We’ve asked the filmmakers for the 11th annual Oxford Film Festival the same five questions. Meet Rob Benedict, writer, producer and actor of The Sidekick. 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.
The Sidekick is a comedy about an aging Superhero sidekick trying to find his purpose in the world after he is unceremoniously fired and replaced with a younger talent. It is not only a funny take on the Superhero genre, but an allegory for finding your purpose in life even as you grow older and lose your youthful “zip”!
#2: Biggest lesson learned in getting the film made? Best part in getting the film made?
Making a movie is hard! Going through it you wonder how anything gets made! The time, money, cast— its all so precious, you appreciate every other indie film that has made it to completion. The best part was seeing my writing acted out, getting it done, and seeing the vision actualized was incredibly gratifying.
#3: Tell us about you. What is your movie making background?
I have made a career acting in tv and films. I’ve learned a lot about filmmaking and writing just from being a part of the process. I’ve written a few things over the years, including the short “Lifetripper” which did the film festival circuit last year. The Sidekick though is my first script written by myself that was produced.
#4 What do you want the Oxford Film Festival audience to know about your film that isn’t obvious from its title or description?
People will enjoy seeing a very recognizable cast including Lizzy Caplan (Masters of Sex), Ron Livingston, Jason Ritter, Martin Starr, Richard Speight Jr, Ike Barinholtz (The Mindy Project), Jordan Peele (Key and Peele) and veteran actor Sam McMurray.
#5: What does the future hold in store for your film and for you?
We will continue to screen the movie at festivals throughout the year, and then we will be doing an online release. I have a couple of acting projects that will keep me busy in the first part of they year. We are also looking at the possibility of adapting The Sidekick into a television series.