Who We Are

Founded by director and producer Andrea Kalin in 1989, Washington D.C.-based Spark Media strives to both entertain and inspire audiences - changing one family, one community, one struggle at a time. Spark's driven production team crafts projects that combine ingenuity with integrity, intellectual rigor with strong narrative, vision with action. Excellence is our passion, and the standard that unites everyone at Spark to transform stories into impact and ignite lasting social change.

Our Mission

Spark’s deep roots are in activist storytelling that fosters social and institutional change. But we don’t just tell stories. We crystallize messages through our programming and give voice to needed perspectives outside the mainstream. By building partnerships with stakeholders, we extend our ability to create the change that will contribute to a better, healthier, and more inclusive society.


Our Team

Consultants

Awards

Spark Media has garnered over 85 prestigious international video awards for its productions. We believe that people connect with social messages that emerge from stories about people like themselves – with production values that display high quality, creativity, sincerity, and attention to detail. We are proud of the recognition that Spark has earned with the following awards:

  • Platinum Pixie Award – Motion Graphics, 2017
  • Platinum Remi Award – Documentary Feature, WorldFest Houston 2017
  • Hoka Award – Best Documentary Feature, Oxford Film Festival 2017
  • Spotlight Award 2016
  • Accolade Award 2016
  • Audience Choice Award, Fairhope Film Festival 2016
  • TIVA-Peer Awards 2016 (3)
  • Award for Excellence, IndieFEST 2016
  • Audience Award – Best Alabama Film, Sidewalk Film Festival, 2016
  • Jury Award – Honorable Mention, Sidewalk Film Festival, 2016
  • Best Director, StarDoc International Documentary Film Festival 2016
  • Most Disturbing Film, Ramdam Film Festival 2016
  • Impact Doc Awards – Award of Excellence, Special Mention 2016
  • National Endowment for the Humanities Top 50 – 2015
  • Humanitarian Award, Tiburon International Film Festival 2015
  • IndieFEST Film Awards 2015 (3)
  • Global Film Awards, Humanitarian Award – Outstanding Achievement 2014
  • Pixie Award – Gold 2014
  • Accolade Award, Special Mention 2014
  • TIVA-Peer Award 2014
  • Maverick Award – Best Feature Documentary, Woodstock Film Festival 2014
  • Accolade Award 2013
  • TIVA-Peer Awards 2013 (2)
  • Madelyn’s Choice Award, Rocky Mountain Women’s Film Festival 2013
  • CINE Golden Eagle 2013
  • TIVA-Peer Award 2012
  • CINE Golden Eagle 2012
  • Accolade Awards 2011 (2)
  • Best of DC TIVA Peer Award 2010
  • TIVA Peer Awards 2010 (8)
  • Writers Guild of America Nomination 2010
  • Special Jury Award, Worldfest Houston International Film Festival, 2010
  • CINE Golden Eagle Awards 2010 (2)
  • Directors Choice, Black Maria Film & Video Festival 2010
  • Grand Jury Award, Mid-Atlantic Black Film Festival 2008
  • World Media Festival Gold Medal 2008
  • Paul Robeson Award Gold 2008
  • Telly Award 2008
  • Best Documentary Feature ABFF 2007
  • TIVA Peer Awards 2007 (6)
  • CINE Golden Eagle AWARD 2007
  • Grand Goldie Award 2007
  • CINE Golden Eagle Award 2006
  • Telly Award 2006
  • Best Indie Spec Documentary Award, Boston International Film Festival 2006
  • Prime Time Emmy 2004
  • Golden Globe Nomination 2004
  • Eric Barnouw Award 2004
  • Gold Special Jury Award, WorldFest – Houston International Film Festival 2003
  • Chris Award 2003
  • CINE Golden Eagle Award 2003
  • CINE Golden Eagle Award 2002
  • Gracie Allen Award 2000 AWRT
  • Telly Award 2000
  • The Communicator Crystal Award of Excellence 1999
  • The Communicator Award of Distinction 1999
  • Aurora Gold (2)
  • Aurora Platinum, Best of Category (2)
  • The Communicator Award of Excellence
  • Gold UNESCO 1997 NY Festivals
  • CINE Golden Eagle 1998 (2)
  • Certificate of Excellence, The Latham Foundation for the Promotion of Humane Education 1998 (2)
  • EdPress Distinguished Achievement Award 1998 (2)
  • Silver Screen Award, US International Film and Video Festival 1998