JILL SHARPE Producer, Writer, Director
Working in the media of film, paint and interactive space, Emmy nominated Jill Sharpe is a multifaceted visual storyteller.
As a filmmaker she has created an award winning body of work in the documentary genre, which has been presented internationally at film festivals and broadcast in over 30 countries.
As a painter, Sharpe has had solo shows at the Georgia O’Keeffe Museum’s Education Annex in Santa Fe, Emily Carr House in Victoria and has presented talks at the McMichael Gallery in Ontario on her work.
Sharpe also brings Museum exhibits to sonic life working with prestigious institutions such as the Smithsonian affiliate BioMuseo in Panama (designed by Frank Gehry).
Her latest film “BONE WIND FIRE” about the creative process of Frida Kahlo, Georgia O’Keeffe and Emily Carr marked her entry into directing drama & animation garnering critical acclaim.
SELECT FILMOGRAPHY 2011 “Bone Wind Fire” (30 mins) a hybrid drama/animation/doc about the creative process of three painters: Frida Kahlo, Georgia O’Keeffe & Emily Carr. Funded by the NFB. Emmy Nomination - Best Historical Doc – NATAS NW; Special Presentation - Lincoln Centre in New York. Won Best Canadian Film at FIFA (International Festival of Films on Art in Montreal), Best Short Documentary (Sonoma International Film Festival), Best Short Film (Santa Fe Independent Film Festival), Artistic Innovation Award (Vancouver Women in Film and Television). Invited to over 20 International Film Festivals and screened in Art Galleries in North America and Europe. Aired on PBS & DOC Channel. 2007 “Corporations in the Classroom” (46 minutes) investigates the upside and downside of increasing corporate influence on public education in North America. Aired on Global Television’s “Global Currents” series in Canada. DOCSDF Film Festival in Mexico City. 2005 “Girls Don’t Fight” (46 minutes) provocatively explores women’s recent entry into what has long been considered a male domain: the fight rings of sport. Nominated for a Leo Award and Gemini Award: Best Sports Documentary. Aired on CTV in Canada. 2004 “Weird Sex & Snowshoes: A Trek Through the Canadian Cinematic Psyche” (60 minutes), a bilingual documentary celebrating Canadian Cinema, showcases 70 films and interviews Canada’s top 21 feature directors. Leo Award nomination for Best Arts documentary. Won the 2nd Audience Choice Award at the Whistler International Film Festival. Aired on The Movie Network, Bravo and Movie Central, Canada. 2002 “CultureJam: Hijacking Commercial Culture” (57 mins) delivers a fascinating rap on the 20th century movement called “Culture Jamming.” Won the Audience Choice Awards at both the Vancouver and Auckland International Film Festivals and was selected for over 35 international festival screens. Nominated for the prestigious Donald Brittain Award for Best Social Issue Documentary, and won the Leo Award for Best Social Issue Documentary & Best Editing. Aired on CBC Newsworld; Vision TV, Canada; and TRIO network, U.S. Two month Exhibition in Bilbao Spain’s contemporary Art Gallery. (Produced by Jill Sharpe as well). 1999 “In the Company of Fear” (52 mins) reveals the power of non-violent resistance in the face of state terror, profiling the work of protective accompaniment in Colombia. Nominated Best Political DOC at the Canadian National Hot Docs Awards, 2000; invited to over 20 International Film Festivals including the United Nations Film Festival in San Francisco. Aired on Vision TV. (Produced, Written and Developed by Jill Sharpe. Directed by Velcrow Ripper). 1997 “Healing Beyond a Cure” (25 minutes) about a woman’s journey through illness to a deeper meaning of life. Sold to ZDF Arte and vision TV. Directed, written and produced by Jill Sharpe.
FURTHER PRODUCTION EXPERIENCE Sharpe also worked as Assistant to the Producer with Atlantis Films from 1989-92. Her dramatic film credits include: “The Diviners”, “Firing Squad” (France/Canada Co Production) and she was transferred to New Zealand for 9 months to work on a 6 part drama series entitled “Gold”. In 1993/94, Sharpe Production Managed commercials for Toronto’s Diamond Productions; worked as a Floor Director in Live Television with CTV on the “Country Music Awards” and co-produced and directed with Stornoway Productions the Gemini award winning 13 part half hour series “Yellow Brick Roads” about offbeat careers in the arts (TVO & CBC Newsworld). In 1994-95 Sharpe worked as an in-house Producer/Writer/Director (documentary films) with Great North Productions. Credits as co-producer include “Ray Bradbury: An American Icon” made for USA Network & WIC, winning a Cable Ace Award. Credits as writer/director “Jasper: Spirit of the Rockies” for Discovery Channel. In 1995 she also Production Managed a live 5 camera entertainment special “Las Vegas on Ice” for the L.A. based KB entertainment.