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Keanu Reeves on documentary 'Side by Side': 'It wasn't easy to make'

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Keanu Reeves has said that his new documentary Side by Side was incredibly difficult to produce.

Side by Side takes an in-depth look at digital technology's effect on the film industry over the last several decades.

My Own Private Idaho, Keanu Reeves, River Phoenix

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Speaking to Reuters, producer Reeves admitted it was tough to land the film's interviews with Martin Scorsese, George Lucas and David Lynch.

"It wasn't easy and it took almost a year to film everyone," he explained. "We began at the 2010 Camera Image festival in Poland and got a bunch of [cinematographers] there, including all these greats I'd worked with, such as Vittorio Storaro, Michael Chapman and Michael Ballhaus. That was our start, and then word-of-mouth spread, and I began contacting some of the directors I'd worked with over the past 25 years.

"So that history together obviously helped get some of the big names on board and we just started building momentum. We ended up getting nearly 150 people and then we had to cut it down for the final movie."

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The premiere of 'Side By Side' held at The Museum of Modern Art
New York City, USA

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The Dark Knight Rises World Premiere: Christopher Nolan

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Reeves also revealed that The Dark Knight Rises director Christopher Nolan was the hardest interviewee to track down.

"Chris Nolan [was tough], because his schedule on The Dark Knight Rises was so crazy. It took a long time to set that one up," Reeves recalled.

The star added: "I actually wrote to him on an old-fashioned typewriter. I think he got a kick out of that and we finally shot him in his trailer on the Batman set in LA."

Side by Side opens in cities across the US throughout the next several weeks.

Watch a trailer for Side by Side below:

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