Ramfis Myrthil is a New York-based filmmaker and producer who views it as his responsibility to help unheard voices. 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.
As a founding partner and President of Beast of the East Productions (BOTEP), the highlights of Ramfis’ career are ever-growing. He had the privilege to produce the Mary Pickford biopic “Why Not Choose Love: A Mary Pickford Manifesto,” and recently went to the 2018 Sundance Film Festival with “A Boy, A Girl, and A Dream.” Placing among the top 18 films in the entire festival, “A Boy, A Girl, and a Dream” went on to be distributed nationally by Samuel Goldwyn Films and debuted on Amazon and the STARZ network in 2019.
Ramfis also had his first film, “Love in the Small Print,” debut at the Cannes Film Festival, and other projects of his have been featured in Shorts International and 40+ other festivals around the world.
Ramfis also produced The Zombie’s first-ever music video, “Any Other Way,” and he tours the country speaking at prestigious schools and festivals, including NYU and Cannes. His continued growth and success in the film industry earned him a spot in Stars’ 2018 40 Under 40 list.
Ramfis’ passion for film is also matched by his passion to giving back to the community. He participates with the non-profits Mythic Bridge, the I Can Still Do That Foundation, Teach for America, Schools That Can, and Blacks on Wall Street. In his desire to assist the next generation of filmmakers, Ramfis has also participated as a judge for the 2018 BAFTA Student Film Awards as well as a mentor for the Arts, Entertainment & Media Academy Field Day at John Muir High School in Pasadena, CA.
Ramfis is looking forward to his most recent film, “A Man and His Trumpet, The Leroy Jones Story,” winner of the State of Louisiana’s Endowment for the Humanities Award, being released by Good Docs at universities and conferences nationwide.
This August, he will be serving as a juror for the Kew Gardens Festival of Cinema.
His continued growth and success in the film industry earned him a spot in Stars’ 2018 40 Under 40 list of Movers and Shakers.
Last year, he had the privilege to moderate a panel on breaking into Hollywood for the 10th annual Bushwick Film Festival.
Ramfis also produced “Powerless” (2013), a short, highly personal Hurricane Sandy documentary as part of a campaign for hurricane relief in Long Beach NY. The documentary earned a special Proclamation from the city of Long Beach.
Ramfis’ passion for film is matched only by his passion to give back and pay it forward to the community by sharing and teaching his skills and knowledge to the next generation of students, artists, and creators.
In his desire to assist and educate the next generation of filmmakers, Ramfis has participated as a judge for the 2018 BAFTA Student Film Awards as well as a mentor for the Arts, Entertainment & Media Academy Field Day at John Muir High School in Pasadena, CA.
He also participates with non-profits Mythic Bridge, which brings filmmaking education to underserved youth, as well as the I Can Still Do That Foundation, where he sits on the music board and young advisors committee to help American workers survive and thrive in difficult economic times.
Some highlights from Ramfis’ work sharing and teaching his passion for filmmaking include joining with Teach for America and Schools That Can to provide a learning opportunity for young students on how to make a documentary, and teaming with Gold Coast Arts for Hofstra University’s Youth Film Day, where he taught students about the different stages of film production..
Ramfis also acts as a leader in the minority community. In March, 2017, Ramfis had the privilege of serving as a panelist for Blacks on Wall Street 2017, where he spoke to an audience of over 200 high school students about finding success in the professional world through mentorship and internship opportunities.
Ramfis is also member of BAFTA NY, The Friars Club, The Hollywood Radio & Television Society (HRTS), the SEC Roughriders chapter of Toastmasters International, and sits on the advisory board of the Long Island Film/TV Foundation.