Artistic Director, Co-Founder
Brandon is an award-winning documentary filmmaker, educator and a co-founder of Meridian Hill Pictures. Brandon has focused his career and education on directing documentary films and teaching youth and adults how to create their own films. Brandon is director of the feature documentary in-production, Green Corps (working title), and co-director of the award-winning short documentaries Porchfest (2011) and Community Harvest (2010). Brandon served as executive producer and media teaching artist on the award-winning youth documentary Life as a Collage (screened at the 2011 AFI SchoolDocs and the San Francisco International Film Festival). Brandon co-designed MHP's Community Video Storytelling media education curriculum, a standards-based approach for teaching documentary filmmaking to diverse populations. Brandon has presented on Community Video Storytelling at the Media That Matters Conference, Yale University, AFI's Silverdocs, MHZ's ShortiCon and the Corps Network's Annual Conference. Brandon has served as a reviewer for the President's Committee on the Arts & Humanities National Youth Program Awards, the highest honor in the country for after school youth arts programs. Prior to forming MHP, Brandon taught documentary filmmaking to youth at ten middle schools across the country for the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts’ ‘On Location’ national tour. Brandon holds a Bachelors Degree in Film Production and Cultural Anthropology from Boston University.
Executive Director, Co-Founder
Lance is a multi-discplinary storyteller and respected arts leader, with background in documentary filmmaking, education, journalism and community organizing. At MHP, Lance produces the studio’s independent documentary films; develops new partnerships; and spearheads outreach and engagement strategy. In 2014, Lance received the prestigious DC Mayor's Arts Award, recognizing his innovative work in the art of documentary filmmaking. Lance is producer of the feature documentaries Green Corps, Voices from Within and associate producer of Fly By Light; and producer of award-winning shorts Life as a Collage, Doing it for Me, Porchfest, and Community Harvest. Prior to founding MHP, worked as a community journalist and children's author in Portland, Oregon; and taught English in Ethiopia. Lance is active in building the DC documentary filmmaking community: he has served two terms as Board Member of Docs In Progress; a Humanities Council of Washington DC humanities scholar and is a current DC Commission on the Arts & Humanities Individual Arts Fellow. Lance holds a Bachelors Degree in History from Dartmouth College.
Studio & Development Manager
Lindsay prides herself on being curious and analytical with an eye for efficiency. As the studio and development manager for Meridian Hill Pictures, she combines her skills at creating organized systems with her interests in community development and filmmaking. Lindsay comes to MHP with a background in marketing and economics from DePaul University. Led by her interest community development, she served two years in the Peace Corps in Senegal where she collaborated with small business owners and community members to develop a juice and jam business, national artisan network, and youth development camp. In addition to working at MHP, she is also an economist at Bureau of Labor Statistics where she produces and analyzes employment estimates. Lindsay is drawn to film for its ability to reveal underrepresented perspectives and spark dialogue. By asking thoughtful, engaging, and challenging questions, she works to discover what leads people to pursue proactive solutions to issues facing their own communities. This is what drives her to support the development of films at Meridian Hill Pictures and produce her own narrative and documentary films.
Communications & Outreach Manager
Alison is a writer and communications specialist who lives and works in Washington, D.C. A native of Bethesda, MD, she completed her undergraduate studies at Stanford University with a BA in Film and Media Studies. With a background in communications, new media, and journalism for scientific non-profits, Alison delights in using creative storytelling to express complex and revolutionary ideas. She also works as a freelance writer and swim coach. Outside of work she enjoys reading graphic novels, exploring D.C. with friends, and playing a lot of pointless iPhone games.
Media Education Manager
Aqiyla is a social worker, documentary filmmaker, and educator living in Washington, DC. Growing up in the Triangle-area of North Carolina, she participated in children’s theater and youth civic organizations, which sparked her passion for the arts and social action at an early age. She holds a bachelor’s degree in Psychology and a Master’s in Social Work from the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill. Her work experience spans early childhood development research, youth-adult partnership programs in the US and Ghana, and youth performance and media arts engagement programs. She received training in documentary arts from Duke’s Center for Documentary Studies and a graduate certification from George Washington University’s Documentary Filmmaking program. Aqiyla continues to think of new media projects to work on with her community.
Hanna is a documentary filmmaker, photographer, and recent graduate from Wake Forest University’s Documentary Film program. Her body of work includes nationally-screened documentary shorts, enhanced e-books on international issues, and transmedia projects that aim to give a voice to overlooked groups in international communities. Her passion for visual storytelling and educating audiences about underrepresented groups brings her to Meridian Hill Pictures, where she acts as the studio’s production manager. Hanna uses her production experience and storytelling background to assist and support all stages of pre-production, production, and post-production at Meridian Hill Pictures.
Originally from Richmond, VA, Ingrid Heiberg graduated from the College of William and Mary in 2011 with a Bachelor’s Degree in French and Literary and Cultural Studies with a film focus. After traveling abroad and teaching English in France, she spent two years serving with AmeriCorps in both Washington, DC and New Orleans, Louisiana. Her experience working with underserved populations as an AmeriCorps volunteer has led her to Meridian Hill Pictures, where she is excited to be a part of MHP’s mission to help DC communities tell their stories.
Growing up overseas drew Bridgette to explore all sorts of different cultures from an early age, and she’s excited to continue this exploration after moving to DC in 2014. She graduated from The Catholic University of America in 2014 with a degree in Media Studies, with a focus on production. Bridgette was drawn to documentary because of the power it has to tell stories and bring attention to the unseen, which meshes with her interest in human rights and social justice. Although Bridgette has created her own documentaries before, Meridian Hill Pictures is her first foray into the documentary world from a studio perspective, and she is excited to learn a much as she can. When not thinking of a story idea or interning at MHP, she can be found reading, hanging out with friends, and cultivating her nerd cred.
Media Teaching Artist
Saaret Yoseph is an inquisitive storyteller with a background in both cultural studies and new media. She is the director and producer of The Red Line D.C. Project, a transmedia documentary about public art, access and gentrification in the capital city. The project began in 2010, as her graduate thesis for Georgetown University's Communication, Culture & Technology program, and has since evolved into an independent, community-based film. A first-generation Ethiopian-American, Saaret is drawn to complicated or peripheral subjects and stories with cultural relevance. Before joining MHP, she designed and implemented a media education program for the Ethiopian Community Center, affording students with immigrant backgrounds an opportunity to create and experiment with digital narratives about their identities in America. Her work has been featured in the Washington Post, Washington City Paper, TheRoot.com and the Kojo Nnamdi Show. Whether discovering new cultures or exploring old subjects, Saaret sees storytelling as a conduit for engaging audiences and connecting worlds. See more at: redlinedc.wordpress.com.
Editor & Teaching Artist
Sara Fusco is a documentary filmmaker, educator and transmedia specialist. She has nearly a decade of experience as a documentary editor and producer, and as a non-profit communications and fundraising strategist. With a focus on international humanitarian and human rights advocacy, her work has taken her on a variety of projects in Africa and the Middle East. Her documentary short MAKAPADS, about innovation in Uganda, was a semi-finalist in GE's Focus Forward Filmmaker Competition. Sara's community-based projects have focused on working as a mentor and technical advisor in youth media classes in New York City and Washington, DC. She has co-created a range of iPad and iPod-based video curricula. Sara has a master’s in Media Studies from The New School in New York City.
Filmmaker & Educator
Ellie Walton is a filmmaker and educator, dedicated to building and sharing intimate stories as transformational acts that reveal and inspire. Ellie’s feature length documentaries include: Chocolate City (2007), screened over 100 times across the world at festivals, universities, and theatres (including E st. Landmark) and broadcast internationally on The Community Channel, and locally on Greenbelt Access Television and Arlington Cable; Igual Que Tú (2009), screened nationally at universities, conferences and the Corcoran Gallery of Art. Ellie is a recipient of the 2011 Mayor’s Arts Award, the highest honor given to individual artists and organizations in Washington, DC. Her work has been recognized through funding from the Humanities Council of Washington, DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities and the National Endowment for the Arts.
Assistant Director and Editor
Jen Quintana has watched countless hours of raw footage — compiling, cutting and visualizing MHP's feature-length documentary Green Corps. With her roots beginning in the study of Philosophy, Jen has stretched herself toward where the water runs deepest — capturing the individual human story. While she has dipped her hands in all phases of film production, from research and planning, to working with the camera, and long hours in the edit suite, what she enjoys most is the collaborative process of weaving different threads of a story into one cohesive, moving visual tapestry. Jen has found in documentary the power to turn a conversation, a question, an idea, maybe even an epiphany, into a conduit that catalyzes and inspires others to see and become immersed in the layers of our own reality.