Independent Documentaries

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Original docs

MHP produces original documentaries and partners with nonprofits, foundations and broadcasters on co-productions. We leverage our expertise in people-centered documentary storytelling, capturing intimate personal stories that connect to broader issues and context. Our understanding of the complicated funding and distribution landscape helps ensure complex stories are brought from idea to screen and broad distribution. Our latest feature-length film, CITY OF TREES, was an official selection at the Full Frame Documentary Film Festival, St. Louis International Film Festival, DC/Yale/Princeton Environmental Film Festivals, Annapolis Film Festival, and was broadcast on PBS' Emmy-nominated series America ReFramed.

 


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We regularly assist out-of-town documentary producers with production support when filming in the District. Building on our deep relationships with DC communities and experience collaborating with neighborhood groups, nonprofits, schools, and city agencies, we can research characters and storylines, advise on production logistics, produce individual shoots, ingest media, and provide a temporary local production office hub. Most recently, through a collaboration with Chicago-based Kartemquin Films, we served as field producers for the DC Metro-area storyline for HARD EARNED, a landmark six-part series on Al Jazeera America following families living on low wage incomes.

Portfolio: Independent Documentaries

The Messy Truth
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The Messy Truth

Digital mini-series. We need to start talking to each other, not just about each other. Co-produced with Van Jones' production company Magic Labs Media.

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City of Trees
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City of Trees

Feature-length film. A complex tale of social justice, urban forestry and community politics. Broadcast on the PBS series America ReFramed, produced in association with Kartemquin Films and Magic Labs Media.

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Project SING
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Project SING

Feature-length film (in production). An inspiring group of older people in DC’s Fort Lincoln neighborhood attempt to address the root causes of isolation amongst their peers.

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Kramer & Sons
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Kramer & Sons

Short film (in production). A story about one small, independent DC butcher shop and an immigrant family’s journey to establish respect, dignity, and community.

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Voices from Within
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Voices from Within

Feature-length film. A participatory film made with five residents of Saint Elizabeths psychiatric hospital. Co-produced with Video Diary Productions.

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Fly By Light
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Fly By Light

Feature-length film. A story about urban teens confronting the entrenched abuse, violence and neglect cycles of their past through an outdoor peace education program. Produced by One Common Unity.

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Hard Earned
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Hard Earned

6-part broadcast series. A series about getting by on minimum wage in America. Produced by Kartemquin Films for Al Jazeera America.

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Porchfest
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Porchfest

Short film. One neighborhood in NW DC comes together to create a unique street fair and transform the street's row house porches into community showcases of food, art, music and culture.

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Community Harvest
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Community Harvest

Short film. A celebration of the natural and cultural harvests of our community, documenting the dramatic transformation of a forgotten vacant urban alley into a public garden and collaborative green space.

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