Brandon is an award-winning documentary filmmaker, educator and a co-founder of Meridian Hill Pictures. Brandon has focused his career and education on directing documentary films and teaching youth and adults how to create their own films. Brandon is director of the feature documentary in-production, Green Corps (working title), and co-director of the award-winning short documentaries Porchfest (2011) and Community Harvest (2010). Brandon served as executive producer and media teaching artist on the award-winning youth documentary Life as a Collage (screened at the 2011 AFI SchoolDocs and the San Francisco International Film Festival). Brandon co-designed MHP's Community Video Storytelling media education curriculum, a standards-based approach for teaching documentary filmmaking to diverse populations. Brandon has presented on Community Video Storytelling at the Media That Matters Conference, Yale University, AFI's Silverdocs, MHZ's ShortiCon and the Corps Network's Annual Conference. Brandon has served as a reviewer for the President's Committee on the Arts & Humanities National Youth Program Awards, the highest honor in the country for after school youth arts programs. Prior to forming MHP, Brandon taught documentary filmmaking to youth at ten middle schools across the country for the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts’ ‘On Location’ national tour. Brandon holds a Bachelors Degree in Film Production and Cultural Anthropology from Boston University.
Lance is a documentary filmmaker, educator, journalist and a co-founder of Meridian Hill Pictures. At MHP, Lance produces the studio’s documentary films and media education projects, spearheads development, social media, outreach and engagement strategy, and curates the PictureHouse pop-up public film screening series. Lance has participated in a variety of successful projects with emerging digital technologies, including the Mozilla/ITVS/BAVC LivingDocs ‘Hackathon’ project at Silverdocs 2012. In 2009, Lance helped lead a digital and grassroots outreach effort to screen the environmental documentary Hope in a Changing Climate in over 20 countries. As a journalist, Lance has written on news, music, film, arts and culture, for a variety of publications. Lance holds a Bachelors Degree in History from Dartmouth College. He is the author of Great Ancient China Projects You Can Build Yourself, a children’s book selected to the American Bookseller’s Association Fall 2008 Indie Next List. Lance serves as Board Chair of Docs In Progress, a 501(c)3 organization dedicated to building community through the power of documentary film. Lance has also served as a Humanities Council of Washington DC humanities scholar.
Media Teaching Artist
Saaret Yoseph is an inquisitive storyteller with a background in both cultural studies and new media. She is the director and producer of The Red Line D.C. Project, a transmedia documentary about public art, access and gentrification in the capital city. The project began in 2010, as her graduate thesis for Georgetown University's Communication, Culture & Technology program, and has since evolved into an independent, community-based film. A first-generation Ethiopian-American, Saaret is drawn to complicated or peripheral subjects and stories with cultural relevance. Before joining MHP, she designed and implemented a media education program for the Ethiopian Community Center, affording students with immigrant backgrounds an opportunity to create and experiment with digital narratives about their identities in America. Her work has been featured in the Washington Post, Washington City Paper, TheRoot.com and the Kojo Nnamdi Show. Whether discovering new cultures or exploring old subjects, Saaret sees storytelling as a conduit for engaging audiences and connecting worlds. See more at: redlinedc.wordpress.com.
A native of Birmingham, Alabama, Nicholas graduated summa cum laude from the University of Alabama at Birmingham in May 2013, with a degree in International Studies & Linguistics and Film studies. As an undergraduate, he began his documentary work through UAB’s Media Studies program and later studied with the Mohammed Bin Rashid School of Communications Digital Production and Storytelling program in Dubai on a William Jefferson Clinton Scholarship. Nick’s overarching goal is to publish stories that prompt the audience to ask for more, to self-educate. He has worked across the documentary genre from environmental exposé to Birmingham-rooted civil rights history. He is an advocate of endangered language rights and ultimately aims to tell the stories of speakers behind vanishing languages and cultures. Nicholas is excited to be immersed in the story and production of Project S.I.N.G. and hopes to enrich his own human connection through their stories of isolation and community outreach.
Filmmaker & Educator
Ellie Walton is a filmmaker and educator, dedicated to building and sharing intimate stories as transformational acts that reveal and inspire. Ellie’s feature length documentaries include: Chocolate City (2007), screened over 100 times across the world at festivals, universities, and theatres (including E st. Landmark) and broadcast internationally on The Community Channel, and locally on Greenbelt Access Television and Arlington Cable; Igual Que Tú (2009), screened nationally at universities, conferences and the Corcoran Gallery of Art. Ellie is a recipient of the 2011 Mayor’s Arts Award, the highest honor given to individual artists and organizations in Washington, DC. Her work has been recognized through funding from the Humanities Council of Washington, DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities and the National Endowment for the Arts.
Assistant Director and Editor
Jen Quintana has watched countless hours of raw footage — compiling, cutting and visualizing MHP's feature-length documentary Green Corps. With her roots beginning in the study of Philosophy, Jen has stretched herself toward where the water runs deepest — capturing the individual human story. While she has dipped her hands in all phases of film production, from research and planning, to working with the camera, and long hours in the edit suite, what she enjoys most is the collaborative process of weaving different threads of a story into one cohesive, moving visual tapestry. Jen has found in documentary the power to turn a conversation, a question, an idea, maybe even an epiphany, into a conduit that catalyzes and inspires others to see and become immersed in the layers of our own reality.