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Jeffrey Sharp is one of New York's most prominent independent film producers. Over the past ten years, he has produced several notable features, which are detailed below.
Writer/director Kimberly Peirce's debut film, Boys Don't Cry, starring Hilary Swank and Chloë Sevigny, premiered to great acclaim in the fall of 1999. Among other honors accorded the film, Ms. Swank won the Academy Award and the Golden Globe Award, while Ms. Sevigny was nominated for both the Academy Award and the Golden Globe Award. With his fellow producers, Mr. Sharp was nominated for the Independent Spirit Award in the Best Picture category, among other honors.
The following winter, writer/director Kenneth Lonergan's debut movie You Can Count on Me world-premiered at the Sundance Film Festival, where it won two awards including the Grand Jury Prize (for Dramatic Features). Mr. Lonergan subsequently earned nominations from both the Academy Awards and the Golden Globe Awards for his screenplay. Additionally, the film's leading lady Laura Linney received Academy Award and Golden Globe Award nominations, among other accolades; and leading man Mark Ruffalo received an Independent Spirit Award nomination, among other citations. With his fellow producers, Mr. Sharp was nominated for the Independent Spirit Award in the Best Picture category, among other honors.
His next film as producer was Douglas McGrath's Nicholas Nickleby, adapted by the writer/director from Charles Dickens' novel. With his fellow producers, Mr. Sharp was nominated for the Golden Globe Award in the Best Picture (Comedy/Musical) category.
His subsequent films as producer included Michael Mayer's debut feature A Home at the End of the World, which Evening screenwriter Michael Cunningham adapted from his novel; John Madden's Proof, adapted from David Auburn's Pulitzer Prize-winning play, for which Gwyneth Paltrow received a Golden Globe Award nomination; and Patrick Stettner's The Night Listener, adapted from Armistead Maupin's novel, starring Toni Collette of Evening opposite Robin Williams.
Mr. Sharp was a founding partner of the production company Hart Sharp Entertainment, which he ran with John Hart from 1996 through 2006. The two were also partners in Hart Sharp Video, an independent distribution company that issued a host of successful video and DVD releases. These included Morgan Spurlock's Academy Award-nominated documentary feature Super Size Me and the New York Yankees anthology set Yankeeography.
He holds an M.F.A. from Columbia University and a B.A. from Colgate University. He serves on the boards of Literacy Partners and the National Foundation for Facial Reconstruction; and on the advisory board of the Hamptons International Film Festival, which he also chairs.
In 2005, Mr. Sharp was honored with the Andrew Sarris Award from Columbia University's School of the Arts, for his contribution to independent film.
He is president and CEO of Sharp Independent, a New York-based independent film production company.