Independent Documentaries

Independent Documentaries

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We produce original feature-length docs, support co-productions and assist broadcasters and filmmakers with DC-based production needs.

Commissioned Shorts

Commissioned Shorts

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We use video storytelling to humanize the impact of services and programs, raise awareness of pressing issues, and drive campaigns.



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We build video storytelling capacity for organizations and schools through multipart trainings for nonprofit staff and educators.

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The team at Meridian Hill Pictures

Our award-winning team of independent filmmakers, media educators, and digital strategists is passionate about bringing our storytelling expertise to your organization.

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What People Are Saying


Van Jones, CNN commentator
founder, Magic Labs Media

CITY OF TREES is honest. It is real. It explores the messy truths embedded in all fights for environmental and social justice...most importantly: the film respects the viewer's intelligence. It leaves room for interpretation. It remains open for diverse audiences to engage with the many paradoxes it explores. CITY OF TREES is a rare, people-centered, non-partisan story that captures the gut-wrenching, heartbreaking contradictions as they play out at the grassroots level."



Patty Fugere

Patty Fugere, Executive Director,
Washington Legal Clinic for the Homeless

“MHP honored the importance and the impact of the voices of our clients. They were deeply committed to helping the community members tell their stories, in their own words. They listened, they were responsive, and they truly were a joy to work with.”

Pat_Aufderheide.JPGPatricia Aufderheide, Professor,
American University School of Communication

"CITY OF TREES is a richly nuanced, well-told story at the intersection of environmental, economic, cultural and racial concerns; this is the film to challenge anyone bringing one-dimensional solutions to urban development...anyone interested in the complex challenges of "helping others" will find deep insights in this parable of human aspiration."

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Studio News


NFFTY Recap: Reflections from a Teaching Artist

Even after the movie ends, there’s always another strikingly beautiful moment of watching the credits roll for a film you helped bring to life. It always hits me when I see the names of all the people — participants, students, families, teaching artists, and other film advisors —  who traveled together on that challenging, yet amazing journey in creating the film.  As a media teaching artist and documentary filmmaker, I am reminded with every new project that documentary filmmaking is not easy; you have to let go of control, be a team player, and be ready to adapt to change at any moment during the process. It’s both stimulating and exhausting. But it’s always a joy to see my young students create. My phenomenal film students from Sitar Arts Center fully embraced those challenges last Spring and came out with a powerful and heartwarming film about the importance of community support in the face of struggle: IN THE PATH OF MY FATHER.
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A full circle to Full Frame

The best film festivals uniquely create an atmosphere that brings together the most experienced filmmakers in the craft and people just getting their start. 
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City of Trees will broadcast on America ReFramed

March 10, 2016 – (New York, NY) – Meridian Hill Pictures’ first feature-length documentary CITY OF TREES — directed by Brandon Kramer and produced by Lance Kramer — will have its U.S. television premiere Tuesday, April 19, 2016, at 8 p.m. on WORLD Channel (check local listings), as part of the fourth season of AMERICA REFRAMED, public media’s newest documentary series hosted by Natasha Del Toro. The film will also be available for free streaming on starting April 20, 2016.
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Columbia Gorge International Film Festival

When: Friday, September 23, 2016 at 07:15 PM
Where: Big Bear Performing Arts Center in Big Bear Lake, CA

We are thrilled that IN THE PATH OF MY FATHER will screen at the Columbia Gorge International Film Festival on Friday September 23rd at 7:15pm in the FAMILY DRAMA block. The screening is FREE! 



Founded in the idyllic Pacific Northwest, The Columbia Gorge International Film Festival is an international event with a community focus. It aims to showcase, promote and connect deserving filmmakers and multimedia artists within the local, national and international community. 

To celebrate their 9th festival season, CGIFF is taking the festival “On the Road” to meet new audiences and share the works of artists to communities throughout the Western US. This festival embraces nature and the art of camping!

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DTLA Film Festival

When: Saturday, September 24, 2016 at 02:00 PM
Where: Regal Cinemas L.A. LIVE - Theater 11 in Los Angeles, CA


We're thrilled that CITY OF TREES will screen at the Annual Downtown Film Festival in Los Angeles on September 24th at 3:10pm. Click here for tickets to the WEST COAST PREMIERE of the film! 



DTLA Film Festival's programming reflects downtown L.A.’s vibrant new urbanism, the unique ethnic and cultural diversity of its neighborhoods, its burgeoning independent film community, its singular blend of late 19th and 20th century architecture, and the seminal role it played in the early days of American cinema. Set against this dramatic backdrop, DTLA Film Festival serves as a beacon for movie fans and industry professionals throughout Southern California and beyond.

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