iD Tech Camps Hoping Former Staff Secure Big Budget Film Financing
Former iD Tech Camps employees Andrea Ajemian and Jon Artigo, who honed their producing skills in their management roles with the iD Tech Camps, are closing in on securing 3 million dollars to finance their upcoming feature film, a teen comedy "We Got the Beat." The duo have collaborated on three award-winning feature films during the past six years, working with other iD Tech Camps colleagues including Kevin Painchaud, Chad Meserve, Jill MacDonald, and Julie Fletcher. Ajemian is currently in negotiations with executive producers who would include "We Got the Beat" with a slate of films pitched to investors for a total of 50 million dollars.
“We could not be happier for Andrea and Jon. They are fabulous people and we take pride in knowing iD Tech Camps played a role in supporting their creative careers over the years”, said Pete Ingram-Cauchi, president and CEO of iD Tech Camps.
They say it’s a small world.
While on a conference call, Ajemian was telling an executive producer about her former employment with the top technology camp in the country. When she mentioned "iD Tech Camps," the executive producer burst out, "I have their brochure right here on my desk in front of me! My son is ten years old, loves creating video games and really wants to go to the camp next summer. I’m thinking of sending him to the Stanford Computer Camp."
“I couldn’t believe it”, said Ajemian. “Here I am knee deep in negotiations and iD Tech Camps comes up. It’s another reminder of how small the world is and how our lives interconnect. Of course, I told him of my experiences and how I feel iD is the best camp for his son.”
The teen comedy Ajemian and Artigo have written demonstrates they have a unique pulse on today’s youth. Both credit “being in tune” to their professional experiences with iD Tech Camps. They spent time with and around young people--giving them fodder for their creative inspirations in their own teen movies.
Artigo and Ajemian’s latest film "Still Green," a teen drama set along the gulf coast of Florida, just began it's festival run. Just weeks after premiering the film at the 32nd Annual New England Film and Video Festival in Brookline, it took top honors winning the Best Narrative Feature Award. “Still Green” won the Spirit of Independence Award for Best Ensemble at the Fort Lauderdale International Film Festival. As they wait to hear from upcoming festivals regarding acceptance, they are in negotiations with a sales agent who will then represent the film to both international and domestic distributors. The film stars Sarah Jones (HBO's Big Love, Showtime's Huff), Noah Segan (Brick, Cabin Fever II), Ryan Kelly (Mean Creek, Stolen Summer), and Douglas Spain (HBO's Band of Brothers, But I'm a Cheerleader).
iD Tech Camps was one of the first nationwide technology programs to offer movie camps and film camps to young students ages 10 to 17. They have been offering cutting-edge courses to students in digital movie editing since their inception in 1999. Their curriculum incorporates professional–grade Apple® Final Cut Pro® in which they have seen significant progression in the software’s capabilities over the years.
In 2008, iD Tech Camps launches the iD Film Academy at UC Berkeley in California. The teen movie camp offers intensive study in filmmaking and post-production. Students in this teen film camp learn from top-tier instructors who have an insider’s knowledge of the industry and film festival circuit. Surely, one of these students will be pitching their own movie project someday.