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Tribeca Picks Up Documentary ‘Side By Side’; Entertainment One Unleashing ‘Jesus Henry Christ’

Posted by , on February 13, 2012 at 2:13 pm 

Good news, horrible news on the distribution front.

First up, Variety had learned that Side By Side, a fantastic-looking documentary from Keanu Reeves and director Christopher Kenneally, has been picked up by Tribeca Films. As the trailer already indicated, Side follows the Matrix star as he digs into “the development of cinema and the impact of digital filmmaking via in-depth interviews with filmmakers such as Danny Boyle, James Cameron, David Fincher, George Lucas, David Lynch, Christopher Nolan, Martin Scorsese, Steven Soderbergh, Lars Von Trier, the Wachowskis and more.” That, I’d dare say, is one of the finest collections of filmmaking talent ever compiled for a single project.

We’ll be able to get a look at the film when a theatrical and VOD release hits this coming summer; Reeves and Kenneally will also “bring the pic to college campuses and film schools” around this time next year, presumably in an attempt to get a discussion going on what the latter considers a “tipping point” for the medium. This news makes me incredibly happy, excited, and so forth, so here comes a development that should suck all the air out of the room.

The worst film that I laid my eyes upon in 2011 is, through some act of God, one which has only been seen by maybe 200 people: Jesus Henry Christ. Nearly 10 months later I still have Vietnam veteran-like flashbacks to this quirky little indie, which centered on… let’s see… something about a kid who was really smart? And then there’s this thing about Michael Sheen turning his teenage daughter into a lesbian? I’ve been trying to shut it out, guys.

But THR informs us that Entertainment One have acquired writer and director Dennis Lee‘s follow-up to the buried and forgotten Fireflies in the Garden, executive produced by Julia Roberts; Toni Collette also stars. It’s expected to hit theaters this spring. Take this as a warning to avoid Jesus Henry Christ like a hungry leopard in just a couple of months.

Will Side By Side get your money this summer? Is there any curiosity about Jesus Henry Christ?


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