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Michael Copon and Kim Kardashian dating?

Latest gossip: Star Michael Copon is reportedly dating Kim Kardashian. Google it. Is this true or some fancy rumor because Michael misses working with his favorite Armenian producer?
“Armenians are alot of fun so it’s possible.” Says Ajemian, the Massachusetts based film producer who worked with Copon on her indie comedy Boyband: Breaking Through in ’82.

Is Mike Copon missing his Armenian producer Andrea Ajemian? Or is it the Basturma?

Anyway- if you haven’t seen it lately check out the trailer for BOYBAND; BREAKING THROUGH IN ’82 which stars Michael Copon.  It’s currently playing at film festivals.

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BoyBand spotted in Worcester Magazine

Worcester Magazine

That ’80s film
Rutland filmmaker debuts trip back in time on Friday
Melissa McKeon

Rutland native Andrea Ajemian hardly remembers 1982, but like many who were just entering their teens later in the decade, she does remember the music that was born during that era.

“When I was in high school, everybody was crazy for New Kids on the Block,” she recalled.

Ajemian, who graduated from Wachusett Regional High School in 1993, admits she wasn’t much into the music scene in college; she was too busy preparing for a career in film, with some business thrown in. It’s a path that has led her to producing, where her business education and experience comes in handy.

When she heard John Artigo’s idea for a film about the boy bands of the 1980s, she jumped at the chance to produce it.

Artigo’s vision–a comedy about a high school quarterback who leaves it all behind to turn his heavy metal band into the first boy band–had everything Ajemian likes: fun, nostalgia and opportunities for young musicians and for teenage actors to get a foot in the door.

But it also had its challenges. Neither Artigo nor Ajemian were musicians.

“John and I were at a loss when we came up with this concept and put the script together,” Ajemian said. “We said, ‘we can’t pull this movie off without a real music person.”

Enter Kaz Gamble.

Gamble grew up in Worcester but was pretty far away from home pursuing (with great success) a music career of his own. He came home for a visit and was presented by his parents with a newspaper clipping about the movie. They were looking for someone just like him. It was an opportunity he couldn’t pass up.

Gamble had recently spent some time DJing oldies, so he admits the music of the 1980s was fresh in his mind.

But the task was daunting: come up with 20 original songs with the boy band feel.

“I went to film school, so I knew that making a film is a lot of work,” he said. “And it’s always harder than you think it’s going to be.”

Gamble went at it full bore. He researched extensively and then did what seemed impossible: produced modern music with an ’80s feel, and without the modern methods to prevent the modern sound from creeping in.

Harder than it sounds, he admits.

After accepting that he’d have to ditch a lot of the modern methods he was so familiar with, he faced the task of trying to replace them.

“You can’t believe, audio production has evolved so much since the ’80s,” he says. “It’s so out of fashion, so you can’t even get a lot of those sounds.”

Gamble couldn’t even find information online about mixing techniques; he went to thel ibrary to find a 1980s book about mixing to guide him.

Gamble wasn’t just writing music to sound like the 1980s; some themes were meant for older characters, whose music was from another era. And to be authentic, he realized that he’d have to take into account all the influences of the 1970s as well.

He’s feeling confident that he’s achieved the gaol: Folks who’ve previewed the movie think some of his songs are authentic to the era, not new imitations.

The movie has plenty of local appeal. Besides set at the fictional Worcester High School, it was filmed entirely in Worcester County. Also, besides Ajemian and Gamble, several local actors and musicians get their screen time with the bigger stars: Recent Wachusett Regional High School grads Nina Genatossio and Ryan Letourneau go to work beside One Tree Hill star Michael Copon and well-knowns E-Knock, Lorenzo Hooker III, Robert Hoffman, Ryan Hansen and Ming Na.

Mixing locals with Hollywood types is part of what makes the film so satisfying to Ajemian.

“In Worcester County, kids in that age group don’t get the opportunities to work as they do in L.A. or Boston or New York,” she said.

BoyBand: Breakin’ through in ’82 opens Friday, June 4, at Showcase Cinema North for a week’s run. An after-party at 9 p.m. ($7 cover) at Gilrein’s, 802 Main St., Worcester, will feature composer Kaz Gamble, who wrote the movie’s 20 original songs, as DJ, spinning 1980s music as well as the film’s soundtrack. boybandmovie.com

The Sentinel and Enterprise loves BoyBand

June 4 marks premiere for local independent movie

June 4 marks premiere for local independent movie
By Dan Magazu

LEOMINSTER–Residents who packed the stands at Doyle Field during the summer of 2008 for the filming of an independent movie will have a chance to see themselves on the big screen when it premieres in Worcester next week.

“There are a few different football scenes in the film and each one has a lot of crowd shots and close-ups,” said Andrea Ajemian, producer of the film “BoyBand: Breakin’ Through in ’82.” “A lot of the people who were in the stands during filming will appear in the movie.”

The film is scheduled to open to the public on Friday, June 4 at Showcase Cinema in Worcester, where it will run for one week. Originally called “We Got The Beat,” the film was shot entirely in Worcester County over the course of five weeks during the summer of 2008.

“It took us a year and a half to cut the movie down from three hours to an hour and a half,” Ajemian said. “I’m extremely happy with the final cut. We did a lot of test screening to figure out which scenes to keep and which to cut out.”

The movie is a commercial teen comedy set in 1982 about a high-school quarterback who qui9ts the team to turn his heavy-metal band into the first-ever boy band.

The film is being self-distributed in select theaters in Massachusetts and Ajemian hopes to create a national buzz. She said the movie differs form typical arthouse indie films, because it’s a wacky teen comedy with commercial appeal.

The writer and director of the film is Jon Artigo, whose other films include “Rutland, USA” and “Freedom Park.”

The film features 11 actors and actresses who have appeared in various television shows and movies.

The star of the film is Michael Copon, 27, who has appeared in “One Tree Hill,” “Beyond the Break” and “Reno 911.

“Michael will be at Friday’s opening,” Ajemian said.

Ajemian is a producer and partner with Artigo Ajemian Films, based in Worcester. The group’s first film had just a $4,000 budget, but “BoyBand: Breakin’ Through in ’82” cost $750,000 to make.

“We’ve come a long way,” Ajemian said. “We always promote Central Massachusetts in our work.”

The film isn’t yet rated, but filmmakers anticipate a PG-13 rating for language and sexual references.

There will be three showings on Friday. For more information, visit http://www.boybandmovie.com

An after-party open to the public will be held at Gilrein’s, located at 802 Main St., Worcester, following Friday’s opening. Doors open at 9 p.m. and there is a $7 cover charge.

Film Review for BoyBand

Locally filmed ‘BoyBand’ conveys entertaining parable
Jeffrey Long
Telegram & Gazette Reviewer

Filmed and set in Worcester, “BoyBand” is an amusing film about youth culture that returns us to the early 1980s, a time as twisty and colorful as a Rubik’s Cube. People did word processing, but couldn’t yet send e-mail. They could watch a video, but where were the video rental stores? And a cowboy from Illinois was in the White House.

Written and directed by Jon Artigo and produced by Andrea Ajemian, this comedy follows the fortunes of talented high school quarterback Brad (Michael Copon). This guy’s gridiron achievements are so legendary and he is personally so charismatic that his male schoolmates believe the mere invoking his name when out on a date will help them score.

But for Brad, all is not right in paradise. There is a hollowness in his life that no cheerleader or state championship can fill. He has been leading a double life, furtively hooking up in dark alleys with some “metal heads” (as his father disdainfully calls them). Brad dreams of openly performing with a heavy metal teen band, even as mainstream pop music culture is stumbling away from Disco and toward Madonna.

Moreover, even at the professional level, not many individuals transition well, in the long run, in trying to move from a life in athletics to one in the performing arts. For every Mark Harmon or Jim Brown, there is a least one Tanya Harding or O.J. Simpson.

So when Brad decides to take off his cleats and climb up on stage, he is greeted by looks of icy betrayal when at home and a sloppy Joe on the side of his face when walking across the school grounds.

With the full-throttle launching of his artistic energies, Brad in effect has hurled his life forward like a Hail Mary pass. But will his efforts connect or fall short?

This movie is hardly groundbreaking in its plot structure, as it is a straightforward narrative that has no reason to call attention to itself.

And the story is, admittedly, chock-full of stock characters: the Jock, the Sweetheart Left Behind, the Evil Authority Figure,, the New Age Freak, to name a few. The actors inhabit these roles credibly, although suspension of disbelief is needed to accept the legitimacy of some of the relationships between characters. (For example, why on earth would Brad remain with Pamela for so long? And what is up with his parents’ bizarre living arrangements?)

More than 20 original songs, composed by Worcester’s own Kaz Gamble, fuel this hard-driving comedy.

There is considerable sexual talk and posturing, both in and out of the film’s many dance numbers. But raunchiness is not what primarily supports “BoyBand,” which is ultimately a broadly entertaining parable about following one’s dreams. (The scene featuring the band’s performance of the song “Dreams” is a standout.)

As the narrative advances, so does the engaging quality of the dance sequences. Particularly notable are Michael Copon’s deft footwork and the break dancing and other athletic moves performed by Derf (E-Knock) and Joda (Lorenzo Hooker III).

In the end, this is both a rousing and sweet film about a teen whose “road less traveled” turns out to be paved with heavy metal.

It is hoped that this fourth collaboration between Jon Artigo and Andrea Ajemian will, like its story’s protagonist, emerge as a hometown hero. Locally filmed ‘BoyBand’ conveys entertaining parable

BoyBand to Open in Theaters!

Hey everyone! BoyBand is beginning it’s theatrical run in New England with two major theaters! Here are some dates to put on your calendar. Keep checking the blog for updates and become a fan of BoyBand: the Movie on Facebook.

Wednesday, June 2nd, from 6-8pm, BoyBand’s 80’s rollerskating party at Skylight Roller Rink at 648 Park Ave. We’re wearing 80’s clothes! You should too…but you don’t have to.

Thursday, June 3rd, cast/crew premiere – invite only

Friday, June 4th – Public Opening of BoyBand at Showcase Cinema North in Worcester. (Showtimes to come!) Q&A with stars Michael Copon, E-Knock, Lorenzo Hooker III, Writer/Director Jon Artigo, Producer Andrea Ajemian, and Music Producer Kaz Gamble to follow the 7pm and 9pm screenings. (check your local listings for exact screening times)

Friday, June 4th – After party at Gilrein’s, 802 Main Street, Worcester, 9pm-2am. There will be a cover.

Sat, June 5th – Q&A with Director/Producer/Music Producer after 7pm screening at Showcase Cinema North

Showcase Cinema North Worcester run from 6/4/10 – 6/10/10 – additional weeks may be added

Friday, June 11th – BoyBand opens at Showcase Cinema in Revere, MA – everyone come out and show some love for the opening in Revere – Q&A with stars E-Knock, Lorenzo Hooker III (from Status Quo), and Producer Andrea Ajemian after 7pm screening.

Showcase Cinema Revere Run fro 6/11/10 – 6/17/10 – additional weeks may be added

Check your local movie listings for exact screening times. Tickets can be purchased in advance.
More news to come. See you at the movies!
-Andrea (Producer)

Jon Artigo develops curriculum for ID Tech Camps

Hey All – check out the nice article on Director Jon Artigo discussing not only the new editing curriculum that Jon developed for ID Tech Camps, but the relationship Jon and Andrea have had with ID Tech camps over the years. It just goes to show how much Jon and Andrea have been giving back for so long. It’s really inspiring.

Click here to read the article

Producer Andrea Ajemian speaks at Society of Professional Communicators

BoyBand’s tireless producer, Andrea Ajemian, takes a break from her Holly-woo lifestyle to speak at the Society of Professional Communicators on Tuesday February 9th. So come check her out if you want to get educated. She will speak about promoting Central, Massachusetts through film and video and her experience producing four feature films during the last eight years. That’s right, she’s produced 3 more feature films in the last 8 years than James Cameron!

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