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Jon Artigo and Andrea Ajemian are teaming up again to complete what they set out to do 6 years ago. Their goal was to produce 3 movies set in central Massachusetts, while making significant jumps in budget from the first to the third. They will be looking to the community again for support. As they have done with all of their films, they plan on casting many of the roles with local actors


The communication skills between Jon and Andrea are unprecedented in the industry. Although this photo shows a much softer side of Jon, he can get a little crazy.


First was Rutland, USA, produced for just $4,000 with a crew of 4. This edgy, comedic digital feature won awards at multiple film festivals and has become a favorite among
   
college students looking for a late night break from their studies. RUSA opened to 4 consecutive sold out shows at the former Bijou Cinema in Worcester and was the highest grossing film during the week that it ran at West Boylston Cinemas. The filmmakers self distributed the movie on DVD, bringing in over $10,000. Rutland, USA is currently available for purchase at www.RutlandUSAtheMovie.com
 
Next came the family comedy Freedom Park. Shot for roughly $60,000, FP played for a combined 15 weeks in 9 theaters, grossing almost $40,000. The DVD went on sale in June of
   
2005 and is being distributed by the filmmakers. FP launched the acting careers of Tim Fields and Brett DelBuono, who are now both working in Hollywood and have recently landed major roles in studio produced feature films and television pilots. Freedom Park is currently available for purchase at www.FreedomParktheMovie.com
 

Still Green, a $250,000 budgeted teen drama, was shot along the Gulf Coast of Florida during the summer of 2005. Currently in post-production, producers are hoping for a Sundance Film Festival premiere in January of 2007.
   
Still Green stars Sarah Jones (Big Love, Cold Case), Ryan Kelley (Mean Creek, Stolen Summer, Smallville), Douglas Spain (Band of Brothers, But I'm a Cheerleader) and Noah Segan (Brick, The Visitation). Visit the website for Still Green at www.StillGreenMovie.com
 
We Got the Beat will be the next feature for the directing and producing team of Jon Artigo and Andrea Ajemian. It will be shot in Massachusetts and set in 1983. CLICK HERE to sign up on the film's email list to keep you up to date and in the loop of what's happening with the movie.

Jon Artigo
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  Writer/Director
Jon currently serves on the advisory board for the American Screenwriters Association.  He has directed three feature films, including the award winning Freedom Park and Still Green, three short films, and one television pilot. He previously ran a popular improv comedy school in Hollywood, and has coached such actors as Trevor Morgan (The Patriot, The 6th Sense, Jurassic Park 3) and Mika Boorem (Dirty Dancing: Havana Nights, Blue Crush). In addition, Jon studied improvisation at the acclaimed Improv Olympic in Chicago.  He attended college at San Francisco State University, where he studied Communications. 

     
Andrea Ajemian


  Producer/Actress
Andrea has produced and starred in both award winning films Rutland, USA and Freedom Park.   She has led these productions from conception to production, theatrical runs, DVD creation, and distribution.  In 2005 in addition to producing Still Green, she starred in and produced an effects heavy, short film called Tumblers, shot entirely in front of a green screen. Andrea made her directorial debut with her documentary road trip film The Green House Girls, which anticipates a festival run beginning in the fall of 2006.  She studied improvisation at The Groundlings in Los Angeles, and is a graduate of Elmira College, where she studied Public Relations and Theater.

 

 

 

Brian Crane
 

Director of Photography
Brian Crane has over forty years of cinematography and lighting experience in the entertainment industry and has worked with some of the best directors and actors in Hollywood. He is coming to this project directly from the set of Fox’s House, M.D. where he works as the chief lighting designer and technician. He has worked in cinematography and lighting for Paramount and Columbia Studios, as well as National Geographic and the Discovery Channel. His credits include Party of Five, Nick of Time, Drop Zone, and Entourage. One of his latest projects, Mutual Love Life, won numerous awards at festivals and was one of the top ten finalists for an Oscar nomination in 2004.

     
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Senior Stylist
Owner and Artistic Director of the award winning Jeffrey Robert Salon & Spa, in Worcester, Massachusetts, Jeffrey turns his attention to film. He is responsible for researching and designing all of the very 80’s looks that We Got The Beat has to offer. Voted “Best Hair Stylist” 3 times in central, MA, Jeffrey joined Redken 5th Ave NYC six years ago and has had the opportunity to share his love of the beauty industry with stylists and colorists all around the county. His experience includes stage, classroom, hands on, fashion shows, movies, television and session work for magazines. Jeffrey has 16+ years of being a stylist, salon owner and facilitator.

     
Doug Lloyd
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Production Designer
Doug Lloyd has produced, filmed, and edited a wide range of projects including features, shorts, music videos and television shows.  He produced and edited the feature film, Still Green, starring Sarah Jones from Big Love and Ryan Kelley from Mean Creek. He worked as the Art Director for Freedom Park. He has produced a segment called Uncovered for a nationally aired award-winning music television show.  His features included live concerts, story centered videos, and interviews with bands like The Doobie Brothers, Guster, Superdrag, OK Go, The Mighty Sam McClain and Tom TC Constanten – the original keyboardist for The Grateful Dead.  He is a graduate of Clark University.

     
Georgia Menides
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Production Designer
An Art Director for the independent family comedy Freedom Park, Georgia’s additional  art direction credits include Lame, an experimental short film, and The Casket, set in Brooklyn in the 1940s. She has worked in the set and prop departments in over 25 theatres across the country, including the Old Globe Theatre (CA), and SoHo Repertory Theatre (NY). Working in marketing for the Austin Film Society, she helped design the premieres for Spy Kids, and The South by South West International Film Festival: 2001. She also wrote and produced the feature film, Still Green, currently in the final stages of post-production.  She is a graduate of New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts.

     
Kaz Gamble
 

Music Producer
After graduating from New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts, Kaz joined the hip-hop group Bad Ronald (Reprise/Warner Brothers) who received heavy radio play and frequent spins on MTV. He was a performer and producer in the dance-pop duo Cooler Kids (Dreamworks) in 2003. After two Top 10 Billboard dance singles and an international tour, Gamble is still wearing both hats in boygirL, a darker reinvention of Cooler Kids.  He co-wrote Si*Se's single/title track from their current itunes hit album More Shine (Fuerte/Universal) and produced New York rapper Cazwell's single, It's All Over Your Face, being released on seminal disco label West End Records. Most recently, he produced a full-length album for Electro, Funk, & Soul artist Raistalla.

     
Douglas Kirkpatrick   General Counsel
An entertainment and corporate lawyer, Douglas has represented both public and private, corporate and entertainment clients, for the past twenty years.  He is currently representing the Producers of Napoleon Dynamite in connection with their development, production, and distribution deal involving their next feature film with MTV and Paramount Classics.  Doug also recently completed a $500,000 DVD distribution arrangement for two projects featuring the NBA star Baron Davis, with songs by Game, as well as a children’s project with Gwyneth Paltrow as the narrator.  He also recently negotiated the sale of a meditative prayer DVD to Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment.  Doug currently represents the film Still Green, in post-production.