A Minute With: Keanu Reeves going digital with 'Side By Side'

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By Iain Blair

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Keanu Reeves' latest film, "Side By Side," has no car chases, explosions or slow-motion bullets like those in "The Matrix." But for fans of cinema, it has something even more valuable - an inside look at digital technology's impact on traditional film.

The 98-minute documentary is co-produced by Reeves, who also acts as interviewer, and directed by Chris Kenneally and it features a who's who of Hollywood heavyweights discussing their views on making movies through film or digital means.

Filmmakers interviewed include James Cameron, David Fincher, David Lynch, George Lucas, Danny Boyle, Martin Scorsese, Christopher Nolan and Steven Soderbergh

"Side By Side" opened in Los Angeles on August 17, hits New York August 31 and plays around the United States in weeks to come. It is available nationwide on video-on-demand Wednesday.

Reeves recently spoke to Reuters about the movie.

Q: Where did the idea for "Side by Side" come from?

A: "A couple of years ago I was working on this film, "Henry's Crime," which I also produced, and I was talking with Chris Kenneally about all the new digital technology and all the changes in the industry. We were sitting in the post-production suite trying to match the photochemical image with the digital image, side by side, and it just hit me - film is going away, and we should document this whole evolution. So Chris and I gradually put a team together to make the documentary."

Q: The film features interviews with some 70 top filmmakers, directors of photography and other experts. How did you pull all that together?   Continued...

 
Actor Keanu Reeves attends a news conference to promote the film "Henry's Crime" during the 35th Toronto International Film Festival, September 14, 2010. REUTERS/Fred Thornhill