Independent Films

Independent Films

Learn more >

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

Commercial Shorts

Commercial Shorts

Learn more >

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



Learn more >

We produce documentary series that tell people-centered stories in an episodic format ideal for the web and digital distribution. 

Proudly based in Washington, DC since 2010

Contact us Attend our next event >

Our team


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.

Contact us Meet our team >

What People Are Saying


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."


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."

Our films have been seen on:

Studio News


Growing as a Filmmaker and the #365Films Challenge

Given my last name, people might assume that I have deep connections to Hollywood and filmmaking. The truth is that I don’t know of any familial connection to the Warner Bros. Pictures studio. I also have no brothers. Growing up in a family of three older sisters, we watched films from time to time, but filmmaking did not become an important part of my life until about four years ago.
Continue reading >

Interview with Director of Production, Michelle Aguilar

Our spring 2017 outreach and distribution intern Marjan Koffa sat down with Michelle Aguilar, MHP’s director of production at MHP, to talk more about Michelle’s background. Get to know our awesome director of production  in this blog post that highlights how Michelle got her start in documentary filmmaking, the story behind her short film El Cacao and insights she has for other filmmakers.
Continue reading >
Studio News   

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. 
Continue reading >

Read our blog >

Meridian Hill Pictures Events

City of Trees at Free Minds

When: Wednesday, February 07, 2018 at 07:30 PM
Where: George Washington University School of Media and Public Affairs in Washington, DC

Free Minds Book Club & Writing Workshop invites audiences to attend the screening of the documentary City of Trees, in partnership with The Advocacy Project, on Wednesday, February 7th at George Washington University.
Join Free Minds members home from prison as we watch the film and reflect with a discussion afterwards.


SAABA at American University

When: Wednesday, March 07, 2018 at 07:00 PM
Where: American University McKinley Building in Washington, DC

Told from the perspective of five community members in a small town in Burkina Faso, the new six-part docuseries offers a people-centered view of a peace-building effort from an area that draws increasing international attention for its role in combating violent extremism.

Produced by Meridian Hill Pictures and Big Mouth Productions, this screening will feature the filmmakers and experts from the U.S. Institute of Peace.

Sponsored by: American University Film & Media Arts Division and SOC Diversity Committee

Explore more events >

Contact Us

Join Meridian Hill Pictures