Andrea Kalin

Founder, Creative Director
Spark Media
Andrea Kalin is a seasoned documentary filmmaker and founder of Spark Media, a production company dedicated to producing films with a social conscience. She has worked in over 25 countries, from disaster zones to remote tropical rain forests, crafting gripping human stories for the screen. Andrea’s storytelling gifts have earned her more than 90 industry awards and accolades, including a Prime Time Emmy, and Golden Globe and WGA nominations. Andrea specializes in bringing to viewers the emotional front line where lives of courage, perseverance, and dignity persist through seemingly insurmountable hardships. Some of her films dramatize lives that until now have been lost to history, while others address contemporary social issues. Kalin has also produced multilingual documentaries and advocacy programs for international organizations including the IDB, ADB, PAHO, the UN, Unicef and UNFPA. Kalin’s latest feature-length documentary, First Lady of the Revolution has won over ten awards on the festival circuit, including three Audience Awards, and premiered on Public Television’s Reel South Season 3 and on PBS WORLD in March 2018. Kalin's filmography also includes Red Lines, which was awarded Best Documentary at the 2014 Woodstock Film Festival, Most Disturbing Documentary at the 2016 Ramdam International Film Festival, The Humanitarian Award at the Tiburon International Film Festival, and a top 20 audience pick at the 2014 Hot Docs Film Festival. The film was also featured in high-profile screenings on Capitol Hill, the US Holocaust Museum, the United States Institute for Peace and in 30 film festivals around the world. Her 2013 documentary feature, No Evidence of Disease, was released by Regal Cinemas on 44 screens on World Cancer Day 2015, aired 2100 times on public television and was simulcast on WORLD Channel and in Spanish on Vme. Other feature length docs she has directed and produced include: Smithsonian Channel's Worlds of Sound and Soul of a People: Writing America’s Story; PBS's Allah Made Me Funny, Prince Among Slaves, Talking Through Walls and The Pact. Kalin's debut, Partners of the Heart, was named as one of NEH’s 50 Best, aired on PBS' “American Experience”, won the Erik Barnouw Award for Best History Documentary and inspired the original HBO movie Something the Lord Made, starring Alan Rickman and Mos Def.