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Winter 2017 Blast

Read the Winter 2017 newsletter from Meridian Hill Pictures, including updates on THE MESSY TRUTH, CITY OF TREES encore broadcast on PBS/WORLD Channel's America ReFramed, and our new Community Screening Kit + Discussion Guide.    
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The Messy Truth   

The Messy Truth accepted in Seattle Web Fest

We are pleased to announce that our web-series The Messy Truth with Van Jones was accepted into the 2017 Seattle Web Fest.
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City of Trees   

CITY OF TREES rebroadcast on PBS/WORLD Jan. 17

CITY OF TREES will have its encore broadcast on PBS/WORLD Channel's America ReFramed on Tuesday, Jan. 17 in a lineup of films focused on the fights for income equality and racial justice.
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City of Trees   

Introducing the new CITY OF TREES discussion guide

We are pleased to formally release the new CITY OF TREES discussion guide this month. Written over the summer and fall by CITY OF TREES producer Lance Kramer and impact producer Angelica Das, the guide is an in-depth resource designed to help facilitators host screenings and dialogues that dive deeply into the film’s central themes.  Click here to learn how you can host a screening of CITY OF TREES and access the new discussion guide.
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City of Trees   Essays   

How We Learned to Tell Authentic Stories

In this extended interview, City of Trees and Meridian Hill Pictures artistic director Brandon Kramer speaks about the film's origins and the process of discovery the MHP team undertook to tell stories that authentically convey the experiences of their subjects. Originally posted on the Kartemquin Films Blog: "Director Brandon Kramer discusses City of Trees ahead of its Chicago Premiere at the KTQ Fall Festival Nov. 3" (October 2016).
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The Messy Truth   Press   

Messy Truth series viewed by millions during election

On November 3, Meridian Hill Pictures and Magic Labs Media launched a new Facebook-exclusive digital mini-series: THE MESSY TRUTH with Van Jones. Since launching the series, the episodes have had more than 4 million combined views on Van’s Facebook page and received national media attention on CNN.com, The New York Times, Sojourners, and The Huffington Post.
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City of Trees   Press   

Brandon Kramer Awarded Two-time Best Director for CITY OF TREES

Meridian Hill Pictures and Brandon Kramer had the distinct honor of being awarded Best Director for CITY OF TREES at the third annual IndieCapitol Awards and the ninth annual Chesapeake Film Festival.
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Essays   

Before My City Had Trees

These are my words and this is my journey. I am a third generation dancer. I live by a beat, and the beat keeps me moving. So walking into the opportunity to compete for a media assistant position was just another goal getting ready to get knocked down off my list.
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Youth Documentary Program   Press   

IN THE PATH OF MY FATHER selected to another West Coast festival

SoCal Clips Indie Film Fest has accepted IN THE PATH OF MY FATHER for its 2016 season! This year's festival takes place at The Historic Raleigh Studios in Hollywood, CA from August 12-14 and was voted one of the "Best Emerging Film Festivals in Los Angeles" by Film Fest Spot in 2015.   
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Essays   Youth Documentary Program   

NFFTY Recap: Reflections from a Teaching Artist

Even after the movie ends, there’s always another strikingly beautiful moment of watching the credits roll for a film you helped bring to life. It always hits me when I see the names of all the people — participants, students, families, teaching artists, and other film advisors —  who traveled together on that challenging, yet amazing journey in creating the film.  As a media teaching artist and documentary filmmaker, I am reminded with every new project that documentary filmmaking is not easy; you have to let go of control, be a team player, and be ready to adapt to change at any moment during the process. It’s both stimulating and exhausting. But it’s always a joy to see my young students create. My phenomenal film students from Sitar Arts Center fully embraced those challenges last Spring and came out with a powerful and heartwarming film about the importance of community support in the face of struggle: IN THE PATH OF MY FATHER.
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