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THE MISSION

My desire to contribute to positive social change led me to create A.Sharp Productions (ASP). The mission of ASP is to create honest and compelling depictions of underrepresented communities that can be understood and felt by all. ASP is committed to creating equality for gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender persons through authentic storytelling, which captures universal emotions and encourages positive change.

THE FOUNDER

Writer/director Amber Sharp began directing her daydreams at the age of five. Later as a graduate of Project Offstreet, a program for homeless youth, Sharp’s drive and determination led her to graduate from the Arts High School in Minneapolis, Minnesota, and Simmons College in Boston, Massachussetts, despite being on her own since her junior year of high school.

While studying English and African American Studies in college, the budding writer/director decided to share her daydreams with the world by becoming a filmmaker. To master her craft, she enrolled and graduated from the USC School of Cinema. Sharp’s USC thesis film, “Triple Minority,” has been an audience favorite at numerous film festivals, including the 2006 Pan African Film Festival in Los Angeles, 2006 London Lesbian and Gay Film Festival, and Frameline 30: San Francisco International Film Festival. The film was awarded the audience award of Best Female Short Film in both the 2006 Long Island Gay and Lesbian Film Festival and the Sacramento International Gay and Lesbian Film Festival. The film was also awarded the Best Narrative International Lesbian Short in the 2006 Tel Aviv International LGBT Film Festival. The film recently premiered on MTV’s LOGO cable channel and appears on the web as part of The Click List: Best In Short Films on www.logoonline.com. Wolfe video, the leading distributor of gay and lesbian film, distributed Triple Minority as part of their 2007 She Likes Girls 2 compilation DVD.

Since graduating from USC, Sharp has worked with such industry heavyweights as Patrick Ian Polk (“Noah’s Arc”), Kasey Lemmons (“Caveman’s Valentine”), Edmonds Entertainment, and Debbie Allen (“Fame”). As the principal of A.Sharp Productions, she is building on her industry experience as she produces her original television pilot, “Don’t Go,” which received the Best Director Award in the Oakland Black LGBT Film Festival.

The CO-FOUNDER

Movie magic has always fascinated writer, director Danielle Porter. After graduating from the USC School of Cinematic Arts, Porter wrote her first feature, Stompin’, starring Sinbad and Vanessa Bell Calloway. From this project she discovered her love to produce and began her journey into reality television. She was a producer for Classmates and went on to work with Ryan Seacrest, On Air with Ryan Seacrest, and Tyra Banks, American’s Next Top Model. Determined to return to her true love of film she began working with David E. Talbert as his assistant on his feature film, First Sunday. She would continue working with him on several projects including the film, Baggage Claim, starring Paula Patton and Jill Scott. Her work with Talbert landed Porter a ghost writing position with a producer from Sony Pictures.

Porter continues to stretch her talent even further and is currently writing her first novel, These Three Things, and producing Amber Sharp’s feature film, Quiet as Kept.