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, teachers, writers, urban planners, photographers, animators, production designers, drama therapists, and an ethnomusicologist.
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.
Adam Pogoff | Alex Mallis | Alexis Powell | Alison Brockhouse | Bryan Chang | Dara Messinger | Eric Phillips-Horst | Grayson Earle | Jay Sterrenberg | Jeff Sterrenberg | Karim Tabbaa | Raj Kottamasu | Sean Hanley | Tal Bar-Zemer | Tennessee Watson | Zara Serabian-Arthur
350.org | The Atlantic | BAM | City Lore | DCTV | Debra Granik | The Door | Eastern European Folklife Center | EmcArts | ESPN | Federation Co-op Credit Union | Grow NYC | International Contemporary Ensemble Make The Road New York | Mayors Against Gun Violence | New Day Films The New York Times | Nickelodeon | NYC Dept of Education | NYC Dept of Health | Participatory Budgeting Project | Penguin Books | Phoenix Theater Ensemble | Public Policy Lab | The Puppet Kitchen | Random House | Rockefeller | The Rubin Museum of Art | SF MoMA | Solidarity NYC | Tenement Museum | TIME | Timebanks NYC | Travelocity | University Settlement
Trailer for the new book by Elizabeth Gilbert
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.
Shot on location at The Puppet Kitchen using their original puppets and puppetry.