The Indie Film Corner: ‘Side by Side’


By Dennis Tavernetti
“Side By Side” from The Documentary Series presented by Emerging Pictures in HD at USCB Center For the Arts Wednesday, September 19 at 6:30 p.m.

Synopsis: Keanu Reeves takes the audience on a tour of the past and the future of filmmaking. Since the invention of cinema, the standard format for recording moving images has been film. Over the past two decades, a new form of digital filmmaking has emerged, creating a groundbreaking evolution in the medium. Reeves explores the development of cinema and the impact of digital filmmaking via in-depth interviews with Hollywood masters, such as James Cameron, David Fincher, David Lynch, Martin Scorsese and Steven Soderbergh.

Ratings & Reviews: Internet rating sites, IMDb: 8.2; Rotten Tomatoes: Critics: 93/Audience: 88. Very high marks. Critics: New York Daily News: “… fascinating documentary”; New York Times, “… this movie is absolute heaven…”; The Los Angeles Times: “unexpectedly essential viewing.”

Previewer Comments: This documentary has been very well received across the country by all types of filmgoers, who have an undying interest in the medium and the result. It is a certainty that the USCB Center for the Arts Indie film series would not exist if it was not for the digital revolution. The center only shows films that are recorded on digital media and stored on digital servers. The Beaufort International Film Festival only exhibits digital films. It is also a fact that the 35 MM film medium for major movies with major distribution is soon to be dead on arrival as the major carrier of cinema art form across the country and world.
Change begets change (some good and some bad); come explore and listen to the professionals’ views of this impact on the art form and film industry.  Who would have thought that Keanu Reeves would be capable of producing and creating such an interesting “film” … and yes, Virginia, it is digital and different, but will be the only viable media for the future of mainstream and Indie film making!

Rated: Unrated, but the subject matter is suitable for teens and adult interests and certainly will be required viewing for students of film around the world

Tickets for adults are $7, seniors $6, students $5. Call USCB Center for the Arts box office at 843-521-4145 or purchase day of performance. Box office opens an hour before show time.
Dennis Tavernetti is a resident of St. Helena Island and retired to the Lowcountry having a lifelong interest in the arts. He encouraged USCB ‘s Center for the Arts to investigate the possibility of utilizing new technology to bring Indie, World and Documentary HD films to Beaufort, which currently are normally only screened in major metropolitan cities.

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