Commissioned Shorts

Short docs

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Meridian Hill Pictures' expertise lies in authentic and emotionally compelling character-based storytelling. We specialize in the full creative development, production, post-production and distribution of short-form documentary-style videos that tell human stories of relevance for non-profits, schools, government agencies and mission-driven companies. Our videos captivate viewers, engage target audiences, mobilize partners and volunteers, demonstrate and document impact. With each project, we make it easy for our clients, handling all stages of the process, from pre-production planning to final cut. We also develop customized audience and stakeholder engagement strategies around every project, ensuring that powerful storytelling advances our client’s specific impact goals.

Past clients include: National Endowment for the Humanities, Washington Area Bicyclist Association, Lutheran Social Services of the National Capital Area, Washington Legal Clinic for the Homeless, Center for Inspired Teaching.


Doc-style training videos

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  • With the explosion of distance-learning and online education portals, the need for training videos has steadily risen over the past decade. Building on our experience as visual storytellers and educators, Meridian Hill Pictures has built an expertise working with organizations to produce educational training videos using a people-centered documentary approach. We work closely with organizations to understand the learning objectives for each video or series and craft a strategy that allows us to document a learning or facilitation process unfolding in real-life scenarios, with real participants and stakeholders. The resulting pieces clearly communicate information and concepts, with a refreshing and engaging authenticity that relies on real people and stories to facilitate the learning process.

Past clients include: International Baccalaureate Organization, Ford's Theater, Ashoka Foundation.

Portfolio: Nonprofit + Corporate Clients

Washington Ballet
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Washington Ballet

A series of three videos to mark the 40th anniversary of The Washington Ballet and introduction of new artistic director Julie Kent.

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Graphicacy
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Graphicacy

An entrepreneur and an artist transform complicated reports into engaging visual tools for communication. Produced for Graphicacy.

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Friction
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Friction

Produced for the musical ensemble Friction Quartet, this short film celebrates the joys of arts education, and the immeasurable value of music as a tool for expression and confidence-building.

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Future Trails
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Future Trails

Three authentic and personal stories articulate the benefits of a regional trail system in the DC area. Produced for Washington Area Bicyclist Association.

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New Heights
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New Heights

The story of two young mothers in D.C. who navigate the complex challenges of being a good parents while also earning their GED. Produced in partnership with the Student Support Center.

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The Scholar and the Sailor
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The Scholar and the Sailor

A convicted felon and an academic come to change each others’ lives through a passion for sailing and the written word. Produced for the National Endowment for the Humanities.

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Project Healing Waters
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Project Healing Waters

Three combat vets, each injured in a different war, find healing through fly fishing. Produced for the Mental Health Channel.

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Expressions of Abundance
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Expressions of Abundance

Three diverse families each find an opportunity to rebuild their lives through one organization’s impact. Produced for Lutheran Social Services of the National Capital Area.

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A Sponsor’s Story
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A Sponsor’s Story

The sponsor of a local technology nonprofit shares the story about how she came to live a life of service. Produced for 501cTECH.

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Inspired Teachers
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Inspired Teachers

A story of two local elementary school teachers who challenge and improve their teaching practice through an innovative professional development program. Produced for the Center for Inspired Teaching.

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La Expedición
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La Expedición

La Expedición follows the growth, progression, challenges and successes in two classrooms during the first year of teaching at the new Mundo Verde Public Charter School.

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Chancellor Henderson's Anniversary
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Chancellor Henderson's Anniversary

A video marking the five year anniversary of leadership under chancellor Kaya Henderson. Produced for DC Public Schools.

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Our clients

E_Headshot_Deedee.jpgDeedee Parker Wright, Executive Director,
Jubilee JumpStart

“I would absolutely, in a heartbeat, with no reservations recommend MHP to anyone! Lindsay and Lance were responsive and attentive in the midst of a very tough time frame and produced a beautiful film we can use for years. We look forward to working together again!”

E_Headshot_Greg_Billing_cropped.jpgGreg Billing, Executive Director,
Washington Area Bicyclist Association

“I’m so pleased with the video Meridian Hill Pictures produced for WABA. It’s really incredible. The stories are so strong and truly help tell the narrative of this work.”

E_Headshot_Autumn_Orme.jpgAutumn Orme, Associate Director of Communications and Development,
Lutheran Social Services/National Capital Area

“We were completely satisfied with the video Meridian Hill Pictures produced for LSS/NCA. The crew was very flexible and spent the time to meet with staff to get to know our community. They really got to the heart of the organization and became a part of it to really understand what the video should be. They were also really fun and pleasant to work with, both on-site and through editing.”

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Sonya Robbins-Hoffmann, Manager, VSA Programs,
Education Division at the Kennedy Center

“MHP was wonderful to work with — responsive, intelligent, probing. Their work was professional, thorough, and aesthetically captivating. MHP are gifted filmmakers, with a very clear sense of how to tell a story so that an audience will be both draw-in and urged to action.” 


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.”

Brigitte WinterBrigitte Winter, Executive Director, 
Young Playwrights’ Theater

“MHP is an awesome documentary film company focused on creating films with social impact. They’re a mission-driven for-profit deeply invested in using media arts to empower communities.”

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