Perennial Lens is a film production company with offices in Los Angeles, California and Germany, producing international, trans-cultural, socially progressive fictional and documentary feature films. Perennial Lens was founded by producer/director Rodney Charles and producer/director Yasmin C. Rams.
Yasmin C. Rams
Yasmin C. Rams is a film producer and director based in Germany and Los Angeles, California. She produced her first documentary in 2007. In the following year, she worked as Assistant to the Director at Yangon Film School in Myanmar, assisting in the production of films such as the award-winning feature-length documentary Nargis: When Time Stopped Breathing.
Yasmin proceeded to make short films with different filmmakers and founded her first production company in Germany. She embarked on producing the feature-length documentary In Exile directed by one of Myanmar’s most promising talents, Tin Win Naing, which celebrated its world premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival 2016.
2012 Yasmin stepped into narrative feature filmmaking, as Associate Producer on Rodney Charles’ short African Cowboy, a Namibian co-production with Joe Vision Production. Following this collaboration, Yasmin and Rodney founded the production company Perennial Lens.
Yasmin is an alumna of the IDFA Academy and a regional representative of the German Documentary Association (AG DOK) for Hesse.
Perennial Lens at the TIFF Doc Conference
Rodney Charles’ first screenplay won the Greater London Arts advanced film and video award. The resulting film Once Upon a Time, which he also produced, was broadcast by BBC television and screened at the Venice Film Festival, London Film Festival and FESPACO winning achievement awards. His screenplay Reclaimed won the BHERC screenwriting award.
In 2008 Rodney completed his debut feature The Disciple as Writer, Director and Producer, opening the 2008 BFM Film Festival to a sell-out UK premier at the BFI South Bank. The Disciple also won Best New Director honor at the Pan African Film Festival in Los Angeles.
As a film actor Rodney has collaborated with notable directors such as Wim Wenders, Mike Figgis and Antoine Fuqua. His numerous film and television appearances have been balanced with a career as a writer and international model resulting in Rodney’s exposure to diverse global cultures and an acute understanding of how film, imagery and advertising impact on self-awareness and identity globally. This has heavily influenced his unique and original collection of trans-cultural, internationally relevant feature screenplays.