Ramfis Myrthil, Film Producer, Film Consultant and Speaker: They were in Harlem shooting the scenes and the neighbors had their windows open in the projects and you could just hear all these women saying I love you Denzel!
Film Courage: Have you ever crashed a set?
Ramfis: I’ve crashed a lot of film sets, that used to be my M.O., that was the thing that I did very early on in my career. I haven’t done that in a long time. I usually get invited now to set. There was one particular time that I want to share about where this was (again very early in my career) when I was just starting (I was very green) in the business and I just wanted to make things happen. So what I would do is look at the websites where you could find where a film is shooting, the street, the days they’re shooting, maybe the project. They’ll make up a different name for it and they’ll change the name of the actors that are in it or they’ll just have their character name just to be discreet, but I would do a ton of research and figure it out and just pop up and there was someone I wanted to work with or get in front of, I had a plan of how I wanted to talk to him, what I wanted to say. I’d say that a lot of the times it did work, it was successful. There was this time where a friend of mine that lived in Staten Island [New York], she was not in the business but she was in entertainment and loved the arts and she knew that I would crash film sets. This friend of mine in Staten Island she went on to tell me Hey, they’re shooting this movie in Staten Island and…(Watch the video interview on Youtube here).
Ramfis Myrthil is a New York-based filmmaker who loves applying a city-grown work ethic to the world of film and media. He has made his name producing films made by people of color, women, and the LGBTQ community, and seeks to promote themes of passion and integrity in all of his work. A founding partner and President of Beast of the East Productions (BOTEP), Ramfis has built a successful and proven body of work as a producer. His most recent achievement, a feature film entitled Cicada (2020), won awards at several film festivals around the world and was purchased by Strand Releasing for North American distribution. Cicada was also sold to several distributors in the UK, Germany, Switzerland,France, Ireland, and several other regions for theatrical release in Fall 2021.
Ramfis got his start in the film industry when he premiered his short film Love and the Small Print (2012) at the 65th Annual Cannes Film Festival, where it was picked up by Shorts International for worldwide distribution. He then went on to produce a music video entitled “Any Other Way” for the legendary rock group The Zombies. After that, Ramfis got behind the feature film entitled A Boy, A Girl, and A Dream (2018), which premiered at Sundance and was acquired by Samuel Goldwyn Films for theatrical release. More recently, Ramfis found great success in the Tribeca Film Festival Creators Market with his project entitled 5150 (2021), which explores mental illness in the black community. The film was executive produced alongside David Oyelowo.
Ramfis has joined as an advisor for Sundance Film Institute’s Sundance Collab producing program. There he works with a diverse group of worldwide filmmakers, develops and shares works in progress, and helps elevate the voices of independent storytellers. Ramfis’ continued success in the film industry has earned him several accolades around the world. He was named to Stars’ 2018 40 Under 40 list in 2018 and served as a recognized panelist across a variety of film festivals. Ramfis is a regular speaker at the Cannes Film Festival, the UK’s Raindance, and is an established speaker and mentor at South by Southwest. Ramfis’ passion for film is matched only by his drive for sharing his knowledge with the next generation of students, artists, and creators. In this pursuit, Ramfis has served as a judge for the 2018 BAFTA Student Film Awards, a member of PAC (Program Advisory Committee) at Five Towns College, and as an acclaimed speaker at NYU, Columbia University, Hofstra University, and HBCUs across the country. Ramfis’ dedication to giving back is reflected by his international masterclasses taught around production, financing, development, diversity, and social justice. Ramfis also volunteers with Mythic Bridge, The Parity Project, The “I Can Still Do That” Foundation, Teach for America, Schools That Can, Hofstra University’s Youth Film Day, and Blacks on Wall Street. Ramfis continues to share his experience by mentoring students on both coasts as well as working with NPower, a nonprofit organization focused on helping young graduates enter the professional world. Ramfis is an active member of BAFTA NY, The Friars Club, Toastmasters International – SEC Roughriders, a board member at The Long Island Film and TV Foundation, and is a board member at the Hollywood Radio & Television Society (HRTS).
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