Our mission


Ethics, artistry and truth

We are a team of documentary storytellers dedicated to ethics, artistry and truth. Through independent films, commissioned shorts, and participatory trainings, we make it possible to share authentic and compelling stories through the power of documentary. Meridian Hill Pictures' independent documentary films like CITY OF TREES have been broadcast nationally on PBS and played at renowned festivals including Full Frame Documentary Film Festival, St. Louis International Film Festival and the Yale, Princeton and DC Environmental Film Festivals. MHP has produced award-winning commissioned short-form documentaries and facilitated video storytelling trainings with dozens of non-profit, educational and public partners. MHP produces work that demonstrates excellence in storytelling craft, establishes trust with participants and partners, strategic thinking, and a deep embrace of documentary ethics. MHP’s work raises awareness of pressing social issues, democratizes the medium, builds people’s storytelling capacity, and strategically shares under-represented community perspectives with broad audiences. In 2014, MHP received the DC Mayor's Arts Award, the highest honor given to working artists in the District of Columbia.


Our roots run deep in DC

Meridian Hill Pictures was started by brothers Brandon and Lance Kramer in 2010 out of the basement of Lance’s home on Hobart Street NW in Mount Pleasant. With inspiration from the Kramer family’s long tradition of entrepreneurship in the DC area, we formed a passionate and innovative team with a combined background in documentary filmmaking, education, digital strategy and community organizing, to create a new kind of production company with strong roots and relationships in the community. Since 2010 we have ardently advanced opportunities to make honest, people-centered storytelling more accessible, including our award-winning Youth Documentary Program run in partnership with Sitar Arts Center. Our current studio in the Josephine Butler Parks Center is a creative home and hub for our trainings, independent productions, and community events we regularly host with our partners.  

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