Inside Reel – Digital Filmmaking Documentary (PBS)


Keanu Reeves’ new documentary Side by Side chronicles the impact of digital filmmaking and begs the question–what is the role of celluloid in modern cinema? 10 years ago, The Inside Reel posed a similar question with its doc The Inside Reel: Digital Filmmaking, which premiered on PBS in New York and Los Angeles.

The “digital revolution” is one of the most significant changes in the film industry since the advent of sound and color.  It is also one of the most debated topics among filmmakers and fans.  The program goes behind the scenes and talks to some of the world’ most successful filmmakers about the advent of digital technology to see how it’s changing the way films are made and ultimately seen.  By Interviewing over 32 respected actors and filmmakers, including Johnny Depp, Tim Burton (Edward Scissorhands, Batman), and Academy Award winning Directors, Oliver Stone (Platoon, JFK) and Robert Zemeckis (Forrest Gump, Back to the Future), The Inside Reel: Digital Filmmaking offers a glimpse and speaks to those at the forefront of this “evolution in filmmaking” and illustrates where these filmmakers believe the future of cinema is headed. The program highlights some of the biggest achievements and innovations of this digital revolution as well as illuminates some of the misconceptions and pitfalls filmmakers may fall into with the abuse of this technology. From desktop editing to photo realistic dinosaurs, digital technology is expanding the palate for all filmmakers and is forging cinema’s evolution into the 21st century. Marilyn Ross of The Hollywood Reporter called the program “a must see for anyone who loves movies.”

The Inside Reel‘s From the Vaults: The Directors DVD featuring interviews with George Lucas, James Cameron, Francis Ford Coppola, Quentin Tarantino and many more is coming to this fall.

Keanu Reeves’ Side by Side will be released theatrically on August 17.

Tom Fontana’s “Borgia” Now Streaming on Netflix

Tom Fontana's "Borgia"

From left to right: Stanley Weber, John Doman, Mark Ryder, Isolda Dychauk

Anytown, USA Executive Producer and Oz creator Tom Fontana’s new show Borgia has been added to Netflix’s watch instantly library. The European-produced series, which stars The Wire‘s John Doman as patriarch Rodrigo Borgia, follows the corrupt papal family’s rise to power in the late 15th century. North American rights to the show were purchased by Netflix in late September.

Rival The Borgias starring Jeremy Irons will not be accessible to internet audiences as Showtime has decided to make its current series available only to network subscribers. Fontana and The Borgias creator Neil Jordan intially proposed combining the two series but decided to part ways following creative differences on their historical interpretations of the infamous papal family.

After impressive premieres on France’s Canal + earlier this month and Germany’s ZDF Monday night, a second season of Borgia already seems likely according to The Hollywood Reporter.