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Side by Side - a documentary
tini4
2012-05-21 11:39


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So much closer to me...
historical babe
2012-05-21 12:04


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Bogus! Seattle International Film Festival isn't showing this! I fully expected it to be here, *Belushi voice* but noooooooo!
ARYA
2012-05-21 12:28


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I hope it works out for you LucaM!
LucaM
2012-05-21 16:01


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So much closer to me...

tini4- now you're making me curious. just how close? :D

ARYA
2012-05-24 08:12


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http://deadcenter.festivalgenius.com/2012/films/sidebyside_chriskenneally_deadcenter2012


http://deadcenter.festivalgenius.com/2012/films/sidebyside_chriskenneally_deadcenter2012


For those near Oklahoma City

Meyke
2012-05-24 12:10


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@Arya, Thanks.
tini4
2012-05-25 03:57


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@ LucaM,
I live in Bulgaria and Romania's northern border state. I'd like to visit this festival - it is... :D / I'm sorry, my English is terrible ... simply unmatched /
ARYA
2012-06-07 07:05


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http://youtu.be/-o5IOKlF8JA

http://youtu.be/-o5IOKlF8JA

Side By Side interview with Slaza and Keanelly starts at 23:00 but the whole thing is kinda interesting.

LucaM
2012-06-10 20:29


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So. I went to the festival. watched the documentary. can't thank enough to the Side by Side team for making this film.
It's an ode to cinema. It's about marking a turning point in the history of cinema and raising awareness about it. Yes, it's a subject that's been discussed and bitched about for what, 10 years now, ever since Lucas proclaimed that film is dead. But maybe for the first time it brings all the opposite opinions together. Side by side. And for people like myself, 'civilian' moviegoers who while watching a movie often found themselves forgetting about the popcorn and instead wondering 'how it's made?', this film is like Christmas in June :)
I mean, I've read a bit about film making; I've come across some of the terms and looked up their definition; I knew what a DP does; I've scratched a bit the surface of the whole wide world of movie making. But to have the main processes explained clearly, precisely and in a language I could understand, all this in a one-and-a-half hour film, was like... like attending film school but without the (almost always compulsory) elitism and snobbery ;) :D

And watching the documentary at a film festival was a special experience per se. It was shown in a small old-fashioned theater, with creaking seats and wood floors and velvet curtains and no air conditioning; an old theater where once I used to go watch old cinematheque movies in black-and-white. There was a bitter-sweet irony about it. The audience was formed mainly by film festival guests and film students; people with technical background in movie making, and a few stray cats like myself, who just wanted to watch the documentary we read so much about. And it was a joy to see them react to the technical jokes; to hear a few of them hoot when on the screen someone was talking about the operator and the DP losing their god-like status on the set, or to hear them snicker when Cameron rhetorically asks Reeves 'you've been on a few sets in your life, haven't you?'

... And I've got a confession to make. Remember that reviewer who wrote that he found Reeves' sporting twenty-something haircuts during the film distracting? Well... it might have been because I've seen the blessed haircuts before, in stills and other photos, but... after the first twenty minutes, I didn't even notice it was Keanu Reeves interviewing all those people. I was so caught in the whole experience of having that whole world explained to me that it didn't matter. Yes, the corner of my eye did capture the images of someone asking questions with his hands ;) but the images were filed for later analysis. The fangirl was dismissed; I was a student watching and listening a captivating lecture. you know those 'Keanu Reeves film school' jokes the fish like to throw around? well, at the end of the day, the joke's on them.

It's a film about nostalgia and inevitability, with a very light note of sadness.


... and they'd better release it on DVD !!! :D

gulbie
2012-06-10 20:40


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I was a student watching and listening a captivating lecture

the sentence makes me full of envy for you. I want to watch the documentary too.

I hope they'd release it on DVD. ( or they'd show it at taormina film festival just for me ;)!!!!!)

LucaM
2012-06-10 21:30


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I hope they do :)

you know... it's funny and eerie but there is a certain kind of atmosphere around a film festival. After watching Side by Side, in the same day but late in the evening I attended an open air projection of a film ( a Danish smart little comedy). The location was a plaza in the historical center of the city; imagine a square place surrounded by 250 years old buildings and a 700 years old cathedral 'occupied' by about 400 plastic chairs and a huge movie screen. The film projector was mounted in the back of a truck and when leaving the plaza we had to pass by it. And I heard myself thinking out loud: 'hey, look, it's still on celluloid!' Quite a few people around me chuckled, and I realized we had seen the same film earlier that day :) It felt like being around kindred spirits.
... or maybe just the festival fever ;) :D

gulbie
2012-06-10 21:50


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wonderful location for a festival! I could see it throught you description.

maybe the festival fever woke up the kindred spirits.:D

oh there's someone still use celluloid for movies...I could already know what James Cameron or Georges Lucas think of them XD XD XD

LucaM
2012-06-10 21:59


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maybe :)

ARYA
2012-06-11 00:24


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without the (almost always compulsory) elitism and snobbery ;) :D

How someone so very elite, with every opportunity to be a snob, manages it is beyond the norm to say the least.
Thanks for sharing your experience. Very well said.
I believe Kenneally says something about the august release of a dvd and maybe some limited theatrical release on the vid?

http://youtu.be/-o5IOKlF8JA

tini4
2012-06-11 00:25


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Thank LukaM! Glad you told your experience of the film and atmosphere around a film festival. I want to go there! You make me feel deeply happy:) I hope so much a release on DVD...
Joke
2012-06-11 00:58


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@ARYA I hope they do that limited release in NY and LA, so the documentary can become eligible for the Oscars. ;-)
LucaM
2012-06-11 01:31


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You're welcome :)

ARYA - didn't watch that video yet; I'm still playing bits of the documentary in my head and don't want anything to interfere with that just yet :D
But if he said that, I'm happy :)

ARYA
2012-06-11 01:45


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@ Luca, that vid is long but the part about the release is in the last minute with Kenneally if you want to go there first. @Joke I hear ya.
LucaM
2012-06-12 01:45


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ARYA, if you wanted to revisit Side by Side, here's a chance:
http://rivertorivernyc.com/events/side-side


and for some Europeans:
http://www.filmfest-muenchen.de/de/filmprogramm/film-abc.aspx?filmId=3646

Sephonae
2012-06-12 01:53


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LucaM, thanks for that info! I'm totally interested in the NYC event but the problem with free stuff in NY is the CROWDS that swarm them! :-) But, since my kid's enrolling at college this fall and intends to study filmmaking, I think this would be a wonderful opportunity for him. My maternal instincts will, I hope, help me weather the hordes! :-D

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