Independent Films

Independent Films

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We produce independent documentary films and series for broad distribution via festivals, broadcast, VOD, educational and theatrical.

Commercial Shorts

Commercial Shorts

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We produce short films commissioned by organizations to humanize the impact of services, programs, and raise awareness of pressing issues.

Trainings

Trainings

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

Unlock the power of your community's stories.

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Our team

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Our award-winning team of independent filmmakers is passionate about bringing excellence in documentary storytelling to every project. We are a diverse and inclusive team and take pride in our studio culture as one that respects people of all races, genders, gender identities, sexual orientations, religions, and national origins.

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What People Are Saying

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Van Jones, CNN commentator, NYTimes bestselling author

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."


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Giovanna Chesler, Director of Film & Video Studies, George Mason University

"An expertly crafted, intimately rendered, verité documentary...the film closely examines how race and class difference functions, and the real tensions between wanting to change and improve the environment with the urgent need to secure good jobs for one’s family, safety and well-being.”

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

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No Roadmap: Reflections From an Aspiring Documentary Film Producer

I didn’t go to film school. Instead, I started fundraising for public radio after college and stumbled into documentary film by accident while trying to go in a more creative direction with my career. 
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City of Trees on Netflix, iTunes and Amazon

We are thrilled to announce CITY OF TREES will launch on Netflix streaming on May 15 to more than 50 million subscribers! The film is also now available to rent or purchase on iTunes, Google Play, Amazon, and Vudu!
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The Particular Perspective of James Baldwin: "I Am Not Your Negro" MHP Team Screening

It always fascinates me how many interesting and prominent American figures, particularly people of color, are regularly excluded from the narratives found in textbooks and school history lessons. I am astounded when I learn of someone whom I feel should have been an integral part of my early education and whose contributions and works I should be fully aware of by now. Most recently, I experienced this when the whole MHP team went together to see the new Oscar-nominated documentary film, I AM NOT YOUR NEGRO.   
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