Our mission


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.


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.

lisa_allen.jpgLisa Allen, outreach coordinator

Lisa is a photographer and writer based in Washington, DC. She recently spent three years in Kyoto, Japan where she served as 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. 

Cindy Centeno, summer internCindyC.jpg

Cindy is a recent graduate from The College of William & Mary with a Bachelor's of Arts in Film & Media Studies. She recently had the opportunity to travel to the Eastern provinces of Cuba to conduct research on Cuban filmmakers and the Cuban film industry, while also assisting in the production of video projects and a documentary. Her passions include traveling, photography, and visual storytelling. She hopes to one day establish her own production company dedicated to telling and sharing stories of people, places and cultures through visual media. 


Aqiyla 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.


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.

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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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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