DALLAS The Dallas Producers Association has awarded Joe Camp, producer of the Benji movies, the first Dallas Film Pioneer award, the organization said.
Camp, a former Dallas resident, accepted his award just as Benji Off the Leash debuts in theaters nationwide tomorrow. This fourth installment in the series marks the 30th anniversary of the first Benji movie, which was independently produced in Dallas, the association said.
"I am humbled by the award," Camp said. "I hope that it will challenge other Dallas producers to spend their time and efforts to persevere toward their own goal."
More than 71 million people have seen Benji movies in theaters, and each of the three previous films has performed in the top 10 percent during the year of its release, according to Camp.
"After a fade in the commercial and corporate markets for the past couple of years, and a decline in the number of features visiting our area, this year seems to mark a turnaround and a start of better things to come," said Scott Hadden, president of DPA and Film & Video Direction in Dallas.
With over 100 members, the DPA promotes the production of moving media throughout North Texas. The 130 TV specials, independent features and documentaries produced by DPA members have aired on PBS, CBS, HGTV, Fox, ESPN and Discovery.