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Betsy has the uncanny ability to capture the heart of any subject. [We] have partnered with Betsy and her team on several projects, and in every instance, she delivers captivating films where the call to action is loud and the impact is lasting.

Rozita Green

Chief Strategy Officer, Commonweal Foundation, Inc.

The House D.C.

Commonweal Foundation | Promotional Film

Two-minute piece on a comprehensive program for inner-city youth in Washington DC.

 

A Call to Care

Catholic Health Association/Video Action | Documentary Feature

Emmy-Award winning historical documentary profiling the extraordinary contributions of Catholic sisters to America's health.

[Red Spark's] approach to our video was thorough from the start. Together, our collaboration resulted in an effective educational tool for law enforcement that has earned acclaim.

Aviva Kurash, MSW

Project Manager, Police Response to Violence Against Women

The Crime of Human Trafficking: A Law Enforcement Guide

International Association of Chiefs of Police | Training Video

Three-part roll call video on how to identify the crime, appropriately respond to its victims and conduct a successful investigation.

 

That Was Then

Society for the Advancement of Women's Health Research/Video Action | Event Presentation

An historical look at how women fared at the hands of the medical profession at the turn of the 20th century. Narrated by Lauren Hutton.

 

National Museum of the United States Army

Maguire-Reeder/United States Army | Promotional Film

Two-minute 'movie trailer' to generate interest in and support of the museum.

I couldn't imagine working with anyone other than Betsy Cox. She helped me share the most intimate and sensitive information.

Olga Trujillo

Speaker & Consultant, Olga Trujillo Consulting

A Survivor's Story

Olga Trujillo Consulting | Training Video

Hour program - presented in four stand-alone segments - chronicling one woman's journey to understand the impact of violence on her life.

Working with Betsy was a true joy. She intuitively knew the look and feel we were after.

Monica Coenraads

Former Director of Research, Rett Syndrome Research Foundation

Urgency/Passion/Hope

Rett Syndrome Research Foundation | Fundraising Video

10-minute film underscoring the pressing need for research into Rett Syndrome, a debilitating neurological disorder affecting girls.

The process was a joy. The product is terrific!

Anne Wallace

Executive Director, OLLI at American University

Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at American University

OLLI at American University | Promotional Film

Short film promoting a dynamic continuing education program for seniors.

Beautiful and captivating....It is very difficult for an outsider to respectfully depict the inner-city black American experience. You have pulled off the rare trick of painting the Dreamers as they are: fully fleshed out human beings who have managed against daunting odds to create meaning from their lives.

Steve Bumbaugh

Former Program Coordinator, Southeast 67 Dreamers

Southeast 67

Red Spark Films | Documentary Feature

Spanning twenty years, the story of sixty-seven students struggling to reconcile the dream of college with daily survival in a community rife with violence, poverty and addiction. | Learn More >>

 

Pat Sitar Center for the Arts

Video/Action | Promotional Film

Profile of a community arts program in the Adams Morgan neighborhood of Washington, DC.

Betsy Cox's creative vision has truly emulated the services and programs of Covenant House New York for the past decade.

Bruce Henry

Former Executive Director, Covenant House New York

Covenant House

Covenant House New York | Event Presentation

Series of short films on a program providing comprehensive services to homeless and runaway youth.

 

Discovery Education Techbook Series

Paladin Media/Discovery Education | Educational Video

Series of fun, lively science videos for middle schoolers.

Betsy combines artistic sense, attention to detail and great feel for her subjects – and clients.

Fred Mael

Principal, Mael Consulting

Making the Call

American Institutes for Research | Discussion Piece

Fifteen minute discussion piece on the pros and cons of army versus civilian life.

 

Miller Center of Public Affairs: A National Meeting Place

Paladin Media/Miller Center | Promotional Film

A profile of a nonpartisan institute that seeks to expand understanding of the presidency, policy and political history. | Learn More >>

 

Fit Team Power Hour: Family Balance

Cortina Productions | Television Program

Episode four of a six part series for the Discovery Health Channel profiling elite athletes, including former NFL quarterback Jim Kelly, US National Women's Soccer players Joy Fawcett and Carla Overbeck and WNBA superstar Cynthia Cooper.

 

Modular Forces

Maguire-Reeder/US Army | Event Presentation

Multi-panel video display at the annual convention of the Association of the United States Army.

Betsy gives personal attention to a project in a very professional way.

Harold Sharlin

Former Executive Director, ReSET

ReSET: The Volunteer Experience

Retired Engineers, Scientists & Technicians | Training Video

Volunteer recruitment and training film on a program which brings retired scientists into the classroom.

A truly collaborative, authentic vision….Betsy handled each inevitable challenge with professionalism, honesty and diligence. I am very grateful for her talent and creativity.

T.R.

Chairman, Heritage Committee

Anonymous

Private Client | Documentary Feature

One family's story spanning two centuries and five generations.

 

Have you had your folic acid today?

Spina Bifida Association of Kentucky | Public Service Announcement

30 second PSA on the importance of folic acid in reducing spina bifida

 

Honoring the Past, Reshaping the Future

Video Action/Office for Victims of Crime, Department of Justice | Event Presentation

Theme video for 2011 National Crime Victims' Rights Week

Betsy Cox's creative vision has truly emulated the services and programs of Covenant House New York for the past decade.

Bruce Henry

Former Executive Director, Covenant House New York

Restoring Rights

Covenant House New York | Event Presentation

Series of short films on a program providing comprehensive services to homeless and runaway youth.

Love, love, love this!

Lizzie Clark

Owner, Hot Yoga Charlottesville

Hot Yoga Charlottesville

Hot Yoga Charlottesville | Mini-Dox

A 2-minute introductory piece to the unexpected and life-changing benefits of yoga. | Learn More >>

The film captures the essence of what we do in a stunning and succinct way.

Erika Viccellio, MEd

Executive Director, Charlottesville Free Clinic

Charlottesville Free Clinic

Charlottesville Free Clinic | Mini-Dox

Profile of one of the first free clinics in the country.

[Red Spark] captured the identity and soul of a vibrant and growing young non-profit, and made it a story we are proud of telling.

Kelly Eplee

Executive Director, Building Goodness Foundation

Building Goodness Foundation

Building Goodness Foundation | Mini-Dox

A series of our signature mini-dox on an innovative non-profit bringing skilled construction volunteers to communities in need.

A polished and professional film that tells our story exceptionally well...We couldn't have asked for an easier or more rewarding experience.

Sarah Bedford

75th Anniversary Capital Campaign Committee

Westminster Church: Seventy-Five Years

Westminster Presbyterian Church | Mini-Dox

A look back at the seventy five year history of Westminster Presbyterian Church in Charlottesville, VA.

Betsy made a fantastic, moving short film for us that has been tremendously helpful in drawing visitors to campus.

Todd Barnett, Ph.D.

Head of School, Field School of Charlottesville

Field School of Charlottesville

Field School of Charlottesville | Mini-Dox

Profile of an innovative middle school for boys in Charlottesville, Virginia.

 

A Sister's Story

Kelly & Susan Eplee | Mini-Dox

The story of Annie Eplee, as told by her sister Rachael.

We are thrilled with the mini-doc. Impressive, very professionally done and cost-effective.

Charles J. McElroy

President, WorkSource Enterprises

WorkSource Enterprises

WorkSource Enterprises | Mini-Dox

A profile of a non-profit providing job opportunities and training for people with disabilities.

Welcome

At Red Spark*, we create films on issues we care passionately about and we’ve been doing it for nearly two decades.

Whether the project is a documentary, a promotional film, an event presentation, a training video or one of our affordable mini-dox, every film combines seamless storytelling with the highest production values.

* Formerly Betsy Cox Productions

I couldn’t imagine working with anyone other than Betsy Cox. She helped me share the most intimate and sensitive information…

Olga Trujillo

Speaker & Consultant | Olga Trujillo Consulting

About Us

Documentary storytelling is our passion and we take that approach with every film, whether it is for broadcast, promotion, fundraising or training. Our focus is social issues, including poverty, education, family violence, justice and healthcare.

Collaboration is paramount. We join forces with activists and advocates, non-profits and foundations from the initial concept through final delivery and distribution. The true experts are those experiencing the issues first-hand. Our job is simply to serve as the vehicle through which those stories are shared.

Why Red Spark

The red in Red Spark is dedicated to those who have entrusted us with their stories, stories frequently very difficult to tell. Doing so requires bravery and often a leap of faith. (And if courage were a color, we think it would be red.)

A spark is what we hope will result. A well-crafted film can open minds. Illuminate ideas. Dispel stereotypes. Create conversation. Empower the storyteller. Breach a divide. Light a spark.

Who We Are

We are a collective of independent filmmakers committed to producing media to effect social change.

Betsy Cox is the principal and creative director of Red Spark Films. She has been producing and directing for more than two decades, and still can’t believe how lucky she is to have a job that never, ever feels like a job.

Michael Haley/Editor is the best short-form editor we know with over twenty-five years of experience. His signature style can be seen on our Covenant House films, Fit Team Power Hour and Honoring the Past/Reshaping the Future.

Ryan Hill/Director of Photography is the guy behind the lens in Southeast 67. (This was our first collaboration with Ryan, but it won’t be the last.) In 2011, he won the coveted Sundance Cinematography Award for The Redemption of General Butt Naked.

Jane Hutchins/Graphic Designer has some of the most prestigious industry awards to her name, and creates for PBS, Discovery and National Geographic, among others. Her layered, nuanced style can be seen in That Was Then, Making the Call, and National Museum of the United States Army.

Toni Jannelli/Graphic Designer is a multi-media artist who is a talented painter and sculptor as well as a designer of print and motion graphics. Red Spark is thrilled to have her on board, most recently for Southeast 67.

Michael Josephs/Composer has created original scores for over 200 films, and was nominated for a National Primetime Emmy for Outstanding Main Title Theme Music. He has collaborated with Betsy for nearly twenty years, most recently on Southeast 67.

Bob Kanner/Editor has been editing documentaries for PBS, the History Channel, National Geographic, A&E and BBC for thirty years. He’s worked with Betsy on too many projects to name, including A Call to Care and Southeast 67. His list of lengthy accolades includes five Emmys.

Rodney Patterson/Director of Photography has more than thirty years’ experience (and a bunch of Emmys in his closet, too) filming for Dateline, 20/20, Frontline and 60 Minutes, among others. He has collaborated with Red Spark on numerous projects for more than ten years.

Films

Whatever your end goal, we will work with you to produce a film to achieve it.

Documentaries and Television Programs might just be our favorites. We love the storytelling potential of long-format films.

Event presentations are the perfect way to both educate and emotionally engage your audience, and we have found 4-6 minutes to be the ideal length. A short film accomplishes so much more than someone espousing at a lectern! (And once the event is past, these films make terrific promotional pieces.)

Promotional and Fundraising films are short programs designed to create awareness of an issue or organization, generate support and promote action. In today’s media savvy world, a compelling film that captures your story is a necessity, not a luxury.

Training videos are all too often a boring recitation of facts, illustrated by predictable graphics. What can you possibly learn when you’re fighting to stay awake? We believe training videos should emotionally engage your audience while educating them, and our documentary approach to these videos has proven effective in doing just that.

Sample Projects

Discussion Piece

Making the Call

Documentary Feature

A Call to Care

Anonymous

Southeast 67

Educational Video

Discovery Education Techbook Series

Event Presentation

Covenant House

Honoring the Past, Reshaping the Future

Modular Forces

Restoring Rights

That Was Then

Fundraising Video

Urgency/Passion/Hope

Promotional Film

Miller Center of Public Affairs: A National Meeting Place

National Museum of the United States Army

Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at American University

Pat Sitar Center for the Arts

The House D.C.

Public Service Announcement

Have you had your folic acid today?

Television Program

Fit Team Power Hour: Family Balance

Training Video

A Survivor's Story

ReSET: The Volunteer Experience

The Crime of Human Trafficking: A Law Enforcement Guide

Mini-Dox

We created mini-dox for non-profits with limited resources. We shoot one to two days on a DSLR camera with a stripped down crew, and edit and deliver a two to three minute film in two weeks. Limited graphics. Stock music. Just good storytelling. (Our mini-dox model can be adapted to accommodate a longer running time, depending on your needs.)

Sample Projects

Hot Yoga Charlottesville

Charlottesville Free Clinic

Building Goodness Foundation

Westminster Church: Seventy-Five Years

Field School of Charlottesville

A Sister's Story

WorkSource Enterprises

Kudos

  • Capitol Region Emmy for Outstanding Documentary
  • CINE Golden Eagles
  • Gold Cindys, Association of Visual Communicators
  • Gold Awards, Worldfest Charleston International Film Festival
  • Gold Award, LEVA Shield Video Awards
  • Gold Award, Aurora Awards
  • Gold and Bronze Awards, Worldfest Houston International Film Festival
  • Crystal Award of Excellence, The Communicator Awards
  • Silver, 2015 DC Peer Awards, TIVA-DC
  • Silver and Bronze Tellys
  • Silver Apples, National Educational Film and Video Competition
  • Helen & Martin Schwartz Award for National Excellence in Humanities Programming
  • Silver Plaque, 2005 Intercom Awards
  • Finalist, 2001 Time Inc.’s FREDDIE Awards
  • Honorable Mention, The Chris Awards
  • Best Feature Documentary, Our City Festival
  • Audience Award, Alexandria International Film Festival
  • Award of Merit, International Film Festival for Peace, Inspiration & Equality
  • Rosebud Award, Rosebud Film Festival
  • Official Selection, Virginia Film Festival
  • Official Selection, San Diego Black Film Festival
  • Official Selection, Capital City Black Film Festival
  • Official Selection, Washington DC Independent Film Festival
  • Official Selection, New Hope Film Festival
  • Official Selection, Louisville International Film Festival
  • Official Selection, Urban Mediamakers Film Festival
  • Official Selection, Frederick Film Festival
  • Official Selection, Chicago International Television Festival
  • Official Selection, Atlanta International Film and Video Festival
  • Official Selection, San Francisco International Film Festival
  • Official Selection, Silver Images Film Festival
  • Official Selection, James River Festival of the Moving Image
  • Official Selection, Roxbury International Film Festival

Betsy takes the time to really understand the client’s needs and goals, and then makes it happen!

Nancy Chandler

Former Executive Director | National Children’s Alliance

Get In Touch

Red Spark Films
2785 Southern Hills Drive
North Garden, VA 22959

info@redsparkfilms.com