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Public Defender

Andrea Kalin


Director, Public Defender

Andrea Kalin is an award-winning filmmaker and founder of Spark Media, a production company dedicated to programs with a social conscience. Kalin’s storytelling has earned her over 100 awards and honors, including a Primetime Emmy, two Gracies, a CHRIS Award, and Golden Globe and WGA nominations. Her work has been shown theatrically and at film festivals worldwide, including Hot Docs, Woodstock Film Festival, and Human Rights Watch Film Festival. It has been distributed by global broadcasters and streaming platforms such as Smithsonian, MTV, HBO, PBS’s WORLD Channel, Amazon, Apple TV, Tubi, and Deutsche Welle. Her latest film, Scattering CJ, premiered at the Camden International Film Festival and aired on PBS in September 2022. She has produced 12 feature documentaries and scores of advocacy shorts. Kalin’s debut documentary, Partners of the Heart, aired on PBS’s American Experience, won the Erik Barnouw Award for Best History Doc, and is part of the NEH50, a list of the most culturally significant projects funded by the National Endowment for the Humanities. Kalin seeks unexpected, gripping human stories that shape who we are and how we see our world. Her spirited storytelling inspires audiences and sparks imagination.