Mr. Sharpley is the president and CEO of Kijik Multimedia Inc. a full service boutique production company with specialties in integrated/ branded media and development of in- house projects. He graduated from the University of Miami with a dual major degree in communications with a focus in motion picture and documentary filmmaking and psychology. Mr. Sharpley currently serves on the Miami Dade Film and Entertainment Advisory Board and is the Chairman of the Committee for Community Building. His range of work includes films, television, documentaries, commercials, music videos and events.
Mr. Sharpley has supervised the production of numerous music videos, commercials, and films. These include the music video “Here Comes Da Hurricanes” featuring multi- album platinum artists from Bone Thugs and Harmony, Mo Thugs, Iconz, and 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” which has been developed for feature length.
Among the many documentaries he has produced are “Sove Nou" narrated by Danny Glover featuring Wycleff Jean, “Heroes” actor Jimmy Jean Louis, Congressman Kendrick Meek, and many more, “Red Ribbon, White Party”, a documentary about the largest AIDS fundraiser in Florida featuring Janice Dickinson, Carson Cressley, Junior Vasquez and Guinevere Turner, “REJOICE!” featuring Antun Foster, who wrote the music and lyrics for the biggest gospel single of 2003 and won the BMI music award for most played song of 2003, and “Rollin’” about the largest car club in Florida, which is currently under development for television production.
Mr. Sharpley has also overseen the production of numerous concert and event videos. Among the focus concert and events are the platinum recording artist Foxy Brown concert, Bacardi media events, and the US Air Force “In the Blue” series.
Kevin Sharpley has been in the Film and Entertainment industry for over sixteen years. He is a member of the Screen Actors Guild and has been seen in numerous films, commercials, music videos and print campaigns around the world. He has lived in Europe, Africa and around the United States during his career.
Andy Schefter - Co Chairman/ Director of Information Technology, Industry Relations
With over 15 years in the entertainment industry, currently Andy Schefter works in several capacities on film productions including Producer, Line Producer, and Unit Production Manager. As well, as CEO of Impossible Gardens and Chaotic Gardens, his television commercial and music video production house shingles, he’s produced full advertising campaigns for major national clients. Mr. Schefter oversees all aspects of production for long-form feature film and television productions, commercials, and music videos in summary.
Additionally, both Viacom and Sony Pictures, amongst others, have utilized his feature film development service, MovieBudget.com for budgeting, scheduling and breakdowns of their feature films.
Some of the projects overseen by Mr. Schefter include the following: “Wild Things 3” for Columbia/Tristar Pictures, the Miami Unit of “Empire” for Universal Pictures, “Bully” for Lion’s Gate / Studio Canal, and “Suicide Blonde” for Artisan. In the television realm, he’s handled projects such as the pilot for “Rich and Reckless” for TruTV (formerly Court TV) and has worked as a Production Supervisor for CBS and Showtime
In the short-form realm, past clients include Converse, Celebrity Cruises / RCCL, Pepsi, Macy’s, Target, Burdine’s, Chase Mahattan, Mellon, and Pringles. As well, in the music video world Mr. Schefter handled the reigns for projects by Lenny Kravitz, Pharrell, Wyclef Jean, Akon, T.I., 50 Cent, Buju Banton, and Jennifer Lopez among others.
For six years Andy served on the Board of Directors of the South Beach Film Festival. He currently sits on the Professional Advisory Committee for Miami International University of Art and Design. In the field of education he teaches the graduate level Motion Picture Production Management class at the University of Miami. Mr. Schefter earned degrees in both English Literature and Film from the University of Kansas. Finally he’s sat on panels for NYIFF, MIFF, NALIP, ACH, Florida Media Market and IFP.
Born in Caracas, Venezuela, Gianfranco Bianchi spent his formative years in Switzerland, before moving to Miami in the early 1990s. As a versatile and exceptionally talented artist, Bianchi has been creating a buzz on Magic City's scene since the launch of Rolling Square Productions (R2), a multi-faceted graphic arts company specializing in architectural visualization, web design, motion graphics, compositing and video editing. As founder and lead designer of R2 (launched in 2003), Bianchi spearheads a wide variety of projects ranging from renderings for some of the most anticipated architectural projects in the world to art direction and video editing for acclaimed arts organizations in Miami; most notable is his recent collaboration with the renowned New World Symphony on the inaugural "Symphony After Hours: Late Night at the Lincoln" in December 2008. He reprised his role as art director for the symphony's highly anticipated "Late Night" event in December of 2009.
While web-design and architectural visualization make his bread and butter (his work was featured in such high-profile publications like CG Architect), Bianchi's true passion lies in 3D animation. Most recently, he put his skills to use in the much-buzzed-about "The Beach Chronicles", where he single-handedly executes all art-related details; from creating the sound effects, composing the music, sketching the characters to modeling their surroundings in 3D and bringing them all to life. Paired for this occasion with his long-time collaborator Kevin Sharpley of Kijik Multimedia, Bianchi hopes to create a cultural phenomenon that will draw its inspiration from Miami's recent cultural boom, presenting "The Beach Chronicles" as another element that puts Miami on the map as a destination for those who seek artistic content worthy of a deeper thought.
His latest venture has taken him to the mobile operating systems world where he has collaborated with various developers and created The Beach Chronicles Android App.
An avid supporter of culture and arts, Bianchi frequently donates his time and services to local arts organizations (such as the Miami Beach Cinematheque, among others), and serves on Miami Fashion Association's organizing committee.