Lance Kramer, partner, executive producer
Lance is a co-founder of MHP and multi-disciplinary storyteller with a background in documentary filmmaking, education, journalism, and community organizing. A respected arts leader in the DC documentary community, Lance received the 2014 DC Mayor’s Arts Award
, has served two terms as Board Member of Docs in Progress, and is a current DC Commission on the Arts & Humanities Individual Arts Fellow. Lance holds a Bachelor's Degree in History from Dartmouth College.
Brandon Kramer, partner, artistic director
Brandon is an award-winning documentary filmmaker and co-founder of the DC-based production company Meridian Hill Pictures
. Brandon is the director of the award-winning feature documentary CITY OF TREES
(PBS' America Reframed, Netflix, Full Frame Documentary Film Festival) and director of the Webby Award-winning documentary series THE MESSY TRUTH WITH VAN JONES
, which was released on Van's Facebook page and CNN.com to over 4 million views. Since 2010, Brandon has directed and produced over 30 short documentaries
commissioned by government agencies and nonprofits including the AARP Foundation, the US Institute of Peace and the International Baccalaureate.
Michelle Aguilar, director of production
Originally from South Lake Tahoe, Michelle has produced numerous non-fiction multimedia projects in cultures and communities across the world. Michelle served as a Peace Corps volunteer in a rural indigenous community in Panama where she later returned to produce her most recent short film, El Cacao
. Michelle's work has screened at numerous nationally-acclaimed film festivals, won awards at the Social Justice Film Festival and the DC Environmental Film Festival and was nominated for an IDA award in 2015. Michelle holds a Bachelor's in Business from Cal Poly, SLO and a Masters Degree in Social Documentation from UC Santa Cruz.
Lisa Allen, director of outreach
Lisa is a photographer and writer based in Washington, DC. Previously she lived in Kyoto, Japan where she was Assistant Editor and Publicity Strategist at Kyoto Journal, an independent, quarterly magazine presenting insights from Kyoto, Japan and Asia. She also taught English to high school and elementary school students. Her writing and photographs have been published in Kyoto Journal, ZenVita and Real Kyoto. Lisa interned at MHP in 2012 when CITY OF TREES was in the early stages of production and is now working on outreach and distribution for the finished film. She holds a BA in Communication/Media Studies and Art History from Wake Forest University. See more of her photos on Instagram @reesasan.
James Tedrow, production intern
James graduated from the University of Pittsburgh in 2012 with majors in Political Science, History, and Social Work. It was through activism and grassroots organizing that James developed a passion for documentary filmmaking. He believes that it is the most powerful and effective way to tell the stories of those most affected by today’s political and social realities. James has completed a few documentary projects including FINALLY FREE, TERRELL JOHNSON, which tells the story of a Pittsburgh man who spent 17 years in prison for a crime he didn’t commit. James has also worked at an anti-hunger nonprofit helping people apply for SNAP (food stamp) benefits and advocating for other anti-poverty policies. He is very excited for the opportunity to learn from the amazing team at Meridian Hill Pictures.
Sarah Diamond, outreach & development intern
Originally from Sonoma County by way of New Delhi India, Sarah moved to DC in 2013 to attend American University. After 2.5years at AU and 1 year spent studying at the London School of Economics, Sarah holds a BSBA in Business Administration with a minor in International Studies. Living in Accra, Ghana in High School sparked Sarah’s passion for Storytelling and she has since worked for NPR and PBS, fundraising and creating philanthropic partnerships. Sarah is excited to bring her outreach and development knowledge to MHP and hopes to contribute to the growing conversation around perspective and equality in documentary filmmaking.
Ellie Walton, director, facilitator
Ellie is an award-winning documentary filmmaker, director, and MHP facilitator. A DC native, Ellie has directed and produced films in and about the DC community, using storytelling to foster community connection and understanding. She is the director and producer of the films Igual Que Tu (2009), Walk with Me (2012), and Fly by Light (2014). Highly respected in the DC arts community, Ellie was the 2011 recipient of the DC Mayor’s Arts Award. Ellie holds a Masters degree in Social Anthropology from the the University of Edinburgh and a Masters in Screen Documentary from the University of London.
Nathaniel Pearlman, advisory board
Nathaniel is an experienced entrepreneur and the founder of NGP VAN
, and served as Chief Technology Officer for the Hillary Clinton for President campaign in 2007-8.
Angelica Das, advisory board
Angelica specializes in strategy for social impact documentary with over a decade of experience in non-profit communication and management. She was previously associate director at the Center for Media & Social Impact, running content production and events on empowering media that matters. Angelica is an impact producer, presenter, writer and public media advocate. She regularly serves on film juries and committees including the DC Commission on Arts and Humanities, AFI DOCS and the Indie Caucus.
Joshua Glick, PhD, advisory board
Joshua Glick is Assistant Professor of English and Film Studies at Hendrix College. He holds a PhD from Yale University in Film and Media Studies and American Studies. His research, teaching, and programming focus on documentary film, television and web-based media. Joshua has designed such courses as “Film and American History,” “Digital Documentary in the Age of the Internet,” and “Modern Media Transitions.” His articles have appeared in the scholarly publications The Moving Image
and Film History.
In addition to collaborating with museums and arts organizations on public humanities projects, Joshua is currently completing a manuscript on documentary film and television in Los Angeles, 1958-1977. The book is under contract with the University of California Press. Contact Joshua: firstname.lastname@example.org