Sharpshooter Pictures, the award-winning Film Production Company in New York City, was founded by filmmakers Adam Watstein and Jennifer Lyne.
A native New Yorker, Adam Watstein has been behind the camera most of his life. A degree from New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts in Film Production set the course for a life dedicated to filmmaking. He co-wrote, directed, and shot two independent features, Off the Hook and Loudmouth Soup. His next venture: sharing his passion for film creation and production with high school students. He created two nationally award-winning film and media departments–one at a top tier New York City private school and one at a public high school with more than 4,000 students, requiring the supervision of more than 200 short films. In 2011, he founded Sharpshooter Pictures with Jennifer Lyne and has been shooting ever since, creating over 500 web videos to date.
“Our work really is all about telling stories, ” says Adam. “It’s what we love and what we bring to everything we do at Sharpshooter Pictures—whether it’s one of our feature films, web videos or still photography.”
“People have become more visually literate.” Jennifer says. “But instead of trying to surprise them with complex visuals, grab them by showing authentic, dramatic work.”
Jennifer Lyne grew up in Richmond, Virginia. At 23, she sold her horses and her Jeep to move to Manhattan’s East Village. She has worked with such noted filmmakers and producers as Todd Solondz, Ted Hope, Scott Rudin, Sydney Pollack, and Martin Scorsese. She and Adam co-wrote and produced Off the Hook and Loudmouth Soup. During her time in Los Angeles, Jennifer was a project manager for Barry Diller. In addition to co-founding and running Sharpshooter Pictures with Adam, she is also an author. Her first novel, Catch Rider was published to much acclaim by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt in 2013, and she is currently at work on her second novel. Jennifer is a proud member of the International Brotherhood of Teamsters, Local 817.
Press for Off the Hook:
“Powerful and sensitive, rarely a false moment, an arresting debut.Unlike most inner-city stories that come out of Hollywood, this feels like the real thing.” ***3 stars – The New York Daily News
“An engrossing first feature…captures the raw desperation and physical meanness of the inner city. Off the Hook is a mostpromising start, and audiences will be moved as well as rewarded by it.” – Film Threat
“Arresting performances…Reminiscent of Cassavetes. Off the Hook is much more successful than most other films that deal with daily life in the projects.” – The Chicago Reader
“Admirable and timely.” – The Hollywood Reporter
“Brings drama, urgency and a haunting poignance.” – The New York Film and Video Monitor
“A gritty, moving film.” – The New York Post
Press for Loudmouth Soup:
“Sly barbs are as plentiful as martini olives…” – The New York Times
“Excellent Performances…” – New York Magazine