Keanu Reeves Talks Filmmaking

In the new trailer for doc Side By Side

If you’re a documentary filmmaker, you usually have to struggle and strain to find famous folk who will agree to be interviewed. But what if your name is Keanu Reeves and you’re looking to talk to creative types on the subject of film’s development, its history and its digital future? The result is Side By Side, which will get its premiere at the Berlin International Film Festival next month and has put out a trailer that you can see below.

Reeves has rounded up a truly impressive roll call of cinematic creators to spark some debate about the use of 35mm, digital, 3D and beyond. Among the people popping up to talk? James Cameron, Christopher Nolan, Robert Rodriguez, David Lynch, George Lucas and a young newcomer named Martin Scorsese. Sheesh. Couldn't Keanu have landed any big names?

With the campaign to save 35mm still raging and endless debates about the creative benefits of 3D versus the cash-grabbing side of the format, this is one that should interest anyone fascinated by the technical soul of cinema. There’s no word on a release date here yet, but we’re hoping it’ll at least hit a few festivals and find an outlet on VOD or disc.