Tribeca Film’s Unveils Keanu Reeves Doc About the Effects of the Digital Revolution on Cinema

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Technological advances have always driven major changes in the art of film making, from the coming of sound to the development of computer animation. But could the digital age render film itself irrelevant? Tribeca Film is tackling this question through a series online of video clips exploring the new documentary Side by Side.

The documentary, directed by Keanu Reeves and produced by Christopher Kenneally, deals with the effects of the digital revolution, and specifically new methods of shooting movies without film, upon traditional film making. After asking whether film can survive in its current form, Reeves explores the history of cinema and attempts to shed some light on its possible futures.

Reeves interviews a pantheon Hollywood mavens, including James Cameron, David Fincher, David Lynch, Christopher Nolan, Martin Scorsese, George Lucas, and Steven Soderbergh, in his attempt to depict the monumental shift digital film-making has created at the movies .

Tribeca Film’s Future of Film blog is hosting a continuing conversation by showing daily clips featuring interviews edited out of Side by Side in the final cut. Each day features a new interview with film industry veterans and stars, including Greta Gerwig, Jost Vacano, Wally Pfister,  and Ellen Kuras, among others.

Tribeca Films will release Side by Side through on-demand platforms on August 22.  The film will also play theatrically in select cities, including Los Angeles (August 17), New York (August 13), Boston (August 23), Seattle (August 31), Chicago (September 15), Tacoma (September 15), San Francisco (October 18), and other cities to be announced.

By Clare Coffey

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