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“Side By Side” Documents the Debate Over the Digital Revolution in Filmmaking

Tune in every day this month for a new clip that didn’t make the final cut of Keanu Reeves and Chris Kenneally’s new documentary “Side By Side.” Listen in as master filmmakers debate: Will film survive?

Starting today, Tribeca will launch a month of conversation around the upcoming documentary release Side By Side, which chronicles “the science, art and impact of digital cinema.”

Produced by Keanu Reeves and directed by Chris Kenneally, Side by Side presents in-depth interviews with directors and cinematographers in an effort to explore the complex and divisive conversation currently taking place around the transition from traditional filmmaking to the new digital tools and techniques. Side by Side opens theatrically on August 17, and will be available on nationwide VOD on August 22.

Will film survive? Side by Side asks the definitive experts working in the field and compiles salient points made by both camps. With such a contentious subject, you can imagine that everyone had a lot to say. So as we kick off the month, we will continue the conversation on—home to the Future of Film blog, a platform that explores our changing industry on a weekly basis. Each day we'll post a new clip from one of the film’s prognosticators that couldn’t be squeezed into the final cut of the film. (Over time, you can view the aggregated clips here.)

From industry titans such as Martin Scorsese and James Cameron to digital darlings like Lena Dunham and David Fincher to some of celluloid’s greatest defenders, including Christopher Nolan’s cinematographer Wally Pfister, the clips will offer a daily opportunity to follow the debate that is portrayed so clearly in this seminal film.  

We'll be continuing the Side by Side conversation across social media all month, so make sure to check back in with us each day in August to hear a new voice and to share your thoughts on the digital revolution.


Side by Side premieres on VOD on August 22. Learn more.

Side by Side premieres theatrically on August 17 in Los Angeles (Laemmle NoHo 7), with more cities to follow. Keanu Reeves and Chris Kenneally will participate in Q&As after the 7:10pm screenings at the NoHo 7 on Friday and Saturday, August 17 & 18. Click for tickets.


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