Side by Side:
The Science, Art & Impact of Digital Cinema

  • Thur Feb 7
Side by Side

followed by a panel discussion with Scott Bliss, Executive Director of Cinemapolis; Marilyn Rivchin, retired Cornell University film instructor and filmmaker; Patrick Winters, Asst. Professor, TV & Radio, Ithaca College; Vani Subramanian, filmmaker and Visiting Fellow in the Dept of Performing and Media Arts; Andrew Utterson, Asst. Professor, Cinema & Photography, Ithaca College and author of From IBM to MGM: Cinema at the Dawn of the Digital Age (British Film Institute, 2011)

Christopher Kenneally
Keanu Reeves, Martin Scorsese, David Lynch, James Cameron, Steven Soderbergh, David Fincher

A fascinating exploration of the future of the moving image, the documentary Side by Side features a surprisingly insightful and curious Keanu Reeves discussing the digital revolution of cinema with many of the world’s greatest film artists, including James Cameron, George Lucas, Martin Scorsese, Lars von Trier, Steven Soderbergh, and many others. As cinema shifts from the grainy celluloid of film to digital modes of production, editing, special effects, and exhibition, the film provides a timely lesson on what cinema was, as well as what it is fast becoming. Whether talking to a firm believer in the pixilated future, like Star Wars director Lucas and Avatar’s Cameron, or a skeptic insistent on the increasingly forgotten artistry of celluloid, like The Dark Knight’s Christopher Nolan, Side by Side “doesn't argue that one format is necessarily better than the other, but it does make clear that we're living through a key moment in film history.” (Variety) “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. It is worth a year of film school and at least 1,000 hours of DVD bonus commentary.” (A.O. Scott, NY Times) If you are passionate about cinema’s past and future, this movie about movies is a must.


Digital Projection color
1 hour 38 minutes
release year/country
2012 USA