Berlin 2012: Keanu Reeves' 'Side by Side' Lands U.S. Distributor

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Tribeca Film has picked up domestic rights to the actor's documentary about the transition from traditional film to digital technology.

Tribeca Film has acquired U.S. rights to the Keanu Reeves-produced documentary Side by Side.

The film, directed by Chris Kenneally, explores the history of filmmaking and the impact of digital technology on the medium. It features a who's who of interviews with Hollywood heavyweights including James Cameron, David Fincher, David Lynch, George Lucas, Danny Boyle, Martin Scorsese, Christopher Nolan, Steven Soderbergh, Lars Von Trier and the Wachowski brothers (who directed Reeves in the Matrix franchise).

Side by Side, premiering at the Berlin International Film Festival on Wednesday, will be officially released this summer with plans to air on TV in early 2013 and in college film-school classrooms.

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"Cinema is at a tipping point. Digital has challenged, and in some ways completely overturned, a process of making movies on photochemical film that has been a tradition for over one hundred years," Kenneally said in a statement. "Side by Side is an intimate conversation between Keanu and the top professionals in the industry about this revolution and its impact."

Nick Savva, director of acquistions for Tribeca Film, negotiated the deal with producers Justin Szlasa and attorney Marc Simon of Cowan DeBaets Abrahams & Sheppard LLP.