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.

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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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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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City of Trees airs on Maryland Public Television

In April, CITY OF TREES will have a special broadcast on Maryland Public Television on the Emmy-nominated series America ReFramed.
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Lance Kramer Selected For The 2017 Impact Partners Fellowship

CITY OF TREES producer and Meridian Hill Pictures co-founder Lance Kramer has been selected to participate in the 2017 Impact Partners Documentary Producers Fellowship. Lance will have the opportunity to attend six developmental workshops led by well-known documentary producers and industry experts in New York City.
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Meridian Hill Pictures Events

Family Program: Earth Day at ACM!

When: Friday, April 21, 2017 at 10:00 AM
Where: Anacostia Community Museum

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In collaboration with the Smithsonian’s Office of Facilities Management and Reliability (OMFR), and Meridian Hills Pictures, the museum recognizes Earth Day with an information display on energy conservation and re-cycling, and a screening of the short film City of Trees.  Also get a tour of the museum’s exhibition The Backyard of Derek Webster’s Imagination. Webster was a self-taught artist who used discarded materials to create sculptural figures.  Today we would say he “up-cycled” everyday objects to create art! 

Register online or call 202.633.4844 to register for this program. 

City of Trees at Goucher College

When: Thursday, April 27, 2017 at 06:00 PM
Where: Goucher College in Baltimore, MD

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Goucher College's second screening of CITY OF TREES will be hosted by Thomas Walker, the Director of the Environmental Studies Program and Matthew Harmin, the Sustainability Coordinator.
 
The environmental studies program at Goucher focuses on "the importance of social and cultural contexts in understanding and responding to environmental issues."
 
Following the screening, there will be a filmmaker Q&A with CITY OF TREES producer Lance Kramer. The screening is FREE for students.

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