Our mission

Storytellers

Storytellers on your side

MHP works with a diversity of nonprofit, educational and business clients, building a culture of storytelling within organizations and increasing capacity to create and share authentic, compelling visual stories that drive impact. We always put our clients and community members first and hold ourselves accountable to measured results. Our work comprises excellence in storytelling craft, strategic thinking, and a deep embrace of documentary ethics. Through our independent films like CITY OF TREES and our Youth Documentary Program at Sitar Arts Center, we constantly research and test the latest approaches in storytelling and outreach, ensuring that our client work is informed by lessons-learned in the field. MHP is always evolving, as we pursue new ways to make documentary storytelling more inclusive and accessible to all.


D.C. roots

Our roots are deep in DC

MHP 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 team with 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. 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. Brandon has served as a reviewer for the President's Committee on the Arts & Humanities National Youth Program Awards, the highest honor in the country for after school youth arts programs, and is a current DC Commission on the Arts & Humanities Individual Arts Fellow. Brandon holds a Bachelor’s degree in Film Production and Cultural Anthropology from Boston University.

E_Lindsay_Headshot.JPGLindsay Davis, director of marketing & development

Lindsay combines her skills at creating organized systems with her interests in community development and filmmaking. Prior to joining MHP, Lindsay served two years in the Peace Corps in Senegal where she collaborated with small business owners and community members to develop a juice and jam business, national artisan network, and youth development camp. She also served as an economist at Bureau of Labor Statistics where she produced and analyzed employment estimates. Lindsay has a background in marketing and economics from DePaul University.

E_Aqiyla_Headshot.jpgAqiyla Thomas, facilitator

Aqiyla is a social worker, documentary filmmaker, and educator. Her work experience spans early childhood development research, youth-adult partnership programs in the US and Ghana, and youth performance and media arts engagement programs. She holds a bachelor’s degree in Psychology and a Master’s in Social Work from the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill. She received training in documentary arts from Duke’s Center for Documentary Studies and holds a graduate certification from George Washington University’s Documentary Filmmaking program.

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. 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 book on post-World War II documentary film and television in Los Angeles. Contact Joshua: glick@hendrix.edu

Professional affiliations

Independent Films

City Of Trees (2015)
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City Of Trees (2015)

The intimate story of the intersection of public stimulus and one community's fight for equal access to good jobs and safe parks in our nation's capital.

www.cityoftreesfilm.com

Project Sing (2017)
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Project Sing (2017)

An inspiring group of older people in DC’s Fort Lincoln neighborhood attempt to address the root causes of isolation amongst their peers.

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.

www.youthdocs.org/life_as_a_collage

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?

www.youthdocs.org/doing_it_for_me

Kramer & Sons (2016)
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Kramer & Sons (2016)

A personal search for identity and culture through the history of a century-old butcher shop in Northeast DC.

www.kramerandsons.com

Porchfest (2012)
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Porchfest (2012)

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Our team

The team at Meridian Hill Pictures

Our award-winning team of independent filmmakers, media educators, and digital strategists is passionate about bringing our storytelling expertise to your organization.

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Each season, Meridian Hill Pictures seeks enthusiastic individuals for our internship program. The internship program at Meridian Hill Pictures is a unique opportunity for emerging filmmakers, storytellers, and educators to build experience in producing and teaching documentary filmmaking, outreach, and engagement strategy. Self-motivated individuals with a strong entrepreneurial spirit interested in are encouraged to apply.
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