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Take 5 with “The Side Effects of Barry”

We’ve asked the filmmakers for the 11th annual Oxford Film Festival the same five questions. Meet John Charles Meyer, co-writer and co-producer of The Side Effects of Barry. This film will be screening Friday, Feb. 7 at 11:30 a.m. and Saturday, Feb. 8 at 6 p.m.

#1: In 140 characters or less, describe your movie and why someone should see it.

A good man is hard to find. America’s pharmaceutical advertisers are here to help…

#2: Biggest lesson learned in getting the film made? Best part in getting the film made?

The biggest lesson, learned many times before on virtually every film we’ve made, is that everything takes longer than you think it will. The best part of getting the film made is seeing audiences react to the words we’ve written.

#3: Tell us about you. What is your movie making background?

We (John and Etienne) are Los Angeles actors with modest (but growing) resumes in television, film, and theater. Between us, we’ve appeared in shows on CBS, ABC, BET, Nickelodeon, and TNT. We started producing our own films a few years ago. “Side Effects of Barry” is the first film we’ve also written ourselves.

#4 What do you want the Oxford Film Festival audience to know about your film that isn’t obvious from its title or description?

When we set out to make this film, our target for satire was the pharmaceutical industry, not any particular type or group of women/people/lovers. I think most people understand that, but just in case…

#5: What does the future hold in store for your film and for you?

"Side Effects of Barry" was just a fun project, and we’re excited that Oxford is one of eight festivals screening it across the US and UK. As for us, we are in development on two feature-length films right now, both of which we plan to shoot in 2014.

"Dave Made A Maze" is an adventure/comedy about a frustrated artist who gets lost inside the cardboard fort he builds in his living room. With seven TV stars attached (from "True Blood," "Justified," "Workaholics," "Chuck," "MadTV," "Daily Show with Jon Stewart," etc), and a production design team from Seth Green’s "Robot Chicken," the film will feature practical effects, stop-motion animation, and an elaborate, origami-inspired set. The other feature, "Granite Rapids Moon," is a family drama set in the Grand Canyon.

Finally, on a personal note, we are engaged to be married in 2014.

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