

As previously announced, the coming-of-age film stars Justine Skye, Tyler Dean Flores and Seann William Scott

The road movie follows 15-year-old Robinson (Flores) and 20-year-old Keesha (JSkye) as they venture cross-country in an attempt to escape the grasp of abusive foster parent and drug-dealer Martin (Scott). When they break down midway, Keesha and Robinson meet Edwin (Fernandez) and a new family that could turn their life around. 

Written and directed by Chris Kenneally (in his narrative feature film debut), Green Dolphin is being produced...
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Movie News: Director Nabbed for Kevin Hart's 'Night School'; Watch Andrew Garfield in First 'Breathe' Trailer

Night School: Malcolm D. Lee (Girls Trip; The Best Man Holiday, above) will direct Night School. Kevin Hart is already set to star in the action-comedy, which revolves around misfit adults who must attend night school so they can pass the Ged exam and earn high school diplomas. The movie is scheduled for release on September 28, 2018. [Deadline]   Green Dolphin: Singer and songwriter Justine Skye (above) will make her feature debut in Green Dolphin. Her character travels with a teenage boy (Tyler Dean Flores) as they seek to escape an abusive foster parent and drug dealer (Seann William Scott). Chris Kenneally wrote the original script and will direct; he previously made the documentary Side by Side. Keanu Reeves serves as one of the executive producers...

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Movie News: Kevin Hart's 'Night School' Nabs a Director; Watch Andrew Garfield in First 'Breathe' Trailer

Night School: Malcolm D. Lee (Girls Trip; The Best Man Holiday, above) will direct Night School. Kevin Hart is already set to star in the action comedy, which revolves around misfit adults who must attend night school so they can pass the Ged exam and earn high school diplomas. The movie is scheduled for release on September 28, 2018. [Deadline]   Green Dolphin: Singer and songwriter Justine Skye (above) will make her feature debut in Green Dolphin. Her character travels with a teenage boy (Tyler Dean Flores) as they seek to escape an abusive foster parent and drug-dealer (Seann William Scott). Chris Kenneally wrote the original script and will direct; he previously made the documentary Side by Side. Keanu Reeves serves as one of the executive producers...

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Justine Skye, Seann William Scott to Star in Keanu Reeves Exec-Produced 'Green Dolphin' (Exclusive)

Justine Skye, Seann William Scott to Star in Keanu Reeves Exec-Produced 'Green Dolphin' (Exclusive)
Justine Skye, Tyler Dean Flores and Seann William Scott have been cast in the coming-of-age road movie Green Dolphin, written and directed by Chris Kenneally.  

Green Dolphin follows 15-year-old Robinson (Flores) and 20-year-old Keesha (Skye) as they venture cross-country in an attempt to escape the grasp of abusive foster parent and drug-dealer Martin (Scott).  When they breakdown midway, Keesha and Robinson discover a new family that could turn their life around. 

The film is produced by Russell Geyser of RainMaker Films, Jordan Yale Levine and Jordan Beckerman of Yale Productions, and Shruti Ganguly of Honto88. Keanu Reeves and Clay Pecorin...
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Venice Film Review: ‘Cinema Futures’

Venice Film Review: ‘Cinema Futures’
It’s good that Michael Palm joins the ranks of directors making documentaries highlighting the significant problems accompanying the analog-to-digital revolution (or is it a coup?), but it would have been better had he allowed someone else to do the voice-over. Or even the writing of the voice-over. “Cinema Futures” is rich in excellent interviews, stuffed with important information, and bursting with unanswerable questions that need to be asked. Yet the film lacks one major element: the pleasure factor. Barely anywhere in the more than two-hour documentary is there a spontaneous, unanalytical emotional response to the joys of cinema, and without this, Palm’s doc becomes a passionless compendium that raises alarms without stoking the fire.

Without the narration, “Cinema Futures” could easily see significant TV sales, but given that Palm’s monotone intonation and deadpan philosophizing recall Mike Myers’ Dieter character, it’s hard to imagine much play outside continental Europe,
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Smpte Releases Trailer for Crowdfunded ‘Moving Images’ Documentary (Exclusive)

Smpte Releases Trailer for Crowdfunded ‘Moving Images’ Documentary (Exclusive)
Society of Motion Picture and Television Engineers (Smpte) has release the trailer for “Moving Images,” a film project documenting the history of motion-image technology, has been released.

The Smpte documentary investigates how art and science interact; highlight the engineers, artists and craftspeople who changed how we experience media; and explores possible future innovations. The trailer had previously been shown to the Smpte Technology Summit on Cinema at the 2015 Nab show in April.

Howard Lukk is writing and directing with Randall P. Dark producing. Travis Labella is director of photography and the editor is music-video veteran Bobby Hewitt. Peter Lude and Smpte executive director are executive producers. Chris Kenneally developed the initial treatment. The org has partially crowdfunded the film through a 60-day Indiegogo campaign that raised more than $80,000. Additional funding will be needed to complete production on the picture.

The film includes original interviews as well as unearthed historical and never-before-seen footage.
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Watch: Oscar-Winning Editor and Sound Designer Walter Murch on the Shift from Film to Digital

Watch: Oscar-Winning Editor and Sound Designer Walter Murch on the Shift from Film to Digital
Read More: Exclusive: Keanu Reeves on Why Film Should Stick Around in the Digital Age "Side by Side," Keanu Reeves' 2012 documentary, chronicled the steady move away from film to digital through interviews with experts in the field. Now, three years later, Reeves has released extended interviews that didn't make it into the original film. Directed by Christopher Kenneally of the original documentary and produced by Reeves, "Side by Side Extra" Volumes 1-5 has been released by Reeves as a DVD compilation. The five volumes are a fascinating exploration of the transition from film to digital, and the transition's effects on the industry and production, from a variety of nuanced perspectives.  In Volume 3, film editor and sound designer Walter Murch ("The Godfather," "Apocalypse Now") gives his perspective on the way we are moving from analog to digital. In a clip from his interview, Murch compares our old nature of...
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Exclusive: Martin Scorsese on the Pros and Cons of Digital Filmmaking

Exclusive: Martin Scorsese on the Pros and Cons of Digital Filmmaking
We can always count on Martin Scorsese to support film stock. He was among the big-name directors to rally Kodak to keep film stock alive. At the time, he said, "Would anyone dream of telling young artists to throw away their paints and canvases because iPads are so much easier to carry? Of course not. In the history of motion pictures, only a minuscule percentage of the works comprising our art form was not shot on film. Everything we do in HD is an effort to recreate the look of film." In the exclusive clip from "Side by Side Extra" above, Scorsese talks about the pros and cons of shifting to digital -- what is lost and what is gained. Read More: Keanu Reeves on Why Film Should Stick Around in the Digital Age Scorsese is just one of the many luminaries featured in "Side by Side Extra," a comprehensive
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Exclusive: Lena Dunham on How Technology is Giving Us Add

Exclusive: Lena Dunham on How Technology is Giving Us Add
Read More: Keanu Reeves on Why Film Should Stick Around in the Digital Age "I saw a kid in a stroller watching an iPad last week and I was like, 'This is kind of fucked,'" said Dunham in this clip from "Side by Side Extra," Volumes 1-5, a five-volume DVD collection of some of the most fascinating extended interviews captured during the making of "Side by Side."  "I think that everybody I know has some version of attention deficit disorder," said Dunham as she waxes nostalgic for the old days when we watched movies on big screens rather than on our phones. Dunham is just one of the people included in "Side by Side Extra," a comprehensive exploration of how digital technology has transformed the way films are made. Directed by Christopher Kenneally, director of the original "Side by Side," and produced by Keanu Reeves and Justin Szlasa, "Side
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Exclusive: Keanu Reeves on Why Film Should Stick Around in the Digital Age

Exclusive: Keanu Reeves on Why Film Should Stick Around in the Digital Age
Read More: Review: Keanu Reeves Kicks Ass to Avenge His Dead Dog in Satisfying 'John Wick' To some, the name Keanu Reeves conjures up images from "The Matrix," "Speed" or even "Bill & Ted's Excellent Adventure," but for true cineastes, Reeves' most significant role yet may be as the producer of "Side by Side," the 2012 documentary about the transition from photochemical film to digital production. Now, Reeves has produced the follow-up, "Side by Side Extra," Volumes 1-5, a five-volume DVD collection of some of the most fascinating extended interviews captured during the making of "Side by Side." Directed by Christopher Kenneally, director of the original documentary and produced by Reeves and Justin Szlasa, "Side by Side Extra" is a comprehensive exploration of how digital technology has transformed the way films are made. In an interview with Indiewire, Reeves conjectured why we feel so sentimental...
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Cannes Film Review: ‘Seduced and Abandoned’

Cannes Film Review: ‘Seduced and Abandoned’
Spirited, highly amusing and endearingly shambolic, James Toback’s “Seduced and Abandoned” seeks to represent an “uncategorizable” work about film, money, Cannes and death, roughly in that order. In other words, it’s basically a documentary that tracks the writer-helmer himself and co-conspirator Alec Baldwin as they schlep around the 2012 Cannes Film Festival and beyond, trying to hustle up coin for a loose remake of “Last Tango in Paris,” and meeting other filmmakers, financiers, studio execs, and stars along the way. Ultimately, the pic offers a timely, melancholy-tinged tribute to those fighting quixotically to make enduring, ambitious art rather than revenue for revenue’s sake.

Already acquired by HBO for North American broadcast, the pic could have dainty niche-theatrical legs offshore similar to those of “Side by Side.” Where Chris Kenneally’s recent docu about the digital-vs.-film debate was anchored by Keanu Reeves, “Seduced and Abandoned” has two charismatic frontmen in Toback and Baldwin,
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DVD Review: 'Side by Side'

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★★★★☆ Christopher Kenneally's Side by Side (2012) is a timely and level-headed look at the challenge the digital process presents to century-old photochemical filmmaking. Coming at a crucial turning point for cinema and featuring interviews with some of cinema's most important contemporary directors, Side by Side functions as an essential state-of-the-nation view of filmmaking; taking stock of the past and looking to the future. By neither patronising the audience nor ascribing too much knowledge, Kenneally and interviewer Keanu Reeves strike the perfect tone, creating a film which is both informative and entertaining.

Side by Side charts the development and process of both digital and celluloid production with remarkable vigour and meticulousness, demonstrating that the technological decisions made in filmmaking are just as creative and vital as the artistic ones. By focusing on film history from a technological point of view, Side by Side offers an intriguing alternative narrative for the last
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Interview: Chris Kenneally, director of 'Side by Side'

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Side by Side (2012), the excellent documentary from Christopher Kenneally, arrives at a crucial time for the ever-evolving medium of cinema. Featuring stellar interviews with some of the most important directors working today, including Martin Scorsese, James Cameron, Steven Soderbergh, Danny Boyle and Chris Nolan, the film charts the history and processes of celluloid filmmaking and the rapid rise of digital as a cheaper alternative. It's an intelligently level-headed film which manages to be both hugely informative and thoroughly entertaining. CineVue's Craig Williams spoke with the director Kenneally, and delved into some of the issues raised in the film, and about the future of cinema as a whole.

Craig Williams: How did the film come about? Were all the directors and cinematographers happy to talk about the subject?

Christopher Kenneally: Almost everyone we reached out to in order to try and set up an interview were excited to talk
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Mark Kermode's DVD round-up

Les Misérables; Side by Side; Hors Satan

Although it may not be the first screen musical to feature live-on-set singing, Les Misérables (2012, Universal, 12) is certainly the most ambitious, a huge, sweeping epic that produced a tidal wave of tears when it opened in UK cinemas. According to news reports, audiences of all ages – both male and female – were weeping openly during the multitudinous dramatic climaxes, a response attributed to the immediacy and intimacy that live voice recording conjured. Certainly, the technique pays dividends, most notably in Oscar-winner Anne Hathaway's breathtakingly fragile rendition of I Dreamed a Dream, delivered in one continuous take, pitched somewhere between a whisper and a scream, between speech and song, with eye-watering results.

Yet for all its intimacy, the film does not skimp on spectacle. Nodding its head toward the lessons of Alan Parker's brilliant Evita, Tom Hooper's profoundly cinematic adaptation of a
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Competition: Win 'Side by Side' on DVD

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Join American-Canadian actor Keanu Reeves and a host of high profile directors for Christopher Kenneally's well-reviewed documentary Side by Side (2012), a fascinating, behind-the-scenes tour of the past, present and future of filmmaking and into a masterclass on the magic of the movies. To celebrate the long-awaited DVD release of Kenneally's must-see doc, we've kindly been provided with Three DVD copies of Side by Side to give away to our valued readers, courtesy of UK distributor Axiom Films. This is an exclusive competition for our Facebook and Twitter fans, so if you haven't already, 'Like' us at facebook.com/CineVueUK or follow us @CineVue before answering the question below.

For over 100 years, photo chemical film has been the standard format used to capture, develop, project and store movie images. Now, digital technology is challenging film's place as the gold standard for quality and longevity. With the aid of some of
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Martin Scorsese Talks Taxi Driver

Martin Scorsese Talks Taxi Driver
Here's an interesting little anecdote for any fans of Taxi Driver out there: Martin Scorsese was so keen to get the film made that he considered shooting on black-and-white video when he had trouble raising the money to film on, er, film, as he reveals in this deleted scene from filmmaking documentary Side By Side. brightcove.createExperiences();It's hard to imagine the film in black-and-white now, given how far its sunk into the fabric of our collective imagination, but perhaps the result could have been a little like Scorsese's slightly later classic, Raging Bull. The only problem would be that shooting on '70s video stock might have left us with a rather grainier version of the drama that might not have survived as well.Side By Side, of course, is the recent documentary that quizzes top directors and cinematographers on their preferences in film or digital filmmaking to examine
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Second Opinion - Side by Side (2012)

Side by Side, 2012.

Written and Directed by Christopher Kenneally.

Synopsis:

A documentary exploring the history, process and workflow of photochemical filmmaking and the digital revolution.

Side by Side is a must for anyone with an interest in the history of movies and the process of making them regardless of your background knowledge of the subject. I have a good understanding of the history of cinema and the (literal) film making process and the rise of digital camera within the Hollywood mainstream, and there was still plenty for me to take away from this. It is highly recommended.

The documentary could, and probably will, be used in film schools thanks to the educational sections on how a film camera works, how film is developed and the progress of digital from its early Sd days through to today’s 4K camera and the revolutionary Red cameras. Combined with this element are interviews
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Movie Review - Side by Side (2012)

Side by Side, 2012.

Written and Directed by Christopher Kenneally.

Synopsis:

A documentary investigating the history, process and workflow of both digital and photochemical film creation.

The struggle between the old and the new is something which has plagued cinema since the beginning; colour vs. black and white, sound vs. silent and widescreen vs. fullscreen. In all these instances, the new quickly replaced the old. However, there’s another technological development which threatens the classical way of making movies: the digital revolution. Is it really going to replace celluloid? And if it does, will it be better?

Side by Side, produced and fronted by Keanu Reeves, delves into this particularly thorny debate which is raging inside Hollywood. Looking at both sides of the argument, we see interviews from major Hollywood directors, producers, cinematographers and technicians, all of whom are very passionate about the subject.

There’s also a real enthusiasm to Reeves’ approach,
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This week's new films

Side By Side | A Good Day To Die Hard | Mea Maxima Culpa: Silence In The House Of God | Beautiful Creatures | This Is 40 | For Ellen | Run For Your Wife | Reign Of Assassins | Sammy's Great Escape | Andrea Bocelli: Love In Portofino | Madame De… | Murder 3

Side By Side (15)

(Christopher Kenneally, 2012, Us) 99 mins

Celluloid versus digital film-making – hardly a blockbuster proposition, but this surprisingly fascinating documentary makes you think twice about how movies are made, and seen. It also gives you a rare audience with the top technicians and film-makers out there (Scorsese, Cameron, Lucas, Nolan, Von Trier, Lynch, etc), while host Keanu Reeves keeps things informal and accessible.

A Good Day To Die Hard (12A)

(John Moore, 2013, Us) Bruce Willis, Jai Courtney. 98 mins.

Old dog Willis does no new tricks in this tiresomely cacophonous action movie, which brings in new pup Courtney for a father-son ass-kicking.

Mea Maxima Culpa: Silence In The House Of God
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Keanu Reeves: the future of cinema

Why I made a documentary about the differences - and affinities - between digital and celluloid

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I grew up with film. I understand how it can make you feel nostalgic. It stands for a halcyon past, like memories of your mother's cooking. Celluloid is a fantastic, romantic medium. But technology is evolving fast, and in exciting ways. And that's the reason I wanted to produce and present Side by Side, a documentary that asks how film-making is changing in the digital age.

The film tracks the losses and gains of Hollywood's move to digital cinema. Over a year between 2010 and 2011 director Chris Kenneally and I spoke to dozens of film-makers about working in an industry that is in the process of reinventing itself. We heard how digital had enabled the imagination of directors such as James Cameron, David Fincher and David Lynch – helping them
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