American Spark. A new storytelling series. A celebration of the creative spirit. Creativity isn’t limited to a painting or a song, as we learn from these stories. Visit Hansen’s Sno-Bliz in New Orleans and see how Ashley Hansen Springgate has kept alive her family’s famous frozen confection. Meet a San Francisco skateboard maker passionate about up-cycling and connecting with his community. Head to Stanford University where we meet the Mad Scientist of Music. In the Appalachian mountains hear a musical family rooted in old time traditions including the adage that a family that plays together stays together. What fuels the creative spirit? That’s what we’ll explore on American Spark.
ABOUT THE HOST/EXECUTIVE PRODUCER
"I love poets," says May-Lily Lee, "I'd be thrilled if someone called me a video poet." Tightening. Redacting. Distilling the essence of a person’s story into a few minutes. May-Lily told stories on Public Television for two decades - you don’t do something that long if you’re not feeling it. Dubbed Virginia's Storyteller, she became Virginia's longest-running statewide Public Broadcasting personality, and along the way picked up dozens of awards including six regional Emmy's. But who's counting?
In late 2014, May-Lily set off on a journey with a new series in mind. She traveled to Seattle and Sacramento, to New Orleans and Atlanta, and on and on as the list of cities and towns grew. A team of producers, shooters and editors grew, too, including a Pulitzer-winning photojournalist. Before they knew it, the team had a series in the making. And while the title went through various iterations, this one stuck: American Spark. What sparks you?