MHP Gives Keynote at ShortieCon

Meridian Hill Pictures presented the keynote address at the 1st Annual ShortieCon Youth Media Conference on June 4, 2011.  MHP founders Brandon and Lance Kramer spoke alongside our students Forrest Penrod (from the Sitar Arts Center), Charles Holcomb (from the Washington Parks & People Green Corps) and Karen Loeschner, MHP’s curriculum specialist.


The Shortie International Film & News Festival is celebrating its tenth year by introducing ShortieCon: a new student and teacher workshop on youth media.

Meridian Hill Pictures delivered a presentation on “Giving Voice to People: New Access and Power in Community Video Storytelling,” addressing the process of empowering a community to tell a story that expresses the collective voice and needs of that community.

At the presentation, student filmmakers from the Meridian Hill Pictures-Sitar Arts Center documentary filmmaking class premiered the trailer to their new film. The documentary tells the story of Tim Gabel, a longtime Sitar Arts Center volunteer teacher of landscape painting and mosaic classes. Tim died of cancer in March 2011, while the students were in production on the film. The presentation also included the screening of a short film produced by the Washington Parks & People Green Corps trainees about how urban greening and parks have impacted public health in far Northeast Washington, DC.

The conference and the film festival brought together filmmakers, educators and students for a weekend to share innovative approaches, best practices and ongoing needs for youth media nationwide.

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