SPK Productions is an independent film company whose mission is to produce for its clients and viewers documentaries, short films and corporate videos that meet the highest production standards in the industry.
SPK and its Founder, Thurston Smith, have received more than 70 film and video awards in recognition of the high quality and uncompromising professional standards that they employ in their work.
About the Founder - Thurston Smith
Thurston Smith is an Emmy Award winning director, writer, producer and editor. Thurston has over 70 other filmmaking awards to his credit, including thirteen awards at the New York Festivals (1998-2004) and eight at the Chicago International Film Festival (2002-2005).
Four years ago, Thurston founded Spartan Punk Productions, Inc an independent film company, through which Thurston produced two feature-length documentaries: "Silicon Alley Stories" and “Salvation for Siberia”. Spartan Punk’s first work, “Silicon Alley Stories”, won best documentary at the 2001 New York Independent Film Festivals. More recently, Spartan Punk produced its first short film entitled “Whoa,” which won the best Short Film Award at the 2004 New York Festivals.
This past year Spartan Punk changed its name to SPK Productions. SPK is currently producing a number of short films and documentaries which are scheduled to be released in 2006. SPK has also been engaged to lead Post-production for “Sylvia’s Soul,” a feature-length documentary about the famous Sylvia’s Soul Food Restaurant in Harlem which is in its final stages of production and scheduled for release in 2006.
In addition to his activities with SPK, Thurston currently is the Production Director at Getty Images (NYSE: GYI), where he creates demos and other pieces for advertising firms, movie trailer firms and other companies. One example of his work at Getty Images is the Disney feature length film, "Illumination 2000 - Reflections of Earth ". Thurston was responsible for both co-directing and editing this film which was featured at Epcot Center in Orlando throughout 2000.