We had the good fortune of connecting with Jami Ramberan and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Jami, why did you pursue a creative career?
I was raised with the mindset that in order to make a meaningful impact on the world, I must become a lawyer or doctor however after many years of following this path and working mundane jobs, I could no longer deny the passion I had for the arts. Growing up I always had an inclination towards creativity writing, singing and playing five instruments, art was a major part of who I was. I fused my love of music with visual storytelling and starting directing music videos. Although this helped to develop my creative eye, I still yearned to do more. I wanted to tell compelling stories that reflect the human condition and therefore decided to attend film school. While in film school I not only honed my craft but also learned that throughout history cinema could in fact be a tool for change. I was inspired by the revolutionary cinema of Cuba and Brazil and loved the aesthetic of the French New Wave and European Art Cinema. I listened to my heart and gut despite what others thought would be a successful career and am now extremely grateful for my career as a filmmaker.
Can you open up a bit about your work and career? We’re big fans and we’d love for our community to learn more about your work.
My entry into visual storytelling was through music video direction which definitely sharpened my aesthetic, but in addition to making bold images that pop of the screen I tell stories that reflect the human experience whether it be themes of love or grief and trauma. I seek to connect with the story I’m telling first then let that drive the images on screen. Creatively I love to blend realism and expressionism. It took me 8 years to build my brand and production company, Imajre Films and I’m thrilled to note that we received an Emmy earlier this year for “Vote,” a PSA about voting. However there were many obstacles that I had to overcome along the way. Just starting out, I had the opportunity to be signed as a music video director and gave this up for the desire to run my own production company. As a result, I had to work with micro budgets to none at all just to build my creative portfolio. There were many times that I thought I made the biggest mistake of my career by not signing with a company because artists would go with a more established production company. Nonetheless, I continued to pursue my passion for filmmaking and further developed by filmmaking skills by attending film school. Here I was able to work with a talented group of people who believed in my vision and still work with me on projects. Filmmaking is a collaborative process and I have learned that anything is possible when you work with likeminded people.
Let’s say your best friend was visiting the area and you wanted to show them the best time ever. Where would you take them? Give us a little itinerary – say it was a week long trip, where would you eat, drink, visit, hang out, etc.
Most of my friends will be visiting from the East coast so I have to start by showing off the incredible beaches. Driving along the gorgeous Pacific Coast Highway, I would beach hop starting with lunch in Manhattan Beach followed by drinks at The Bungalow in Santa Monica and end for dinner in Malibu at Malibu Farm Restaurant. After all the sun and fun, I would take my friend to Marina Del Ray for some pampering and self-care at one of the many amazing spas and lunch on the water. I love a good taco Tuesday spot and although LA is booming with amazing Mexican restaraunts, I would hit the valley and go to family owned Sol y Luna. As a cinephile, I would then do a studio tour in Culver City ending with dinner at Lukshon that serves modern Southeast Asian cuisine. We like to party on the East coast so no visit will be complete without showing my friend LA’s nightlife scene. I’d hit up the bars and lounges in West Hollywood, particularly Harlowe and end our weekend with Brunch in Downtown LA at Kai’s table.
Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
I would like to shout out my amazing parents James and Edith Ramberan who have fully supported my creative aspirations and endeavors as a filmmaker after I informed them of my “controversial” decision to leave a corporate career behind. My parents have not only given me unwavering love and encouragement but you can sometimes find my dad on set assisting as a PA.
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