Side By Side

Date: Monday, April 15 at 7 PM

99 minutes, English, 2011. Director Christoper Kenneally.




Side by Side, produced by Keanu Reeves, is an in-depth examination of how digital filmmaking is challenging traditional celluloid film as the gold standard in moviemaking. Side by Side captures the essence of the film versus digital debate through unprecedented access to influential filmmakers such as James Cameron, David Fincher, George Lucas, David Lynch, Martin Scorsese, Robert Rodriguez, Lana and Andy Wachowski, Steven Soderbergh and many more.

For almost one hundred years there was only one way to make a movie. Movies where 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 investigates the history, process and workflow of both digital and photochemical film creation, and how — at least for now — the two forms coexist side by side.

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. The film examines what is gained and what is lost both practically and philosophically in the changeover from film to digital through anecdotes and candid opinions about how the digital revolution is transforming their storytelling tools, techniques and democratizing the filmmaking process.

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.

Interviews include influential Hollywood Directors:

Lena Dunham                       John Malkovich                       Danny Boyle

George Lucas                       James Cameron                      David Fincher

David Lynch                          Robert Rodriguez                    Martin Scorsese

Steven Soderbergh           The Wachowskis                    Christopher Nolan

Joel Schumacher                Richard Linklater                    Lars von Trier



Monday, April 15, 2019 at 7 PM. Suggested donation at the door: $5 members, $7 nonmembers includes complimentary beverage. Watch the trailer online.

99 minutes, English, 2011. Director Christoper Kenneally.

The San Luis Obispo Museum of Art recognizes that film is a visual art form and is delighted to bring you a series of outstanding documentaries inspired by our current exhibitions. Films screen the third Monday of each month at 7 PM.