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Top Five Documentaries of 2012

18 December 2012 1:02 PM, PST | Rope of Silicon | See recent Rope Of Silicon news »

I don't typically see many documentaries every year, but since becoming a member of the Broadcast Film Critics Association (Bfca) it has become far easier (and necessary) to see more of them over the last two years. One, I have to nominate and vote on the category for the Critics' Choice Awards and two, I get more screeners each year than I used to. This year I've watched 14 documentaries and have yet only seen seven of the 15 documentaries up for Best Documentary at the 2013 Oscars. Of those seven, only one makes my top five of 2012. Outside of the five I list below, virtually all of the documentaries I watched this year were quite great, but seeing how I only saw 14, it didn't make sense to do a top ten. So if you're looking for some additional docs to watch other than my top five, also consider Bad 25 (which would »

- Brad Brevet

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Plus Camerimage: Keanu Reeves and the Filmmakers of Side By Side

27 November 2012 | Comingsoon.net | See recent Comingsoon.net news »

Poland's annual cinematography festival, Plus Camerimage, is currently celebrating its 20th year and ComingSoon.net is on location all this week covering from the city of Bydgoszcz. Today, we're bringing you a special interview with actor Keanu Reeves, the host of the recent documentary Side By Side . Along with by director, Chris Kenneally and producer Justin Szlas, Reeves discusses the trio's look at the changing landscape of filmmaking and the pros and cons of entering an increasingly digital world. Begun at Camerimage two years ago, Side By Side boasts interviews with filmmakers like James Cameron, David Fincher, George Lucas, David Lynch, Christopher Nolan, Martin Scorsese, Danny Boyle and many more. Reeves, a budding director himself, also talks a bit about his debut »

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"Side By Side" Asks, Does Film Have a Future?

27 September 2012 6:15 AM, PDT | TribecaFilm.com | See recent Tribeca Film news »

Whether you know it or not, there's a revolution going on in Hollywood, right in front of your eyes. With shooting on film being notoriously expensive and (often) backbreakingly laborious, the use of digital technology is on the rise, transforming the way we make - and view - movies. The Tribeca Film documentary Side by Side presents the central issues in the film vs. digital debate in intelligent and dramatic fashion: The future of film as a medium is very much in doubt. Led in discussion by producer Keanu Reeves, renowned cinematographers, actors, directors, and post-production professionals - including Martin Scorsese, David Lynch, James Cameron, and David Fincher - share their insights into and misgivings about this pivotal time in cinema history. Reeves and director Chris Kenneally gathered such a wide array of information and opinions from the experts that they could not possibly use all of their material in a single documentary. »

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Global Showbiz Briefs: Keanu Reeves Doc, 007 Tour, Seven’s Bid For Consolidated, Nine’s Financial Woes

14 September 2012 12:42 AM, PDT | Deadline TV | See recent Deadline TV news »

Keanu Reeves Goes ‘Side By Side’ In Poland Plus Cameraimage, the International Film Festival of the Art of Cinematography that takes place in Poland, has added Keanu Reeves’ documentary Side By Side as its opening film. The film’s director, Chris Kenneally along with cinematographer Chris Cassidy, producer Justin Szlasa and producer/host Keanu Reeves will attend the screening in Bydgoszcz and talk about the film. Side By Side includes interviews with filmmakers like Christopher Nolan, David Fincher, George Lucas and martin Scorsese who discuss pros and cons of 35mm vs. digital. It was previously announced that David Lynch will receive the fest’s Lifetime Achievement Award for Directing. Fest runs Nov. 24 to Dec. 1. 007 Bond Tour Kicks Off Monday In The UK James Bond is set to travel the UK to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the franchise. Beginning Monday, Roger Moore and other Bond film stars will appear at »

- THE DEADLINE TEAM

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Film Review: Influential Filmmakers Discuss Digital Revolution in ‘Side by Side’

13 September 2012 8:00 AM, PDT | HollywoodChicago.com | See recent HollywoodChicago.com news »

Chicago – We are at the tipping point of a technology that has been used for a hundred years to capture the moving image. Shooting on film is going away as more and more filmmakers use digital technology to tell their stories. How does this change the art form? Is it a creative new landscape or the death of something important? Keanu Reeves guides us through this minefield of opinions in the excellent “Side by Side,” opening this weekend at the Siskel Film Center and now playing On Demand.

Rating: 3.5/5.0

The first thing one notices about “Side by Side” is the pedigree of the interview subjects chosen to discuss this incredibly interesting topic — James Cameron, Martin Scorsese, George Lucas, David Lynch, Christopher Nolan, David Fincher, Steven Soderbergh, Robert Rodriguez…the list goes on and on. How the digital revolution has impacted the art of film, positively and negatively, is clearly a »

- adam@hollywoodchicago.com (Adam Fendelman)

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Side by Side

5 September 2012 1:12 PM, PDT | Pastemagazine.com | See recent PasteMagazine news »

In Side by Side, Christopher Kenneally takes on the ever-contentious topic of 35mm film versus digital video by exploring the development of each and comparing them, as the title says, side by side. The movie opens with an air of mourning for the death of film, and continues on to examine everything from when Arriflex stopped investing in film technology to when the first Red camera was released, and beyond. But perhaps most interestingly, Side by Side examines this subject from the standpoint of film-making careers and how they have been affected—explaining how positions as diverse as editor, cinematographer, film »

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Walter Murch: Until Recently, Film was a Digital Sandwich Between Analog Slices of Bread

1 September 2012 4:15 PM, PDT | TribecaFilm.com | See recent Tribeca Film news »

Want to hear more takes on the film vs. digital debate? We have almost a month's worth of videos - and counting - in the Side Swipes archive. Side By Side is now playing on nationwide VOD, iTunes, Amazon and Vudu. The film is now in theaters in La, Boston, New York, and Seattle; more cities will follow in the weeks to come. Find out how and where you can watch it! Like Side By Side on Facebook and follow the film on Twitter @SideBySideMovie. In Theaters Boston, Ma: Mfa Boston - Now Playing New York, NY: Quad Cinema - Now Playing Note: Chris Kenneally will participate in Q and As after the 7:00 pm screenings on August 31 and September 1. New York, NY: Elinor Bunin Munroe Film Center - Now Playing Note: Chris Kenneally will participate in Q and As after the screenings on Friday (8/31) at 8:00 pm and Saturday (9/1) at 8:45 pm. »

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Lars Von Trier: It's Not Difficult To Make Films; You Just Have to Push a Button

31 August 2012 5:15 AM, PDT | TribecaFilm.com | See recent Tribeca Film news »

Want to hear more takes on the film vs. digital debate? We have almost a month's worth of videos - and counting - in the Side Swipes archive. Side By Side is now playing on nationwide VOD, iTunes, Amazon and Vudu. The film is now in theaters in La, Boston, New York, and Seattle; more cities will follow in the weeks to come. Find out how and where you can watch it! Like Side By Side on Facebook and follow the film on Twitter @SideBySideMovie. In Theaters Boston, Ma: Mfa Boston - Now Playing New York, NY: Quad Cinema - Now Playing Note: Chris Kenneally will participate in Q and As after the 7:00 pm screenings on August 31 and September 1. New York, NY: Elinor Bunin Munroe Film Center - Now Playing Note: Chris Kenneally will participate in Q and As after the screenings on Friday (8/31) at 8:00 pm and Saturday (9/1) at 8:45 pm. »

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Lena Dunham: No One Under 30 Doesn't Have Add

30 August 2012 4:30 AM, PDT | TribecaFilm.com | See recent Tribeca Film news »

Want to hear more takes on the film vs. digital debate? We have almost a month's worth of videos - and counting - in the Side Swipes archive. Side By Side is now playing on nationwide VOD, iTunes, Amazon and Vudu. The film is now in theaters in La and Boston, and opens tomorrow in NYC; more cities will follow in the weeks to come. Find out how and where you can watch it! Like Side By Side on Facebook and follow the film on Twitter @SideBySideMovie. In Theaters Los Angeles, CA: Laemmle NoHo 7 - Now Playing Boston, Ma: Mfa Boston - Now Playing New York, NY: Quad Cinema - August 31 Note: Chris Kenneally will participate in Q and As after the 7:00 pm screenings on August 31 and September 1. New York, NY: Elinor Bunin Munroe Film Center - August 31 Note: Chris Kenneally will participate in Q and As after the »

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[Interview] ‘Side By Side’ Director Christopher Kenneally on Working with Legends and Making the Educational Entertaining

29 August 2012 9:00 AM, PDT | The Film Stage | See recent The Film Stage news »

As a director, Christopher Kenneally only has one other feature-length documentary to his name. It’s likely you’ve never even heard his name up until now, but the up-and-coming filmmaker has already worked with Martin Scorsese, David Lynch, Steven Soderbergh, Christopher Nolan, David Fincher, James Cameron, George Lucas, Lars von Trier and the Wachowskis — among a few other Oscar winners.

It’s all thanks to Side By Side, an engaging new documentary focused on the battle between film and digital in today’s modern cinematic landscape. Kenneally was able to nab all these names through the help of Keanu Reeves, the film’s producer, interviewer and “host,” who guides us through this complicated subject with pit stops by some of the medium’s most successful artists.

How did your partnership with Keanu Reeves form?

Christopher Kenneally: Keanu Reeves and I were working on a movie called Henry’s Crime. »

- jpraup@gmail.com (thefilmstage.com)

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Barry Levinson: It's a Revolution; We'll Have to Think of Film Differently

29 August 2012 4:30 AM, PDT | TribecaFilm.com | See recent Tribeca Film news »

Want to hear more sides of the film vs. digital debate? We have a month's worth of videos - and counting - in the Side Swipes archive. Side By Side is now playing on nationwide VOD, iTunes, Amazon and Vudu. The film is now in theaters in La and Boston, and opens this Friday in NYC; more cities will follow in the weeks to come. Find out how and where you can watch it! Like Side By Side on Facebook and follow the film on Twitter @SideBySideMovie. In Theaters Los Angeles, CA: Laemmle NoHo 7 - Now Playing Boston, Ma: Mfa Boston - Now Playing New York, NY: Quad Cinema - August 31 Note: Chris Kenneally will participate in Q and As after the 7:00 pm screenings on August 31 and September 1. New York, NY: Elinor Bunin Munroe Film Center - August 31 Note: Chris Kenneally will participate in Q and As after the »

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“Side By Side” Now Playing

29 August 2012 3:30 AM, PDT | TribecaFilm.com | See recent Tribeca Film news »

The buzz surrounding Side By Side grew deafening after its nationwide release on VOD and digital platforms on August 22. Increasing numbers of movie lovers across the country are taking advantage of the opportunity to watch this fascinating documentary that chronicles 'the science, art and impact of digital cinema.' What's more, Side by Side reached the coveted iTunes top 10 documentaries list over the weekend, landing in the number 2 position. And the critics agree! David Poland of Movie City News describes Side By Side as 'an absolute Must-see for anyone who loves movies.' The Hollywood Reporter adds that the film is 'an engrossing and detailed crash course on the digital revolution.' Directed by Chris Kenneally and produced by Keanu Reeves, Side By Side explores the complicated and often divisive dialogue arising from the inevitable transition from traditional filmmaking methods to the use of the cutting-edge techniques available »

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Keanu Reeves Talks Side By Side, 47 Ronin, His Directorial Debut Man Of Tai Chi, Bill & Ted 3, and Point Break Live

23 August 2012 4:44 PM, PDT | Collider.com | See recent Collider.com news »

Hollywood is in the middle of a digital revolution.  Over the past few years, the titans of the industry have switched to digital cameras, and it seems like the days of shooting on film are drawing to a close.  Of course there will always be holdouts (Christopher Nolan), but as digital cameras get more and more advanced, you have to wonder how long it will be before everyone has converted.  These are the main issues explored in Keanu Reeves and Chris Kenneally's great documentary Side by Side.  The two filmmakers sat down with people like James Cameron, David Fincher, George Lucas, Christopher Nolan, Martin Scorsese, David Lynch, Stephen Soderbergh, and Andy and Lana Wachowski to talk about the evolving landscape of filmmaking.   If you're a film nerd, it's a must see movie.  For more on Side by Side, here's some outtakes and a trailer. Last week, I landed an exclusive interview with Keanu Reeves. »

- Steve 'Frosty' Weintraub

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Vertigo, Chris Marker, Side By Side and the Illusion of Cinema

23 August 2012 6:30 AM, PDT | TribecaFilm.com | See recent Tribeca Film news »

Cinema is built upon smoke and mirrors, the promise that if the audience suspends their disbelief, they will be transported to a more interesting realm. Chris Kenneally and Keanu Reeves's documentary Side By Side (now on VOD) is a testament to this element of trickery integral to cinema - by exploring the divide between the celluloid and digital formats, and questioning what is lost and gained in the process of that transition, the film reveals how cinema is at a moment where it is losing one key format, and attempting to replace it with another, despite the fact that this task is impossible. The events of the past month in the larger film world point to a similar idea of loss and recreation at the heart of cinema. We lost one of our greatest filmmakers, the master of the essay film, Chris Marker, the same week that the BFI's »

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"Side By Side" Director Chris Kenneally on How Keanu's Curiosity Sparked the Film

22 August 2012 2:00 AM, PDT | TribecaFilm.com | See recent Tribeca Film news »

Produced by Keanu Reeves and directed by Chris Kenneally, Side By Side is a riveting, entertaining new documentary about the current - and increasingly widespread - shift in filmmaking technology. As directors and cinematographers (in many cases) abandon traditional celluloid filmmaking in favor of rapidly developing digital tools, what, if anything, are we losing in the process? Are fears that movies will devolve in quality well founded? Or are these worries much ado about nothing? Is it a moot point anyway, given the foregone conclusions of the digital revolution? These are the sorts of fascinating, divisive questions Side By Side explores via in-depth interviews with professionals involved in all stages of the filmmaking process. From pioneering directors like James Cameron and Martin Scorsese to artistic innovators like Christopher Nolan and Lena Dunham, from cinematographers like Wally Pfister and Michael Chapman to visual effects standouts like Dennis Muren and Adam Valdez (and so, »

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'Side by Side' reflects a watershed moment in the history of film

18 August 2012 11:18 AM, PDT | Hitfix | See recent Hitfix news »

I'm not really sure what's left to be said in the great film vs. digital debate, but if nothing else, Christopher Kenneally's "Side by Side" brings things to a head nicely as it represents the layman's way into the discussion. These things always reach broader consideration last and no film, to date, has been as thorough and definitive as this. A year after "Hugo" brought concepts of film preservation into a narrative fold and fed a meta fire throughout a season very much about Hollywood and the history of cinema, the debate rages on. That film's director, Martin Scorsese, the great protector of »

- Kristopher Tapley

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Side by Side Movie Review

18 August 2012 4:56 AM, PDT | ShockYa | See recent ShockYa news »

Title: Side by Side Director: Chris Kenneally Featuring: Keanu Reeves, Steven Soderbergh, David Lynch, David Fincher, Martin ScorseseJames Cameron, George Lucas, Christopher Nolan, Richard Linklater, Robert Rodriguez, Anne Coates, Danny Boyle, Lars Von Trier, Walter Murch, John Malkovich, Lena Dunham, Greta Gerwig Cinema has always been marked by the push and pull between art, commerce and technology, but perhaps never more so than with the advent of digital filmmaking, which stands poised to sweep aside more than a century of celluloid technique and history. Directed by Chris Kenneally and anchored by interviewer-producer Keanu Reeves, the superlative new documentary “Side by Side” seeks to explore this revolution through the eyes of some  [ Read More ] »

- bsimon

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Dialogue: Keanu Reeves Talks the Digital Future of Film and Its Influence on His Directorial Debut

17 August 2012 12:00 PM, PDT | Movies.com | See recent Movies.com news »

This weekend we get the perfect film to close out the summer, an all-star bash with many of your favorites from the last few decades of the movies. No, not the Expendables sequel. This is something with even more famous names than that. It's the latest from Christopher Nolan, James Cameron, George Lucas, Andy and Lana Wachowski, Martin Scorsese, David Lynch, David Fincher, Danny Boyle, Steven Soderbergh, Lars von Trier, Robert Rodriguez, Richard Linklater, Joel Schumacher and Lena Dunham. Titled Side by Side, it's the new documentary from Christopher Kenneally (Crazy Legs Conti: Zen and the Art of Competitive Eating) and it's produced, narrated and hosted by actor Keanu Reeves. What kind of nonfiction topic could gather all these experts and artists together? Obviously...

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- Christopher Campbell

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Side By Side | Review

17 August 2012 11:40 AM, PDT | ioncinema | See recent ioncinema news »

Film vs. digital doc obscures message with overt Hollywood deference

From the opening Oscar broadcast-style montage of iconic movie clips (apparently it is only Hollywood, and not international cinema, that was able to “inspire us, thrill us, and capture our imagination”), Chris Kenneally’s documentary Side by Side, which weighs the pros and cons of traditional photochemical filmmaking against fast-encroaching digital image capture and projection, indulges Hollywood pretense to the point that a potentially revealing snapshot of a great art form in transition becomes overwhelmed by industry self-congratulation. The movie is made by insiders, for insiders; it pretends to be addressed to the general populace (narrator Keanu Reeves “educates” the viewer, PSA-style, as to what the “job” of the cinematographer is) only as a ploy to indulge the big name participants’ ego-stroking fantasy that everyday American toilers could care a lick about their “workflow” problems.

Interviewer/narrator Reeves is enthusiastic »

- Ryan Brown

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Side By Side—movie review

16 August 2012 9:55 PM, PDT | Leonard Maltin's Movie Crazy | See recent Leonard Maltin's Movie Crazy news »

I never expected Keanu Reeves to be my guide to the history of digital filmmaking, but that’s the role he plays as producer and host of the vital documentary Side by Side, written and directed by Chris Kenneally. It opens theatrically today in Los Angeles, with New York and other cities to follow. It will also be available On Demand next week. Reeves shares the screen with such formidable filmmakers as George Lucas, Martin Scorsese, James Cameron, David Fincher, Steven Soderbergh, and Danny Boyle, to name just a few marquee names, along with product developers and executives, film archivists, and many of the world’s leading cinematographers. I anticipated a heated...

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- Leonard Maltin

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