Side by Side

Side by Side is a documentary about the progression of cinema technology, from 35mm, which has been the industry standard for 102 years, to digital cinema.

It might sound like dry stuff, but for a lover of cinema, it’s actually really wonderful, to spend ninety minutes with some of the most prominent and influential filmmakers of our time (Martin Scorcese, David Lynch, David Fincher, Christopher Nolan, George Lucas, James Cameron, Lars von Trier, Lena Dunham), and a whole host of film editors, cinematographers, and post production crew. It gives you a great sense of how these recent innovations fit historically for cinema as a whole, how particular groundbreaking films made certain innovations acceptable (The Celebration, 28 Days Later, Slumdog Millionaire).

It also provides a basic understanding about how a feature film gets made. I love film and its been a major part of my life since I was in high school, but I never had a great sense of what it was like behind the scenes (despite having seen many movies about making movies!), what the actually process of making a hollywood movie was like, from developing the film, adjusting color levels, how editing is different when cutting film vs editing digitally.

The third great thing about this film is that it explains what’s coming for Images Cinema with its imminent conversion to digital cinema exhibition. It’s a huge step for the cinema, historic even, and it’s good to understand how we fit in with the system at large.

It’s playing now through Thursday, October 25. Check the schedule (Queen of Versailles is also now playing).


About janetmcurran

Janet Curran is the Managing Director of Images Cinema. She watches most everything that shows at the cinema, and usually has an opinion about it!
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