Spark Media Wins “Best of DC� Honor

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Washington, D.C.—Spark Media, a leading production company dedicated to producing documentaries that promote social change, is the recipient of nine Peer Awards. The top award, “Best of DC,� was given to “Soul of a People,� which also took away four awards including three Golds for Scriptwriting, Audio Mixing and Music, and a Silver for Best Documentary. The film looks at the controversial New Deal assignment that created America’s first-ever self- portrait and reveals a rich legacy of stories that speak to us anew. The Bronze for Best Documentary was awarded to “Worlds of Sound: The Ballad of Folkways Records,� a stirring portrait of the history of the label and its artists. “Partners of the Heart,� narrated by Morgan Freeman, received the Gold for Best Documentary Classic. It tells the story of the extraordinary interracial partnership that led to modern heart surgery. The Bronze for Education/Training was awarded to the NFLPA’s “Game On: Protecting Your Financial Future,� which focuses on the importance of teaching financial literacy to football players. A Bronze was also awarded for Education/Training to “Export Controls and Compliance Awareness,� which gives a general overview of U.S. export regulations and the government agencies that administer them. “Spark is grateful to the Selection Committee of the Peer Awards for recognizing our efforts,� said Andrea Kalin, president of Spark Media. “The awards give us further motivation to continue producing strong, and meaningful work.� Contact: Lanny Sher, 323-653-0380;



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