Pemon Rami is an International film producer and director, former member of the Joseph Jefferson Theatre Awards committee, National Endowment for the Arts Evaluator and former Director of Educational and Public Programs for DuSable Museum of African American History. Mr. Rami was recently appointed by Governor Pritzker to the Board of the Illinois Arts Council.  

 

While in his teens Pemon was cast in a reoccurring role on the weekly TV series “Bird of the Iron Feather.” television's first black soap opera. Rami also appeared in the acclaimed feature films “The Spook Who Sat by The Door” and Mahogany".  A former film casting director he provided talent for "Blues Brothers, Mahogany, “Cooley High” “Dummy”, “The Monkey Hustle”, the Marva Collins Story, and "One in A Million". 

 

From 1967 through 1970, Rami served as Associate Director of Theodore Ward’s South Side Center for the Performing Arts; from 1971 and '72, he was director of the Kuumba Workshop; and from 1973 to 1979, Artistic/Managing Director of the Lamont Zeno Theatre. Rami served as Managing/Artistic Director for the Phoenix Black Theatre Troupe, and General Manager for Marla Gibbs Crossroads National Education and Entertainment Complex in Los Angeles.

 

Pemon produced the feature film “Of Boys and Men” released by Warner Brothers starring Angela Bassett and Robert Townsend and “93 Days” in Nigeria starring Danny Glover currently airing on Netflix and Amazon Prime for which he was nominated for an African Academy Award and an African People’s Choice Award.

Supported in part by Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs & Special Events, the Illinois Arts Council Agency, The MacArthur Funds for Arts & Culture at the Richard H. Driehaus Foundation and the Gaylord & Dorothy Donnelley Foundation

 

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