Points West prod'n is couple's direction


Actors Jon Hamm and Jennifer Westfeldt have formed Points West Pictures, a production company the couple hopes will see them collaborating behind and in front of the camera.

Hamm became a hot commodity starring in the AMC critical darling "Mad Men," and Westfeldt, who has starred in shows like ABC's "Notes From the Underbelly," got her break in indie features by writing and starring in 2001's "Kissing Jessica Stein." The couple set up Points West to take a more active role in their respective careers.

They have three projects in development, two of which Westfeldt is penning and all of which will feature at least one of the actors. They also are in negotiations to option several properties.

Among the projects is an adaptation of Cusi Cram's play "Dusty and the Big Bad World," which had its world premiere this year at the Denver Center Theatre Company.

The ensemble dramedy, inspired by the 2005 PBS censorship scandal Bustergate, centers on a precocious 11-year-old girl with gay dads who wins a nationwide contest to have her family appear on her little brother's favorite TV show. The episode is pulled, however, when an influential member of the Christian right launches a campaign to cancel the program's public funding.

Westfeldt will pen the adaptation and play one of five key roles in what is eyed as a dark independent comedy. (partialdiff)