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, 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, 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 intern
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.
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: email@example.com