About Spark Filmmakers Collaborative

Our Mission

Spark Filmmakers Collaborative (SFC) envisions an open and loving society that recognizes and values the similarities and differences between us.
Our stories help us see ourselves in each other, dismantling stereotypes perpetuated by lack of representation.

SFC inspires and supports voices of all abilities, ages, ethnicities, genders, sexual identities and income levels to share their vision and points of through film and video by breaking down barriers to film and video production, as a passion or a career path, with low-cost and free educational, exhibition, and community-building opportunities.

Our Vision

  • Prepare people of all kinds with visual storytelling skills applicable to any industry or career path – centered on the creation of films 5 minutes and under
  • Provide access to low cost and free instruction related to the business side of filmmaking for those whose goals include careers in film
  • Develop pathways to revenue generation via micro-short filmmaking
Filmstrip 1 - Spark Filmmakers Collaborative

Diversity & Inclusion Statement

Spark Filmmakers Collaborative envisions an just and loving society based on the recognition of our similarities and appreciation for our differences.

Our stories help us see ourselves in each other and help dismantle dominant cultural narratives that divide us.

Spark Filmmaker Collaborative inspires and supports voices of all abilities, ages, ethnicities, genders, sexual identities and income levels to share their visions and points of view via films and videos 5 minutes and under.

  • Film/video production can be a complex and expensive undertaking
  • Building an audience and breaking into the entertainment/media industry pose different challenges
  • Success requires building and maintaining professional relationships, and meeting ever-changing industry expectations in an opaque profit-driven system

Our DEI Action Plan

We are committed to developing programming for independent creators to share their work, build connections, grow their storytelling skills, and learn the business side of filmmaking.

We build collaborative partnerships with organizations of like mind to amplify each other, grow our communities, and expand opportunities for independent creators—always focusing our actions on:

  • Intentionally removing barriers to participation through advocacy
  • Building coalitions with Black, Indigenous, and community partners of color
  • Prioritizing the recruitment of board, staff, and teaching artists of color
  • Actively supporting anti-racism advocacy efforts
  • Mentoring the next generation of leaders
Lukia Costello - Founder & Executive Director SPC and MicroMania Film Festival

Meet Lukia Costello

Founder & Executive Director | (She, Her)

Lukia is an artist, filmmaker, editor/VFX artist and serial social entrepreneur with 15+ years experience fostering artistic collaboration and producing public events in Western New York. She is a member of the New York Women in Film, Television and Film Festival Alliance. She also represents Spark Filmmakers collaborative as an organizational partner of Partnership for Public Good.

Lukia has served as a judge for the Buffalo 48 Hour Film Project, Kinofilm Festival UK, and Buffalo International Film Festival. Her volunteer work includes administrative level and board service with local organizations such as:

Meet Spark’s Wonderful, Creative, & Brilliant Board of Directors

Steve Rosenthal - Board President - Spark Filmmakers Collaborative

Steve Rosenthal

Board President | (He, Him)

Steve founded the video/digital film production company Caramax Studio, which produces documentaries, narrative films, industrials, and commercials for broadcast and the internet. Steve is a Director of Photography, Editor, Digital Colorist, and FAA licensed Remote Pilot. His documentary Go Gentle has been viewed more than 48,000 times on Amazon Prime.

Steve is also a musician and was a founding member of the Amherst Saxophone Quartet. He’s been a board member of Chamber Music America, American Composers Forum, and panelist for the National Endowment for the Arts.

Dorothea Braemer - Board Member - Spark Filmmakers Collaborative

Dorothea Braemer

Board Member | (She, Her)

Dorothea has been actively involved in providing access to video training and production facilities to historically underserved communities as the former Media Center Manager and Program Director at Scribe Video Center and the former Director of Squeaky Wheel Film & Media Arts Center. Currently the Co-Director of the Termite TV Collective and active member since 1994, Braemer has produced numerous half-hour television programs for this award-winning video collective covering a broad range of cultural, social, and political themes.

Braemer’s personal media work has been broadcast nationally on PBS, and exhibited internationally at venues such as the Museum of Modern Art and the Museum of Television & Radio (now the Paley Center for Media). She has been the recipient of grants and awards from the Sprague Foundation, the Bread and Roses Community Fund, the Pennsylvania Council of the Arts, the Puffin Foundation, and the Samuel S. Fels Fund, among others.

Braemer has taught film analysis and video production in the Communications Department at Villanova University and is currently Assistant Professor at SUNY Buffalo State’s Communication Department. She also serves on the board of Locust Street Art in Buffalo, NY.

Tracey B. Wilson - Board Member - Spark Filmmakers Collaborative

Tracey B. Wilson

Board Member | (She, Her)

Tracey has worked in New York, Los Angeles, and many places in between, acting in everything from dramatic theatre and soap operas to quirky independent films and sketch comedy. She has been an actor/writer/director for award-winning short films, and toured North America four times with Lady Gaga as a performance art photographer—an opportunity that led to publishing the book Heal This Way—A Love Story with Lady Gaga’s Little Monsters in support of LGBTQ & bullied teens.

She plays the titular role in the newly released feature Trew’s Calling and stars in the spin-off series Diary Of A Lunatic. Tracey’s solo series Characters of the Quarantine has kept people entertained during the pandemic. Her next big project is Breeding Awesome, a documentary feature assembled from 15 years of private video journals.

Tracey is also a sought-after live event host, specializing in family entertainment at major sporting events and high-energy charity events all over the country.

Anne Hollowday - Board Member - Spark Filmmakers Collaborative

Anne Hollowday

Board Member | (She, Her)

Anne is a New York-based film director and writer. With over a decade of experience in commercials, branded content, documentary and narrative filmmaking, Anne brings a practitioner’s eye to the board. Taking inspiration from her background as a still photographer, Anne’s films are characterized by a strong attention to aesthetics: light, color, and composition.

Her cinematic eye has enabled collaborations with the likes of Porsche, Google, Uber, and Nokia across a variety of commercial and branded content projects, and garnered recognition from SXSW, AICP, The One Club, Shoot Magazine, 1.4 Awards, and American Photography, among many others.

David Cloyd - Board Member - Spark Filmmakers Collaborative

David Cloyd

Board Member | (He, Him)

David has led what could only be called an eclectic musical life. He began as a pianist at the age of 4, and spent the next 20 years adamantly pursuing classical music as a pianist and woodwind multi-instrumentalist, completing his Bachelor of Music Performance at the University of Texas at Austin. He began teaching music and performing live—everything from chamber music and pit orchestras to local rockabilly bands, while also teaching himself how to play bass and guitar, and playing as many instruments as possible in a variety of original bands, eventually writing and singing his own songs in some of them. As he was completing his college degree, he won an internship through the Joni Abbott Music Foundation to move to NYC and work at EMI Music Publishing. Soon after, he walked away from it all to pursue his true passion: writing songs and making records.

Today, he is a solo recording artist with ECR Music Group in NYC. Following its worldwide release, his debut album Unhand Me, You Fiend! hit #1 on eMusic’s Album Charts. Cloyd followed on the national success of that album with I Could Disappear, a powerful collection of solo performances, and a fresh take on a Paul McCartney classic “Dear Boy” from the 1971 album Ram. He is currently in the studio, finishing up his third studio album.

Alongside his duties as ECR’s Executive Vice President of Creative Operations, he also spearheads and A&R’s his own imprint, Hook & Ladder Records, home for the developing artists emerging from his Buffalo recording and production studio. He is also an actor, creator, writer, scoring composer, and producer with PizzaDog Studios, the Buffalo production company behind his new web series, Cloyd.

Most recently, he is the co-founder of Buffalo Music Club, a local artists collaborative focused on creating and fostering a vibrant and sustainable local music scene by constantly reimagining the relationship between life, music, musicians, and the community within the city of Buffalo, its surrounding areas, and beyond.