Dawson to star in pic

NEW YORK — Hart Sharp Entertainment, the Gotham-based shingle that co-produced “Boys Don’t Cry” has greenlit its next production, the urban drama “Lift.”

Sundance vets DeMane Davis and Khari Streeter will write and direct the shoplifting story. Their tyro feature, “Black and White and Red All Over,” preemed in competition at the ’96 fest.

Hart Sharp has inked up-and-comer Rosario Dawson (“Down to You,” “He Got Game”) to star.

On the rise

“Lift,” developed though the Sundance Writers’ and Directors’ Workshop, won both the first Maryland Filmmakers Fellowship and the Sundance NHK Intl. Filmmakers Award. It will be financed through Hart Sharp’s film fund, which the company created in September to finance pics in the $2 million-$3 million range.

“Lift” concerns a 19-year-old (Dawson) who prides herself on being the most talented shoplifter in Boston. A tragedy forces her to give up her larcenous lifestyle of boosting Coach bags and Nike sneakers and repair her relationship with her estranged mother.

Ad work

Since making their feature debut three years ago, Davis and Streeter have been working regularly in commercials, helming Alan Iverson’s spots for Reebok and a campaign for Blue Cross Blue Shield.

“Lift,” slated to begin production in the spring, will be produced by Hart Sharp co-founders John Hart and Jeff Sharp, company production prexy Robert Kessel and Mark Hankey. Cathy Konrad will exec produce.

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