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Our friends at The Documentary Center at GWU are now accepting applications for their graduate certificate program – The...
10/07/2019
Study | GW Documentary Center | The George Washington University

Our friends at The Documentary Center at GWU are now accepting applications for their graduate certificate program – The Institute for Documentary Filmmaking. For 30 years, the Institute has been launching the careers of non-fiction filmmakers. Apply by November 1st to join the 2020 class. go.gwu.edu/gwdocinstitute

Our friend Heather Courtney is screening her new film The Unafraid Documentary on Capitol Hill tomorrow. Catch this free...
09/09/2019
'The Unafraid': Advance Film Screening, Reception & Panel

Our friend Heather Courtney is screening her new film The Unafraid Documentary on Capitol Hill tomorrow. Catch this free screening before the film premieres on PBS this fall!

Facing an Uncertain Future, Three Youth Fight for the Right to a Higher Education

Rest in peace #DAPennebaker. Thank you for your brilliant films, inspiration and legacy. And much gratitude to the Full ...
08/07/2019

Rest in peace #DAPennebaker. Thank you for your brilliant films, inspiration and legacy. And much gratitude to the Full Frame Documentary Film Festival for creating spaces and unforgettable opportunities for young filmmakers like us to meaningfully connect with legendary masters like Penny.

Major congratulations to our friends Eddie Martinez and Beth Levison and everyone at WORLD Channel/America ReFramed on t...
08/06/2019
Personal Statement

Major congratulations to our friends Eddie Martinez and Beth Levison and everyone at WORLD Channel/America ReFramed on the Emmy nomination for their film Personal Statement!

Three H.S. teens from Brooklyn fight to defy the odds for themselves and their classmates.

Meet our development + post-production intern Rylie Smedley: Rylie is a Junior at Columbia College Chicago studying Film...
07/10/2019

Meet our development + post-production intern Rylie Smedley: Rylie is a Junior at Columbia College Chicago studying Film and Interdisciplinary Documentary. She is a peer tutor in writing and screenwriting and is the Captain of the Quidditch team at Columbia. She has worked as crew on a number of short films at Columbia. Rylie is passionate about storytelling and helping others through film and volunteering.

Meet our post-production intern Alexzander Cole Karlin: Alexzander (he/they) is a student filmmaker entering senior year...
07/10/2019

Meet our post-production intern Alexzander Cole Karlin: Alexzander (he/they) is a student filmmaker entering senior year at Purchase College, SUNY in New York, where he is currently the residing president of the school's student film board. In the future he looks to be able to create documentaries focusing around people that have something to teach the world, mostly focusing on different explorations of how one can express their gender identity. But until then, Zander can be easily satisfied by having a friendly and pet-able dog in close proximity.

Adrian Kidaman is an aspiring filmmaker and current freelance photographer from Nairobi, Kenya. A graduate of the Univer...
07/10/2019

Adrian Kidaman is an aspiring filmmaker and current freelance photographer from Nairobi, Kenya. A graduate of the University of the District of Columbia with a Bachelors in TV and film production, Adrian has previously worked as a staff photographer for the SNAP - Ed Program and is currently involved with Guerrilla FC a creative collective as a contributor. Adrian is interested in the power of storytelling and its ability to inspire change and wants to be able to tell stories about Sub-saharan Africa. He is a big soccer lover and is always experimenting creatively on how to use his love for the game to make a better change in the world.

We are thrilled for our dear friend Ellie Walton and the digital release of her brilliant new film Brave Girls. Pre-orde...
06/03/2019
Brave Girls

We are thrilled for our dear friend Ellie Walton and the digital release of her brilliant new film Brave Girls. Pre-order your copy NOW and download TOMORROW!

For Karishma, Apsana and Samira, going back to school to complete their secondary education represented a seismic shift in worldview and a reappraisal of what their lives could become. But as final exams approached, their families began preparations for their weddings. Immediately, they were forc...

TONIGHT: see Charm City by our friends Marilyn Ness and Katy Chevigny at Big Mouth Productions. ONLY on Independent Lens...
04/22/2019
CHARM CITY Comes to PBS April 22

TONIGHT: see Charm City by our friends Marilyn Ness and Katy Chevigny at Big Mouth Productions. ONLY on Independent Lens | PBS!

Every day, in every neighborhood, there are unsung heroes who lead with love. Their stories are rarely told. Meet a few who shine bright against the corrosive forces they are up against.

We're humbled (and thrilled!) to receive the 2019 Sitar Arts Center Visionary Award! Our partnership and work with the y...
04/16/2019

We're humbled (and thrilled!) to receive the 2019 Sitar Arts Center Visionary Award!

Our partnership and work with the young people in the Sitar community has been rewarding beyond compare. The films created through the program — LIFE AS A COLLAGE, DOING IT FOR ME, IN THE PATH OF MY FATHER, I AM WE ARE — are powerful, personal works of art that continue to move and inspire us.

Grateful to have the chance to make films and teach and explore together. Look forward to #SeasonsOfSitar next week!

In Case You Missed It - Sitar Arts Center will honor Meridian Hill Pictures with our 2019 Visionary Award!

Presented at Sitar's 2019 #SeasonsOfSitar Gala, the Visionary Award celebrates the remarkable contributions of arts leaders whose commitment and support has been transformational for Sitar's community and beyond. The Youth Documentary Program at Sitar, taught in partnership with Meridian Hill Pictures, offers young people the unique opportunity to find their creative voice and build vital leadership skills through documentary filmmaking.

Major congrats to our dear friend Eddie Martinez on his selection to the 2019 Rockwood JustFilms Fellows cohort. Eddie i...
04/11/2019
Announcing the 2019 Rockwood JustFilms Fellows

Major congrats to our dear friend Eddie Martinez on his selection to the 2019 Rockwood JustFilms Fellows cohort. Eddie is one of the most brilliant minds working in film and has one of the biggest hearts on the planet. We are thrilled for him to advance his work through this incredible program amongst such excellent company.

Rockwood is proud to announce the 2019 cohort of the Rockwood JustFilms Fellowship! This fellowship brings together 12 leaders working at the intersection of storytelling, film, and social change to learn powerful skills that will shift their capacity for leadership and collaboration. This cohort re...

DC film friends: we're looking for a solid Avid-trained assistant editor to help migrate a project from Premiere to Avid...
03/22/2019
Avid Assistant Editor

DC film friends: we're looking for a solid Avid-trained assistant editor to help migrate a project from Premiere to Avid immediately. If you know anyone, please send them our way!

Documentary storytellers committed to ethics, artistry and truth

We've been lucky to have Rhett Zillinger with us as an intern this semester. Rhett attended West Virginia University. He...
02/21/2019

We've been lucky to have Rhett Zillinger with us as an intern this semester. Rhett attended West Virginia University. He has a BA in International Relations and worked as an editor for the University's newspaper and literary magazine. He also studied International Business at the EM Strasbourg Business School in Strasbourg, France, where he began shooting photography and video projects. Recently, he's worked as a Media Affairs Intern at the Smithsonian on the 50th Annual Smithsonian Folklife Festival celebrating the Circus Arts. He also works as a Video Producer for Weave: The Social Fabric Project at The Aspen Institute, where he's helping tell stories of community builders all around the country. Rhett is passionate about exploring and telling stories of community, social change, and personal narratives through visual arts and film.

Next week on WORLD Channel/America ReFramed, check out PYNE POYNT, a film edited by our friend and collaborator Dan Fipp...
01/17/2019
Pyne Poynt

Next week on WORLD Channel/America ReFramed, check out PYNE POYNT, a film edited by our friend and collaborator Dan Fipphen. WATCH this powerful story about the effort to reclaim Pyne Poynt Park as a safe space for little league teams and the community.

A Camden, NJ resident leads a charge to reclaim Pyne Poynt Park for the community's youth.

We are proud to stand behind the Documentary Producers Alliance new "Guide to Best Practices in Documentary Crediting." ...
01/15/2019
Documentary Producers Group Takes On “Fairness Issue” In Film Crediting With New Guidelines

We are proud to stand behind the Documentary Producers Alliance new "Guide to Best Practices in Documentary Crediting." With the support of over 100 documentary producers, and 24 organizations, the crediting guide is an effort to facilitate transparency and inclusion in the documentary industry. We've been honored to be a part of the DPA and work alongside the incredible filmmakers who made this possible. #DPACreditingGuide #ProducersUnited

The process of assigning credits on documentary films has turned into a “free for all,” according to a group of top doc producers who hope to bring order to an unruly situation. The Documentary Pro…

10/29/2018
Brave Girls Official Trailer

Our dear friend and close collaborator Ellie Walton premieres her extraordinary new film Brave Girls on Nov. 15 at DOC NYC! WATCH the trailer and BUY your tickets before they run out: http://www.docnyc.net/film/brave-girls/

For Karishma, Apsana and Samira, going to school to complete their secondary education represented a seismic shift in worldview and a radical reappraisal of what…

10/26/2018
Kartemquin Films

Applications close in a few days for Kartemquin Films' exceptional Diverse Voices in Docs program.

Applications for the 2019 Diverse Voices in Docs (#DVID) fellowship, organized by Kartemquin Films and the Community Film Workshop of Chicago close NOVEMBER 1!

A professional mentorship and development program for Midwestern documentary makers of color, over 80 graduates of the program have developed documentary features, shorts, and series within the fellowship.

APPLY: kartemquin.com/diversevoices

TONIGHT on America ReFramed at 8/7c: Personal Statement follows three inspirational teens in Brooklyn who take it upon t...
10/23/2018
Personal Statement | Series 6 | Mi Historia, Mi Futuro | America ReFramed

TONIGHT on America ReFramed at 8/7c: Personal Statement follows three inspirational teens in Brooklyn who take it upon themselves to make a difference by becoming peer college counselors in their schools. They are high school seniors who are fighting to defy the odds not only for themselves but for every single one of their classmates. They have decided to become the very resource they don’t have themselves.

In the heart of Brooklyn, New York, Karoline Jimenez, Christine Rodriguez and Enoch Jemmott aspire to become the first generation in their families to attend and graduate college. But, like so many public school students throughout the country, their under-resourced schools don’t have enough college guidance support. That is why Karoline, Christine and Enoch have decided to do their part to close the college guidance gap. Personal Statement is an observational film that follows them through their senior year as they struggle to get themselves and their peers to college. The film’s narrative weaves their individual struggles, family life and their respective college application and admission processes.

Follow three H.S. seniors from Brooklyn intent on defying the odds for themselves and their classmates by becoming the very resource they don't have for themselves: peer college counselors. _Personal Statement​_ weaves together their individual struggles, family life, and highs and lows of their r...

Personal Statement introduces us to three high school seniors from Brooklyn, Karoline Jimenez, Christine Rodriguez and E...
10/18/2018
Personal Statement | Series 6 | Mi Historia, Mi Futuro | America ReFramed

Personal Statement introduces us to three high school seniors from Brooklyn, Karoline Jimenez, Christine Rodriguez and Enoch Jemmott, intent on defying the odds for themselves and their classmates by becoming the very resource they don't have for themselves: peer college counselors. Following them through their senior year, the film focuses on their college application process and work as college counselors in their high schools. While these three students dream big, the workload of their senior year and their family struggles all take a toll on their journey.

Watch this beautiful film from our dear friend Eddie Martinez premiere on America ReFramed Oct. 23!

Follow three H.S. seniors from Brooklyn intent on defying the odds for themselves and their classmates by becoming the very resource they don't have for themselves: peer college counselors. _Personal Statement​_ weaves together their individual struggles, family life, and highs and lows of their r...

Lance will be participating in a Docs In Progress workshop on Oct. 30 on budgeting for documentaries. In the workshop, w...
10/05/2018
Getting Started: Budgeting For Documentaries (IE1-1290)

Lance will be participating in a Docs In Progress workshop on Oct. 30 on budgeting for documentaries. In the workshop, we will lead a live case study of the City of Trees Film budget. Sign-up in advance before space fills up!

A budget is an important planning tool for documentary films. It is also a necessity if you are planning to fundraise for your film. Far from numbers alone, the budget is another way of telling the story of your film.  In the first part of this session, we will go over the elements which make u...

Our friend Pulkit Datta has a new film in the Meet the Press! Check out DO WE BELONG? next Monday, Oct. 8 at Landmark's ...
10/04/2018
Meet the Press Film Festival

Our friend Pulkit Datta has a new film in the Meet the Press! Check out DO WE BELONG? next Monday, Oct. 8 at Landmark's Atlantic Plumbing Cinema at 9pm along with the other shorts in the festival.

Monday, October 8, 2018

Our friend Pulkit Datta has a new film in the Meet the Press Film Festival! Check out DO WE BELONG? next Monday, Oct. 8 ...
10/04/2018
Meet the Press Film Festival

Our friend Pulkit Datta has a new film in the Meet the Press Film Festival! Check out DO WE BELONG? next Monday, Oct. 8 at Landmark's Atlantic Plumbing Cinema at 9pm along with the other shorts in the festival.

Monday, October 8, 2018

08/24/2018
City of Trees Film

City of Trees Film streams for FREE this week on the PBS app. WATCH + SHARE the movie Van Jones calls "honest, real, exploring the messy truths embedded in all fights for environmental + social justice."

https://www.pbs.org/video/america-reframed-city-trees/

Our award-winning documentary City of Trees Film​ is NOW AVAILABLE on Netflix​, iTunes, Amazon Video. Stream the movie Van Jones​ calls "honest, real, exploring the messy truths embedded in all fights for environmental and social justice."

Our film City of Trees Film is NOW STREAMING for FREE on the PBS app for the next week. Watch this story about Washingto...
08/24/2018
City of Trees | America Reframed

Our film City of Trees Film is NOW STREAMING for FREE on the PBS app for the next week. Watch this story about Washington Parks DC Green Corps and the fight for environmental and economic justice in our cities, especially for people trying to reenter the workforce. The story may be a few years old, but it still feels as relevant as ever. Much gratitude to WORLD Channel and America ReFramed for continuing to share this story with public television audiences.

A story about the struggle to achieve change during the worst recession in a generation.

In honor of tonight's encore broadcast of City of Trees Film on PBS/WORLD Channel's America ReFramed, we asked Washingto...
08/21/2018
Green Corps: a growing story

In honor of tonight's encore broadcast of City of Trees Film on PBS/WORLD Channel's America ReFramed, we asked Washington Parks to share reflections and updates on the #DCGreenCorps today. READ the new piece on the City of Trees website, then TUNE-IN to watch the film! Starts in a few min!

In honor of the encore broadcast of CITY OF TREES tonight (August 21, 2018) on PBS/WORLD Channel's America ReFramed, we asked Washington Parks & People to reflect on the film and share current updates on the DC Green Corps.

MHP's first feature-length documentary City of Trees Film will have an encore broadcast on PBS/WORLD Channel's America R...
08/08/2018

MHP's first feature-length documentary City of Trees Film will have an encore broadcast on PBS/WORLD Channel's America ReFramed on Tuesday, 8/21 at 8/7c, followed by a week of streaming on the PBS app. Mark your calendars!

We are thrilled to announce City of Trees Film will have an encore broadcast on WORLD Channel's America ReFramed on 8/21 at 8/7c. Then streaming on the PBS app 8/22-8/28! Mark your calendar!!!

On August 26, our friends at Kartemquin Films will premiere their incredible new landmark series AMERICA TO ME on STARZ....
07/10/2018
America to Me | Official Trailer | STARZ

On August 26, our friends at Kartemquin Films will premiere their incredible new landmark series AMERICA TO ME on STARZ. This is not to be missed. Mark your calendars!

Can a Chicago area high school change the conversation about race? From Academy Award nominated director Steve James comes America to Me. Premieres August 26...

NOW STREAMING: the Peabody Award-winning film DeejMovie by local filmmaker Robert Rooy on PBS/WORLD Channel's series Ame...
06/21/2018
Deej | Series 5 | American Graduate | America ReFramed

NOW STREAMING: the Peabody Award-winning film DeejMovie by local filmmaker Robert Rooy on PBS/WORLD Channel's series America ReFramed! Watch this moving and complex story about DJ (“Deej”) Savarese, a gifted, young writer and advocate for non-speaking autistics. He is also the commentator and co-producer of this Peabody Award-winning film. Once a “profoundly disabled” foster kid on the fast track to nowhere, Deej is now a first-year college student who insists on standing up for his peers: people who are dismissed as incompetent because they are neurologically diverse.

The story of DJ Savarese, a gifted young writer and advocate for nonspeaking autistics. Once a “profoundly disabled” foster kid, he is now a first-year college student who insists on standing up for his peers: people dismissed as incompetent because they are neurologically diverse. Will DJ be ab...

06/20/2018
AFI Docs

All filmmakers in DC should watch this. Our friends Erica Ginsberg (of Docs In Progress) and Kathryn Washington led an excellent town hall discussion last week at AFI Docs on the state of documentary filmmaking in the DC Metro area. Appreciate their leadership on this and hope to see the conversation and action continue moving forward.

Documentary Capital: A Town Hall Meeting on the State of Documentary Filmmaking in DC & Beyond

See This is Home, the new film from our friend Lindsey Megrue at Landmark's E Street Cinema this Tuesday, June 19. The e...
06/16/2018
This Is Home | International Rescue Committee Fundraising Event

See This is Home, the new film from our friend Lindsey Megrue at Landmark's E Street Cinema this Tuesday, June 19. The event is a fundraiser for the International Rescue Committee and there will be Syrian food provided for all guests! RSVP today!

EPIX and the International Rescue Committee Invite you to a fundraising event in support of the International Rescue Commitee in celebration of World Refugee Day 2018 featuring the film THIS IS HOME The screening will be followed by a panel discussion, reception, and a chance to learn more and suppo...

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Meridian Hill Pictures was founded in 2010 by a dedicated crew of filmmakers and educators interested in leveraging the power of documentary film to create social change. Meridian Hill Pictures is a fully licensed and insured limited liability company proudly doing business in the District of Columbia.

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Monday 09:30 - 17:30
Tuesday 09:30 - 17:30
Wednesday 09:30 - 17:30
Thursday 09:30 - 17:30
Friday 09:30 - 17:30

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