SPARGEL PRODUCTIONS is a film and documentary production company based in New York City. Filmmakers and theater artists Anne de Mare and Kirsten Kelly founded Spargel in 2002 to produce their award-winning documentary "Asparagus! Stalking the American Life". This feature film about a spirited rural community’s struggle against U.S. Drug Policy, Free Trade and the Fast Food Nation premiered at The Full Frame Documentary Film Festival in 2006 and went on to win a number of Best Documentary and Audience Awards in festivals across the country. The film garnered the W.K. Kellogg Good Food Film Award, and earned the filmmakers the distinct honor of being named the 2008 Agricultural Communicators of the Year by Michigan Farm Bureau. "Asparagus!" was released on DVD in 2008 and the film was broadcast on PBS in 2009. Spargel has since produced and directed a number of film and video projects including "Juilliard Discoveries," a short documentary about 4 to 6 year old virtuoso musicians for the Juilliard School, and a short narrative pilot entitled "Front of House." Their video work has been seen on stage at Lincoln Center and the Park Avenue Armory, and additional clients include The New York Times and New York University.
Spargel is currently in production for The Real Rosie The Riveter Project, filming and preserving the first-hand stories of women who served our country on the home front during World War II for NYU’s Tamiment Library and Robert F. Wagner Labor Archives. The team is also in pre-production for a new feature documentary about the rise of homeless youth in Chicago (scheduled to begin shooting in the fall of 2010).
Anne and Kirsten bring the unique sensibility of a theatre background to their film and documentary work. They share a deep commitment to projects that celebrate the transformative power of the human spirit. They have a shared focus on the curious, quirky and wondrous stories of life in the United States and the shifting nature of what it means to be an American. With their intensive backgrounds in theatre and character and story development, they share a dedication to projects where the individual human experience illuminates the face of society as a whole.