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 90 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:

  • Emmy Award
  • Golden Globe Nomination
  • Writers’ Guild of America Nomination
  • Erik Barnouw Award for Best History Documentary
  • National Endowment for the Humanities NEH 50 List
  • Paul Robeson Award
  • Best of DC TIVA-DC Peer Award
  • 21 TIVA-DC Peer Awards
  • 10 CINE Golden Eagles
  • 5 Accolade Awards
  • 4 IndieFEST Film Awards
  • 2 Telly Awards
  • 2 Communicator Awards of Excellence
  • Communicator Award of Distinction
  • Platinum Pixie Award
  • Gold Pixie Award
  • Impact Doc Award of Excellence
  • Outstanding Achievement and Humanitarian Award, Global Film Awards
  • Spotlight Award
  • Grand Goldie Award
  • Chris Award
  • Gracie Allen Award
  • Aurora Platinum ‘Best of Category’ Medal
  • Aurora Gold Medal
  • EdPress Distinguished Achievement Award
  • Certificate of Excellence, The Lathan Foundation for the Promotion of Humane Education

Festival Awards:

  • Best Documentary, Boston International Film Festival
  • Platinum Remi Awards – Documentary Feature, WorldFest Houston
  • Hoka Award for Best Documentary, Oxford Mississippi Film Festival 2027
  • Audience Award for Best Alabama Film, Sidewalk Film Festival
  • Jury Award-Honorable Mention, Sidewalk Film Festival
  • Audience Choice Award, Fairhope Film Festival
  • Maverick Award for Best Documentary, Woodstock Film Festival
  • Madelyn’s Choice Award, Rocky Mountain Women’s Film Festival
  • Special Jury Award, Houston International Film Festival
  • Gold Jury Award, Houston International Film Festival
  • Best Director, StarDoc International Documentary Film Festival
  • Most Disturbing Film, Ramdam Film Festival
  • Humanitarian Award, Tiburon International Film Festival
  • Director’s Choice, Black Maria Film & Video Festival
  • Grand Jury Award, Mid-Atlantic Black Film Festival
  • Gold Medal, World Media Festival
  • Best Documentary, American Black Film Festival
  • Gold UNESCO NY Festivals
  • Silver Screen Award, U.S. International Film and Video Festival