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Kevin Sharpley
Kevin Sharpley is the president and CEO of Kijik Multimedia Inc. a full service production company with specialties in integrated, branded and convergent media and development of in-house projects. He is also Executive Director of CineVisun TransMedia a non-profit organization that supports the independent film, media and entertainment industry. His range of work includes films, television, documentary, commercial, music video, multi-media and event video production. In addition, he is an actor and well respected artist, having shown and performed his work in many exhibitions and shows throughout South Florida. Mr. Sharpley currently serves as the Chairman of the Miami Dade County Film and Entertainment Advisory Board apponted by Miami-Dade County Commissioner Dennis C. Moss, as well as the Chairman of the Committee for Community Building for the board. Mr. Sharpley holds a bachelor’s degree from the University of Miami with a dual major in motion pictures and psychology in addition to an Associates of Arts degree from Miami Dade College. He was inducted into the Miami Dade College Alumni Hall of Fame in 2014.


Mr. Sharpley has produced and directed many documentaries and television projects. Some of the projects he has produced are the documentary“Sove Nou" narrated by Danny Glover, featuring Wycleff Jean, “Nou Sove” which is currently under production featuring actor Jimmy Jean Louis from the hit show “Heroes” and the films “Monster in Law” and “Tears of the Sun”, “Red Ribbon, White Party”, a documentary about the largest AIDS fundraiser in Florida featuring Billly Bean, Janice Dickinson, Carson Cressley, Junior Vasquez and Guinevere Turner, and “REJOICE!” featuring gospel superstars Kim Burell, Jackie Clark, Ronald Winans, Mario Winans and Antun Foster, who wrote the music and lyrics for the biggest gospel single of 2003.

In the television realm the critically acclaimed, multi-platform series "The Beach Chronicles" , of which the animated version was an official selection of The Miami International Film Festival and the Fort Myers Beach Film Festival is currently under development. The Beach Chronicles features many celebrities including William Shatner, Daryl Hannah, Michael Chiklis (Vegas, Fantastic Four, The Sheild), JoMarie Payton (Family Matters) and Jimmy Jean Louis (Heroes, Tears of the Sun). Other KijiK television projects in development include “Playing as Locals” featuring Arlene Tur ("Eat, Pray, Love" and the STARZ network shows “Torchwood” and “Crash”) and “Rollin” about the largest car club in Florida.


Kevin Sharpley has also supervised the production of numerous music videos, commercials, and films. These include the music video “Here Comes the Hurricanes” featuring multi- album platinum artists from Bone Thugs and Harmony, and former NFL players Mike Rhump of the San Francisco 49ers and Nahjee Davenport of the Green Bay Packers. Mr. Sharpley’s credits also include the music video “While We’re Apart” featuring Grammy award winning artists Sly and Robbie; the Public Service Announcement “Walk to Fight” shown on affiliates for ABC, NBC, CBS, UPN, WB, Telemundo and Univision and the breakthrough short film and webisode series “Lifeline” featuring Marc Menard of "Gossip Girl", “Lost” and “All My Children, which has been developed for feature length.


In addition, Mr. Sharpley has overseen the production of numerous concert and event videos. Among the various concert and event video productions he has supervised are the Missy Elliot’s Video Music Award after party hosted by Bacardi, the concert video for platinum recording artist Foxy Brown, and the US Air Force “Into the Blue” series.


Kevin Sharpley has been in the Film and Entertainment industry for over eighteen years and is a member of the Screen Actors Guild. As an actor he has been featured in the hit Fox Family series “S Club 7”, the HBO promo “Tonight”, the Verizon Commercial series “Can You Here Me Now” and in many other films, television shows, commercials and print campaigns (Macy's, Lens Crafters, Kohls, Aeropostle)  throughout his career. He has also been profiled on the PBS series "Art Street" as a featured filmmaker, company owner, organization head and community organizer. In addition he has done public service announcements for the PBS radio program NPR and the PBS member station WLRN. In addition Mr. Sharpley has designed, moderated and emceed many panels, workshops and seminars. This includes an incredible youth workshop for The American Black Film Festival for underserved children featuring Vivica A. Fox, Wendell Pierce and Ronald Lang.


Mr. Sharpley is also a respected artist, working in many disciplines. He was selected by the prestigious art organization "The Miami Light Project" (MLP) as a featured artist to work with visiting resident artist Keith Antar Mason and three of Miami's top artists, as a poet and performance artist. Together, along with Mr. Mason's ensemble artist group, they put on the critically acclaimed show "Fathers, Sons and Brothers" as one of MLP's monthly series. Mr. Sharpley was later selected as one of MLP's "Here and Now" showcase artists. His art work has also been shown in various exhibitions and showcases including the renowned show "All Gods Children Got Shoes" put on at the Miami Dade Cultural Center. The show featured some of the top artists from around the world and featured Mr. Sharpley's mixed media piece "Greener Grass (Golden Shoes Worn by Gods)". Mr. Sharpley's most recent work "The Empowerment Project" showed for Art Basel 2010 in the renowned "Hait Art Expo" with opening event hosted by Venus Williams, Jerry Powers, Welterweight Champion Andre Bretto and Michael Capponi.

Kevin Sharpley has traveled internationally as a model for prestigious agencies such as Wilhelmina, Ford, Major and Boss having lived in Europe, Africa and around the United States. Mr. Sharpley writes poetry, short stories, novels and scripts based on his travels and experiences. He commits much of his time to giving back to the community and mentoring youth based on his experiences from around world. He is currently in development of a community center to offer underserved youth after school and summer school programs in multi-media production.

 

Boards/ Commitees/ Appointments

The Film Connection- Educator/Mentor/Teacher

Miami-Dade County Film and Entertainment Advisory Board - Chairman of the Board / Chairman of the Community Building Committee

Life Cubed- Advisory Board member

Miami Beach Cinematheque- Advisory Board member

Hollywood Unites for Haiti- Advisory Board member

University of Miami/ Launch Pad - Venture Coach

Arts and Business Council of Miami- former steering committee member

Miami Light Project- Film Workshop Moderator

Miami International Film Festival- Judge 2010, 2013 Selection Committee 2011/2012/2013

Young Arts- Judge 2009/ 2010/2011/2012- Cinematic Arts

International Emmys- Judge- 2007, 2008

Miami Short Film Festival- Judge 2011, 2012, 2013

The American Black Film Festival- Panel Workshop Coordinator and Moderator (featuring Vivica Fox, Wendell Pierce), Industry Liason

Hannibal Cox Grant Approval Committee-2011-2014

48 Hour Film Project- Judge 2009

 

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Kevin Sharpley-Miami Dade College Hall of Fame Inductee 2014
 

 

 

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Documentary chronicles the Haitian immigrant experience

May 18, 2006 Thursday
Sun-Sentinel
By Alva James-Johnson

 

The story of Haitian boat refugees presumed lost at sea en route to Miami in 2001 got Kevin Sharpley's attention. The Miami filmmaker became curious, and started researching the subject. When authorities in Cuba discovered that the more than 200 Haitians were there, Sharpley had already begun his journey to tell the story of Haitian immigrants. Now Sharpley, a Detroit native in his 30s, plans to release the rough edit of his documentary Sove Nou, which means "Save Us" in Creole. The film, narrated by actor Danny Glover, highlights the impoverished country's long struggle for survival and features Haitian leaders and four immigrant families in South Florida.
On Sunday, the public can view the film for free at the Photo Vibe Art Gallery, 1819 West Ave., Miami Beach. "It's very important that the world knows the contributions that Haitians have made, not only to Haitian history, but to American history," Sharpley said.


Today is Haitian Flag Day, and the film is just one of the many events scheduled over the next few days to highlight the country's history. It also comes as Haitian-Americans are pushing for the U.S. government to designate May as Haitian Cultural Heritage Month. U.S. Rep. Kendrick Meek-D-Miami, has sponsored a bill to do so. A group of Haitian-Americans, including some from Miami-Dade, Broward and Palm Beach counties, will meet in Washington, D.C., today to attend a Haitian Flag Day event at the White House. "In view of the ongoing debates about immigration in the U.S., the White House is making a noteworthy effort toward recognizing the contributions made by Haitians throughout North America," said Joseph Bernadel, chief operating officer of the Toussaint L'Ouverture High School in Delray Beach, who planned to attend. "This kind of diversity is what makes America strong."


Sharpley said he was first introduced to Haitian culture through friends in Miami.
His idea for Sove Nou began as plans for a feature film about the two vessels that were presumed lost in 2001; their passengers later were returned to Haiti after a month in Cuba. He planned to develop a documentary about Haitian immigration only as a supplement.
But when a boat carrying more than 220 Haitians came aground off Virginia Key on Oct. 29, 2002, attracting national attention, Sharpley decided to make the documentary the main focus.
"That really did it for me," he said. "It touched me so much."


The film documents Haiti's history, from its independence in 1804 to recent political upheavals that have brought thousands to U.S. shores. Among the Haitians featured in the film is Murielle Dieudonne, a pregnant mother who survived the brutal 2002 boat passage. The film also includes interviews with Meek, state Reps. Phillip Brutus, D-Miami, and Yolly Roberson, D-North Miami; Haitian activist Marleine Bastien; immigration lawyer Cheryl Little; former Haiti Chief General Counsel Ira Kurzban and Haitian musician Wyclef Jean.


Sharpley, who majored in film and psychology at the University of Miami, said the Miami Light Project helped fund the $100,000 documentary. He said the film is incomplete, but he is screening the rough draft to garner grassroots support, raise money and market the film.
The film will also be shown in Orlando in June, New York in July and Los Angeles in August.
Sharpley hopes the project will improve the lives of Haitians worldwide by raising awareness of conditions in their homeland. "The drive of the film is education, and we're trying to save lives," he said. "We really don't want this film to fall through the cracks."

 

Miami Herald article