Independent Documentaries

Independent Docs

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

Commissioned Shorts

Commissioned 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
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

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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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The Messy Truth web series nominated for 21st annual Webby Awards

The Messy Truth, the landmark web series produced by Meridian Hill Pictures and Magic Labs Media, was nominated for the 21st Annual Webby Awards, the internet's highest honor.
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