After more than three decades of producing movies, Ted Field is expanding his Radar Pictures into the micro-budget arena by tapping veteran producer-director-teacher Paul Kampf as a partner, Variety has learned exclusively.
Kampf has signed an overall co-production deal with Radar under his production shingle Paul Kampf Studios. Kampf’s school has made three micro-budget feature films — “Amnesia (Who Are You?),” “Brad’s Untitled Restaurant Project” and “From Grace” — and will serve as a key source of talent for projects.
The first film under the Kampf-Radar partnership is “Homecoming,” a dark comedy written by Sarah Hehman and Christi Sperry that is planned for shooting in Portland in the late summer. The story centers on a husband getting his dream job and moving his simple family to wealthy suburbia, where his lonely, naive wife gets swept into the dangerous world of alpha moms.
Producers are Kampf, Field and Aldo LaPietra. Executive producers are Mike Weber and Holly Levow.
The deal is not limited to micro-budget projects. Radar has tasked Kampf to help steer its own projects into development as well as new films and series under the Paul Kampf Studios umbrella.
Radar has produced and exec produced more than 60 feature films dating back to “Revenge of the Nerds” and including “The Last Samurai,” “Runaway Bride,” “3 Men and a Baby,” “Cocktail,” “Springbreakers” and “Riddick.”
“It’s truly an honor to have our unique filmmaking philosophies and models recognized by Ted Field and Radar Pictures, one of Hollywood’s most iconic labels,” Kampf said. “We are already on the fast-track with ‘Homecoming’ and a number of other projects and look forward to creating and releasing a number of high-quality projects that we hope can also be critically acclaimed and also commercial successes.”
Kampf was a founding member and artistic director of Chicago’s Breadline Theatre Group, which produced 30 world-premiere plays during his tenure before he moved to Los Angeles to launch Paul Kampf Studios.