“Love takes off the masks we fear we cannot live without and know we cannot live within.” — James Baldwin
Happy February everyone! I hope you are taking all twenty-eight days of this month to exercise your heart muscle, whether that be through self-care, some cardio, or preparing to give chocolates to a special someone! Last week, I safely made my way out to the Oregon coast and witnessed some stunning views. The trip was rejuvenating and therapeutic, filling me with a new sense of self-love and purpose.
In addition to Valentine’s Day, I would like for you to join me in celebrating Black History Month, paying tribute to the generations of African Americans who struggled with adversity to achieve full citizenship in American society. Watching films that highlight the stories of Black historical figures (Harriet, Selma, and Malcolm X) and pieces that expose the struggle, mistreatment, and abuse of Black Americans (Thirteenth, When They See Us, and 12 Years a Slave) is a great way to honor this all important month.
As a Black man born and raised in New York City to immigrant parents, I intimately understand what it is like to exist as a person of color in America. This pushes me as a filmmaker, making it my mission to give voice to the voiceless and share people of color’s stories, all while sharing my own personal journey. Come along this journey with me and continue your support of Black artists this month by giving me a follow on Instagram at @ramfismyrthilofficial where I will be posting more film recommendations, personal content, and updates about upcoming events and my films!
Speaking of Black artists, I’d like to highlight the great Leroy Jones, a legendary jazz trumpeter known to music lovers as the “keeper of the flame” for traditional New Orleans jazz. In 2018, I co-produced a documentary feature film, A Man and His Trumpet: The Leroy Jones Story, showcasing the musician’s story. At the debut of the film, I bore witness to Jones’ father watching his talented son on screen. Both heartwarming and inspirational, this moment resonated with me and I truly realized how vital it was to tell Black people’s stories. I am excited to announce our award winning, Louisiana Endowment for the Humanities Award recipient, documentary premiered on Amazon Prime on January 29th, and is now widely available on other major streaming platforms! Go check it out!
“Just don’t give up what you’re trying to do. Where there is love and inspiration, I don’t think you can go wrong.”
— Ella Fitzgerald
How are you working festival season this year now we are all online? At a loss for the solution to book meetings now we are all online? Our team can help 🙂 I’ve partnered with two great colleagues, to offer a solution to get your film booked into the meetings that will get deals made. The secret sauce? We’re doing it all on LinkedIn! Yes, it’s for filmmakers and the entertainment industry too. Over 5 M industry exec’s are on LinkedIn. Join us for a great masterclass, led by LInkedIn Expert and Strategist, Mara McCann. I’m hosting too, along with CEO of Starbaby Enterprises, Jordan Elizabeth Gelber. To learn more about our ShowBiz Secrets Masterclass LinkedIn Program, book a call with me and check out Showbiz Connection. Only 5 spots left for our class starting February 10th, so get in now!
The grind doesn’t stop! On February 28th, I will be participating in a panel discussion with Chicago Screenwriters Network. Giving my perspective as a producer on the selection process, we will cover screenwriting fundamentals and networking techniques for writers to find producers interested in their work. With emphasis on specs that shine a light on stories of people of color, women, and the LGBTQ+ community, this panel will be extremely insightful and a great opportunity for all. Register for the event here!
Sibling Rivalry Films, an independent creative agency, is excited to announce a new mentorship program targeted at investing in a diverse range of talent, nurturing young self starters! The program kicked off in 2020 with its first mentee, a now up and coming Director. As the program expands, they are seeking to invite producers and those interested in managing the production, deal making and talent management side of the business. Sibling Films is aiming to add mentees ranging in skills sets including live action production, post production, design and more. Email email@example.com directly for more information!
Last month, the team and I advised the production of a music video in Fresno, California. The new media company that creates grassroots spaces for youth empowerment, resilience, and creative expression through cross sector community collaboration. With concerns to COVID-19 protocols, we offered guidance on costs, resources, and a COVID plan for testing and safety. The shoot ran successfully and safely with no bumps in the road, and we are happy to assist any future productions seeking COVID-19 guidance.
Pssst! Let me let you in on a little secret! We have officially closed on an option for a new novel last month! Things are already moving at lightning speed, with my team and I rigorously putting it together for a non-scripted/docuseries. Audiences are really gravitating towards this novel, and we will have more details about the project soon!
“Have a vision of excellence, a dream of success, and work like hell.”— Dr. Samuel DuBois Cook
Happy Valentines Day and Happy Black History Month! See you in March!
Don’t Think About It, Do It!
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