ScreenDaily.com (US), February 13, 2012
Tribeca scoops Side By Side
Keanu Reeves produces and presents the documentary.
by Wendy Mitchell
Tribeca Film has taken North American rights to Side By Side, the documentary about the digital revolution and its impact on filmmaking.
Keanu Reeves produces and presents the film, which is directed by Chris Kenneally.
The film has its world premiere here at the Berlinale. Its interviewees include James Cameron, David Fincher, George Lucas, David Lynch, Christopher Nolan, Martin Scorsese, and Steven Soderbergh.
Tribeca plans a summer release on multiple platforms, and the filmmakers plan a college tour as well.
“Cinema is at a tipping point. Digital has challenged, and in some ways completely overturned, a process of making movies on photochemical film that has been a tradition for over one hundred years,” said Kenneally. “Side by Side is an intimate conversation between Keanu and the top professionals in the industry about this revolution and its impact.”
“Keanu Reeves has long distinguished himself with compelling and original performances, but with Side By Side he demonstrates another dimension: remarkable passion and thoughtfulness about the state of film itself,” added Nancy Schafer, EVP of Tribeca Enterprises. “Chris Kenneally has created a fantastic resource about the film medium and we are anticipating a great dialogue throughout this year as audiences experience Side by Side.”
The deal was negotiated by Tribeca’s Nick Savva with producer Justin Szlasa and attorney Marc Simon of Cowan DeBaets Abrahams & Sheppard LLP.