Our mission

Storytellers

Storytellers on your side

Meridian Hill Pictures makes it possible for people 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.


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Our roots are 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. 

 

Our people

E_Lance_Headshot.jpgLance 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.

E_Brandon_Headshot.jpgBrandon Kramer, partner, artistic director

Brandon is an award-winning documentary filmmaker, media arts educator, and co-founder of DC-based production company Meridian Hill Pictures. A current DC Commission on the Arts & Humanities Fellow, Brandon is the director of the award-winning feature-length documentary CITY OF TREES (Full Frame Documentary Festival, America Reframed/PBS), and co-founder of the award-winning Youth Documentary Program. Since 2010, Brandon has produced over 20 short documentaries commissioned by nonprofits. Brandon holds a bachelor’s degree in film production and cultural anthropology from Boston University.

Michelle_Headshot.jpgMichelle 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.

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Lisa is a photographer and writer based in Washington, DC. She recently spent three years in Kyoto, Japan where she became an editorial assistant on Kyoto Journal, taught English to elementary and high school students and ate lots of ramen. Lisa interned at MHP in 2012 when CITY OF TREES was in the first stages of production and is excited to be back and working on outreach for the finished film. She holds a Bachelor's degree in communication and art history from Wake Forest University.  


Kenya Raymond, studio assistant, CECAP trainee

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Kenya grew up in the Petworth neighborhood of Washington, DC. She began her creative exploration after being introduced to the art of cecchetti ballet at 18-months old. As a performer, she gained knowledge of theatrical staging, lighting, sound, stage management, costume design and alteration, props and make-up artistry. Kenya is eager to expand her experience into documentary film and joined the new Creative Economy Career Access Program (CECAP) through the DC Office of Cable Television Film Music & Entertainment (OCTFME) in July 2016.


Lisa Fierstein, fall '16 intern

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Lisa Fierstein is a multimedia producer from Pittsburgh, PA. She graduated from Skidmore College in May 2016 with a bachelor’s degree in American Studies and a double minor in Media & Film and Arts Administration, for which she was granted the faculty award. She has interned at the Kennedy Center in Washington, DC and at NPR member stations in her hometown and Michigan as a music programmer and arts and culture reporter. Recently, her first short film screened at the Legacy Film Festival in San Francisco. Lisa is captivated by people’s stories and hopes to share them with others through radio and film. Her kinetic creative energy motivates her to become a leader in the arts.

Aisha_Jama.jpgAisha Jama, fall '16 intern

Aisha Jama hails from Ann Arbor, MI, and is a graduate of the University of Michigan where she majored in International Studies and Arabic. Jama’s time at U of M encouraged her to pursue a career in documentary filmmaking. She credits her coursework for allowing her to view global events with a contextualized lens and as a result, increasing her zeal to share nuanced stories. Jama interned with Frontline and most recently completed a news assistant program with the PBS NewsHour. During her time with Meridian Hill Pictures, Jama hopes to advance her understanding of day-day production needs while applying documentary ethics to all assignments. She is keen to gain valuable insight into the various stages of film production.

E_Ellie_Headshot.JPGEllie 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.

E_Nathaniel_Headshot.jpgNathaniel Pearlman, advisory board

Nathaniel is an experienced entrepreneur and the founder of NGP VAN, Graphicacy, and served as Chief Technology Officer for the Hillary Clinton for President campaign in 2007-8.

E_Angie_Headshot.jpgAngelica 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.

E_Joshua_Headshot.jpgJoshua 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: glick@hendrix.edu.

Professional affiliations

MHP/Sitar Youth Documentary Program

Life As A Collage (2011)
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Life As A Collage (2011)

Created by seven DC students about local art teacher Tim Gabel, Life as a Collage is a reflexive portrait of a dying artist, his philosophies on life, art and his impact on the community.

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Doing It For Me (2013)
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Doing It For Me (2013)

When two young women in the District of Columbia lose their way through the traditional school system, can their best friend help them get back on their feet again?

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In the Path of My Father (2015)
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In the Path of My Father (2015)

A deeply-personal story of two brothers growing up in DC without their father, and how relationships with their family, peers, community leaders and the arts have helped them cope and build new beginnings on their road to adulthood.

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