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Midwestern-born Joe Camp worked as an advertising account executive before making numerous local TV commercials in the Dallas, Texas, area in the early 1970s. In 1974, he segued to the big screen with the independently distributed "Benji," an adventure yarn starring a lovable dog who thwarts a kidnapping. The film's surprise success (it grossed over five times its budget of $500,000) led to a series of film and TV sequels, including "For the Love of Benji" (1977) and "Benji the Hunted" (1987). In between, Camp wrote, produced and directed "Hawmps!" (1976), a based-on-fact comedy about camels trained by the US Army in Texas, and the family thriller "The Double McGuffin" (1979).
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Worked as a junior advertising account executive at McCann-Erickson in Houston, Texas
Formed Mulberrry Square Productions
Film directing, writing and producing debut, "Benji"
Executive produced, wrote and directed the sequel "For the Love of Benji"
Directed last film for 15 years, "Benji the Hunted"
Returned to movie making at helm of "Benji Returns - The Promise of Christmas"