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For almost one hundred years there was only one way to make a movie with film.

Movies were shot, edited and projected using photochemical film. But over the last two decades a digital process has emerged to challenge photochemical filmmaking.

SIDE BY SIDE, a new documentary produced by Keanu Reeves, takes an in-depth look at this revolution. Through interviews with directors, cinematographers, film students, producers, technologists, editors, and exhibitors, SIDE BY SIDE examines all aspects of filmmaking from capture to edit, visual effects to color correction, distribution to archive. At this moment when digital and photochemical filmmaking coexist, SIDE BY SIDE explores what has been gained, what is lost, and what the future might bring.

The documentary investigates the history, process and workflow of both digital and photochemical film creation. We show what artists and filmmakers have been able to accomplish with both film and digital and how their needs and innovations have helped push filmmaking in new directions. Interviews with directors, cinematographers, colorists, scientists, engineers and artists reveal their experiences and feelings about working with film and digital where we are now, how we got here and what the future may bring.


Keanu Reeves
Steven Soderbergh
James Cameron
David Lynch
Richard Linklater
Martin Scorsese
Lana Wachowski
Andy Wachowski
Christopher Nolan
Walter Pfister ASC
David Fincher
Reed Morano
Greta Gerwig
George Lucas
Robert Rodriguez
Michael Chapman ASC
John Mathieson BSC
Vittorio Storaro ASC
David Stump ASC
Dick Pope BSC
Sandi Sissel ASC
Donald McAlpine ACS
Michael Ballhaus ASC
David Tattersall BSC

Phil Meheux BSC
Charles Herzfeld
Alec Shapiro
Lars von Trier
Anthony Dod Mantle BSC
Jason Kliot
Geoffrey Gilmore
Ellen Kuras ASC
Caroline Kaplan
Darnell Martin
John Malkovich
Danny Boyle
Thomas Rothman
Michael Phillips
Walter Murch ACE
Craig Wood
Derek Ambrosi
Anne Coates ACE
Chris Lebenzon ACE
Lorenzo DiBonaventure
John Knoll
Tim Webber
Dennis Muren
Adam Valdez
Jonathan Fawkner

Don Ciana
Terry Haggar
Andrej Bartkowick ASC
Stefan Sonnenfeld
Jill Bogdanowicz
Tim Stipan
Jost Vocano ASC
Geoff Boyle FBKS
Dion Beebe ASC ACS
Robert H. Harvey
Jim Jannard
Ted Schilowitz
Vilmos Zsigmond ASC
Bruce Dorn
Shruti Ganguly
Lena Dunham
Ari Presler
Glenn Kennel
Vincent M. Pace
Steve Schklair
Joel Schumacher
Barry Levinson
Michael Goi ASC
Gary Einhaus
Edward Stratmann

Crew DIRECTOR Chris Kenneally

PRODUCERS Keanu Reeves & Justin Szlasa


EDITORS Mike Long & Malcolm Hearn

ASSISTANT EDITOR Kamil Dobrowolski

COMPOSERS Brendan Ryan & Billy Ryan


PRODUCTION COMPANY A Company Films, LLC production Los Angeles, California USA

Additional Information

RUNNING TIME Theatrical version: 98 minutes (including end credit roll) Hour broadcast version: 56 minutes


World Premiere: February 15, 2012 International Filmfestspiele Berlin, official selection

North American Premiere: TBD


United States: New York (Montauk, New York City, Rochester, Niskayuna), California (Los Angeles, San Francisco), Texas (Austin)

Poland: Bydgoszcz

United Kingdom: London

Germany: Berlin

Morocco: Marrakech

Denmark: Copenhagen

Price: $29.99
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