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Chris Kenneally

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About the Movie

From Tribeca 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.

Rotten Tomatoes Movie Reviews


  • Reviews Counted: 65
  • Fresh: 60
  • Rotten: 5
  • Average Rating: 7.4/10

Top Critics' Reviews

Fresh: For a film geek this movie is absolute heaven, a dream symposium in which directors, cinematographers, editors and a few actors gather to opine on the details of their craft. – A.O. Scott, New York Times, Aug 30, 2012

Fresh: A meditation on the ways that art and technology flow into each other. – Owen Gleiberman, Entertainment Weekly, Aug 29, 2012

Fresh: Even disinterested viewers will have complicated feelings about the aesthetic, practical, and philosophical questions director Chris Kenneally poses about his subject. – Michelle Orange, Village Voice, Aug 28, 2012

Fresh: Film enthusiasts especially will appreciate this wonky but fascinating documentary about the process of making movies. – Joe Neumaier, New York Daily News, Aug 30, 2012

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Customer Reviews

What a bargain!

8 Dollars to rent, what is going on here????

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I found it absolutely fascinating and managed to watch it three times in the span of 48 hours. It should be used as a resource if you are into shooting photography or movies even if you are just a novice or hobbyist, which I''m not. Both the plot summary and the critics reviews from Rotten Tomatoes are accurate. If you are simply a fan of movies and not a techie, you will still understand everything. Explanations are clear and meant for the average person. I will be purchasing this at a later date. Well done!


For anyone who loves the movies, and loves filmmaking, this is worth watching. A kind of expose on how digital is changing how movies are being made, how stories are being told and how we are experiencing them. Very interesting.

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  • $9.99
  • Genre: Documentary
  • Released: 2012

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