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Ramfis Myrthil is an award-winning filmmaker, producer and avid story-teller from New York City. Born to Hatian immigrants, he intimately understands the perils of existing as a person of color in America and has made it his life’s work and journey to give voice to the voiceless. His films explores the experiences of people of color, women, and the LGBTQ community––edifying themes of passion, integrity and authenticity in all stories told.
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Alece has dedicated her career to connecting filmmakers to audiences, a goal she’s actively pursued at festivals like New York Film Festival, Athena Film Festival, and Rooftop Films; art house theaters like BAMcinématek and Film Society of Lincoln Center; streaming platform Fandor; and distribution companies like Distribber and Good Deed Entertainment. She is a proud graduate of Columbia University School of the Arts, where she currently works as their Director of Industry and Festival Outreach and oversees the university’s film festival. Alece is originally from Durham, NC and has lived in Los Angeles, San Francisco, and is glad to call New York City home again.
After working on college classmate John Singleton’s Boyz N’ the Hood, Straus sold his original screenplay The Clown Prince to Sony/Tri-Star. After a few years of development, then a few more years of backpacking in the third world, Bill decided to get his masters from USC’s Peter Stark Producing Program. Bill then worked his way up from his summer internship at New Line Cinema to the executive ranks. After leaving the studio, he set up his own shingle at Sony-based Circle of Confusion. His first film was The Man, starred Sam Jackson and Eugene Levy. He also produced two Sundance Film Festival selections (Weapons & Red) and a Tribeca film (The Last Rites of Joe May). His fifth film Straight Outta
Compton broke box office records and was widely acclaimed in 2015. Bill continues to develop material and is an EP on the upcoming House Next Door. In 2011, Bill moved back to his hometown of Brooklyn and launched domestic sales banner Bridge Independent. He has sold films out of Sundance, Toronto, SXSW, Tribeca and many other major festivals.
Head of of Acquisitions and Sales at Passion River Films
Mat Levy has worked with Passion River Films since 2004. Having a background in Film and TV publicity, Mat has worked with film campaigns for New Line Cinema, Sony Pictures Classics, Magnolia Pictures, Warner Independent, and Picturehouse. He has also worked with producers from VH1 and MTV on promotion and development. Mat attends most major markets and film festivals as a speaker and mentor on film distribution and strategy. Recently Mat has participated as a speaker in public lectures at Sundance Film Festival, SXSW, Doc NYC, Sheffield Doc Fest, Big Vision Empty Wallet, NorthEast Filmmakers Lab, Winter Film Awards, East Silver Documentary Market, Hot Docs, IDFA, and National Media Market educational conference (where he also served on the Board of Directors). Mat attended the University of Hartford and received a BA in Cinema Studies.
James Cole, Jr. is an American producer and investor in films, theatrical productions, literary projects and financial assets. James is an executive producer on the short film Burden (2019), and on the film Inez & Doug & Kira (2018). James was a producer on the film Lesson Before Love (2011) and on the New York-based play Wake, An Evolution in Reinvention (2001-2003). He has also invested in the films The Skinny (2012) and Dirty Laundry (2006) and the novel Bankland (2017). James is the founder and CEO of The Jasco Group, a hedge fund based in New York. James served as a senior official in the Obama Administration from 2011-2017 and was confirmed by the US Senate in December 2014. He last served in the administration as US Delegated Deputy Secretary of Education. Prior to the Obama Administration James was an attorney at the New York law firm of Wachtell, Lipton, Rosen & Katz from 1996 – 2011 where he became a corporate partner in 2004. James was born and raised on the Southside of Chicago, and received his BS in finance from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and his JD from the University of Chicago Law School. James also has a passion for education and serves on the national board of directors of Jumpstart, which provides language, literacy, and socio-emotional programming for preschool children from under-resourced communities.
James lives in Harlem, New York and is the proud father of a young son.
Krysanne Katsoolis is a veteran of the film and media business. She is an entertainment attorney and began her career in business and legal affairs at Miramax Film Corp, working in both NY and London. Katsoolis’ experience includes all aspects of the film and television industry including curation, financing and distribution. Most recently, as CEO and President of Liquid Media Group, Katsoolis founded and created a vertically integrated media venture taking the company public on the NASDAQ market (NASDAQ: YVR). In 2018 Katsoolis established VIEWPARK to curate and produce inspiring content across multiple verticals. Katsoolis has invited some of the most esteemed producers, writers and directors into the VIEWPARK. VIEWPARK launched VWPRK, a digital marketing and branding agency which is working on in-house solution for inefficiencies in the entertainment industry.
As a founding partner of Cactus Three Katsoolis has produced more than 30 award winning films including Oscar winner THE COVE, Academy Award Nominee WHICH WAY HOME, SKETCHES OF FRANK GEHRY directed by Sydney Pollack, FAMILY BONDS, an HBO series, EASY RIDERS, RAGING BULLS based on Peter Biskind’s book, THE MARCH, for the 50th anniversary of MLK’s March on Washington executive produced by Robert Redford, and HOT GREASE for Discovery Networks. In 2012 Katsoolis founded Cargo Entertainment, an international sales company. Films financed and produced under this banner include ZIPPER from producer Darren Aronofsky with Lena Headey, Richard Dreyfuss and Patrick Wilson, ANGRIEST MAN IN BROOKLYN, with Robin Williams and Mila Kunis and WELCOME TO ME, a Kristen Wiig comedy from producer Will Ferrell.
Her prior experience includes Head of Acquisitions and Legal Affairs for the NASDAQ venture WinStar Communications and Fox Lorber Associates where she acquired more than 3000 films. Katsoolis is a Fulbright Scholar with a Masters of Law degree from Columbia University and a Member of the New York Bar. Katsoolis teaches Film Financing at the New York Film Academy.