Breadline Productions’ critically acclaimed passion project premieres at the Idyllwild Independent Festival of Cinema.
In “From Grace”, three couples take a weekend to get away from their lives, only to find that their lives are closer than they ever imagined. This unique film explores the faith and courage required to move forward in life after encountering our deepest personal truths. When filmmaker and Artistic Director of Breadline Productions, Paul Kampf, visited Idyllwild and came upon the Strawberry Creek Inn, he knew he’d found the setting for his film. Upon discovering the unique, delectable recipes created and served at the Inn, Kampf incorporated and features them in his film. “Although the script was finished months before I discovered the Strawberry Creek Inn, it felt as if I had written it to be filmed here,” says Kampf.
Kampf, wrote From Grace for a group of actors studying in his acting class. It was Kampf’s desire to offer his students not only training, but a forum for practical application of their newly developed craft. The film should have cost $300,000, but through the dedication and tireless efforts of the twenty cast and crew members Kampf assembled, the film was shot in three days and cost less than 10% of the estimated cost.
In addition to being an official selection in the Idyllwild Independent Festival of Cinema, From Grace has already received a California Film Award and an Award of Merit from the Los Angeles Cinema Festival of Hollywood.
‘The Film has just started the screening process,’ says Kampf who looks forward to seeing the film travel the festival route over the coming year. ‘Getting a film like this completed is a great reward for all of us on many levels. Any additional recognition is truly a blessing.’
It is Breadline’s goal to make films of all sizes and budgets with this same approach to filmmaking. By investing in people, and working as a team like we’ve done with From Grace, we have a greater chance of artistic and financial success.
Breadline currently has two short films in post-production, and is in pre-production for one more. After completing the next series of short films, Breadline Productions will turn it’s attention to a larger feature film, which already has a lot of momentum.
Paul’s students talk about Paul as an acting teacher in this article from Back Stage.
Check out Paul’s Q&A about the writing process on Write On! Online.
Liz Rebert, Paul Kampf, and Breadline Productions have been featured in an article about collaboration in Back Stage. Check it out!
“We absolutely LOVED the play! [Paul] was incredible and the writing was phenomenal. I am an author and so, I appreciate writing that moves and inspires…Absolutely use my comments. I will tell everyone I know about the show. We see a lot of shows and this is truly one of the best we’ve ever ever seen!”
“11, September revives a faith in the possibility of excellent original theater in Los Angeles – extraordinary two-person cast, imaginative and wonderful use of words and space. If you are an actor, you must see this play – the work of these actors will ground and inspire you. If you are a writer, you must see this play – these actors and their talent will compel you to write. If you are weary of prepackaged, blandly acted television and film stories that pander to the lowest denominator, you must see this play – your intellect and sense of humanity will thank you. In sum, you owe it to yourself not to miss the acclaimed Breadline Theatre Group’s first production in LA!”
“A rising tension from the violence in the air and some very
intriguing inter-connections add to the play’s capacity to entrance,
and Chris Cash’s musical compositions help segue the many scenes with
a delicate solemnity, giving the event a cinematic feel.”
– LA Weekly
“Kampf and Rebert’s performances are on the nose… This production, by Chicago’s Breadline Company, of which Kampf is a founder, shows the capability of this company.”
“11, SEPTEMBER seems to be developing into a May/September love story, only to take several unexpected twists and turns. The play keeps going deeper and deeper into character… fate, coincidence, secrecy, murder, sexual abuse and chaos are just some of the things that have affected the lives of these two damaged but decent souls.”