We are an arts collective and co-operatively run production company, committed to making artful and thought-provoking films through a non-hierarchical collaborative process. We produce both independent and commissioned work, ranging from documentary features and music videos, to web videos for publishers, universities, news magazines and non-profits. In all our work, we emphasize narrative storytelling, visual craft, and a dedication to the highest production value.
Inspired by the communal nature of meerkats, we value shared authorship and consensus process in our day-to-day operations as well as in our artistic endeavors. Under a cooperative model, our members give creative and administrative time to the collective in exchange for material and non-material support. We share skills, equipment and ideas with a firm belief that a healthy, inclusive process is as important as crafting quality work.
We cherish diverse opinions and backgrounds in the running of the collective and through our projects. Our interdisciplinary ranks include filmmakers, musicians, teachers, writers, still photographers, animators, production designers, drama therapists, and puppeteers.
Meerkats are dedicated not only to our internal community but to the community around us, striving to provide a working model of collective creativity that inspires, encourages, and motivates others to tell their own stories.
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Half a million people converge on a tiny Serbian village for the world’s largest trumpet festival.
A landmark building. A groundbreaking museum.
Short documentary on Hurricane Sandy relief efforts by local Occupy groups.
We were asked to create a piece for a one shot film event by acclaimed video artist Lynne Sachs and this is the result! “Flotsam” is a one shot film taken at the beachfront at Brooklyn’s Dead Horse Bay, a former industrial site and now the final watery resting spot for decades of human refuse. […]
A look into the “HOW” of the Occupy Wall Street movement: the consensus process.
A 12 minute commissioned film made with “City Lore” highlighting arts education in NYC.
Meerkat Media’s first award winning first feature documentary about aging, coming of age, and the transformative power of theater.
Shot on location at The Puppet Kitchen using their original puppets and puppetry.
A quick introduction to an inspiring form of participatory democracy taking root across America.