IFC Productions, the prolific New York production outfit behind Monsoon Wedding, Tadpole and Boys Don't Cry, has teamed with Killer Films and Jersey Films on Camp, a musical comedy which marks the directorial debut of writer Todd Graff. IFC had previously worked with Killer on Boys Don't Cry, but neither outfit has yet co-produced a film with Jersey, the Los Angeles-based company run by Danny DeVito, Michael Shamberg and Stacey Sher.
The film is set an extraordinary summer camp called Camp Bravo where a group of aspiring young actors, dancers and singers chase dreams, agents and each other. It features a soundtrack which will include songs by Stephen Sondheim, the Rolling Stones and Victoria Williams as well as two new original songs by Michael Gore (Fame) and lyricist Lynne Ahrens (stage hit Ragtime).
The film will be executive produced by Jonathan Sehring, Caroline Kaplan and Holly Becker at IFC Productions, and produced by Christine Vachon, Pamela Koffler and Katie Roumel at Killer, together with Killer executive producer John Wells. DeVito, Sher and Shamberg will also produce, with Richard Klubeck executive producing and Dan Levine co-producing for Jersey. Graff himself will also have a producer credit.
Graff's credits as a screenwriter include Used People, Angie, The Preacher's Wife and Coyote Ugly. He has acted in films such as Death To Smoochy, The Abyss and Five Corners. He is also developing Woman's Work at Jersey with Dean Parisot attached to direct, a thriller called Identical at Disney and Tomorrow Never Knows, the story of Beatles manager Brian Epstein. He is represented by Endeavor.
Killer has had a busy couple of years with The Safety Of Objects, One Hour Photo, The Grey Zone and Far From Heaven all scheduled for release in the next few months and Party Monster currently in production for directors Fenton Bailey and Randy Barbato. Jersey's recent credits include Erin Brockovich, The Caveman's Valentine and Ghost World, while IFC Productions is working on new films with Alan Taylor, John Sayles, Michael Almeyreda and Peter Hedges.