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About Meerkat Media Collective

Meerkat Media Collective is an artistic community that shares resources and skills to incubate individual and shared creative work. We are committed to a collaborative, consensus-based process that values diverse experience and expertise. We support the creation of thoughtful and provocative stories that reflect a complex world.

Our work has been broadcast on HBO, PBS, and many other networks, and screened at festivals worldwide, including Sundance, Tribeca, Rotterdam and CPH:Dox.

Founded as an informal arts collective in 2005 we have grown to include a cooperatively-owned production company and a collective of artists in residence.


Meerkats in Residence are a dedicated group of independent artists that are actively working on projects (individually or collaboratively) and are supported by the collective resources, based in our work space in Sunset Park, Brooklyn. Residents provide mutual aid for one another’s projects and artistic development, receive a monetary stipend determined through an annual budgeting process, have access to production and post-production equipment, and attend an annual creative retreat.

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Cooperatively-Owned Production Company

The Meerkat Media Worker Cooperative is a democratically run production company that produces artful and impactful films with an emphasis on narrative storytelling, visual craft, and a dedication to the highest production value.

Our commissioned projects range from documentary features to web videos for foundations, news magazines, publishers and non-profits. We value a deeply collaborative relationship with our clients, and work hard to produce the most useful, powerful and professional films possible within the available timeline and budget. 

As a cooperative, we value democracy, cooperation, and equity in all we do, and seek to break down traditional power structures in our industry. We are proud members of the New York Network of Worker Cooperatives,  the Cooperative Economics Alliance of NYC and the U.S. Federation of Worker Cooperatives and strive to follow the cooperative principles.


Bryan Chang

Bryan Chang is a documentary film director, cinematographer, and editor whose films have been featured by The New York Times, National Geographic, TIME Magazine, The Atlantic, and MoMA, screened at Sundance Film Festival, and distributed theatrically. His feature-length documentaries include BRASSLANDS (director), NARCO CULTURA (editor), DARK MONEY (editor) and ISLAND SOLDIER (producer/editor). He edited on the Emmy-nominated documentary series A YEAR IN SPACE, and his work on two TIME Magazine documentary shorts AMNESIA AND A CAMERA and BREACH OF FAITH won first place awards from Pictures of the Year International and the PDN Photo Annual. He is a co-owner of Meerkat Media, a cooperatively-run production company specializing in both independent feature documentaries and commissioned work, that have broadcast on HBO, PBS and CNN.


Brasslands – Feature Documentary (Director)
Island Soldier – Feature Documentary (Producer, Shooter, Editor)
Narco Cultura – Feature Documentary (Editor)
A Year in Space – TIME Magazine – Trailer & Episode 1 (Editor)
Jeffrey’s Difficult Move – The New York Times – Short Documentary (Producer, Editor)
The Couch Incident – Music Video (Director)
The New Che of Havana – Short Documentary (Director)

    Vicky Du

    Vicky is a Taiwanese-American filmmaker based in New York City. Her short film Gaysians was selected for Outfest, Hong Kong Lesbian & Gay Film Festival, Los Angeles Asian Pacific Film Festival and was distributed by Frameline. She is currently in production on a feature documentary on Chinese diaspora. Vicky has directed, produced and edited content for National Geographic, The History Channel, The New Yorker, TED and The North Face. She is also a member of Brooklyn Filmmakers Collective and Diverse Filmmakers Alliance and has a BA in Biological Anthropology from Columbia University.


    Featured Projects:
    The Leading Strand


      Sarah Friedland

      Sarah Friedland received her BA from Sarah Lawrence College and the International School of Film and Television in Cuba and her MFA from the Integrated Media Art Program at Hunter College. Her documentary films and installations are concerned with personal stories that reveal larger histories and intricacies about place and society. Friedland’s works with Esy Casey have screened widely in the US and abroad and have been supported by grants from the Jerome Foundation, the Paul Newman Foundation, the William H. Prusoff Foundation, The Princess Grace Foundation, the Ford Foundation, and the Center for Asian American Media. In 2009, after the debut of her feature documentary Thing With No Name, she was named one of the “Top 10 Independent Filmmakers to Watch” by the Independent Magazine. She is a recipient of the 2014 Paul Robeson award from the Newark Museum and the Newark Black Film Festival for her feature documentary and video installation The Rink (directed by Sarah Friedland and produced by Ryan Joseph and Sarah Friedland), which aired on PBS (WNET/NJTV) in fall 2016. Her recent documentary Jeepney (directed by Esy Casey produced by Esy Casey and Sarah Friedland) was broadcast on PBS World Channel in 2015. She has received residencies and fellowships from the Center of Contemporary Art in Pont- Aven, the LABA House of Study, the MacDowell Colony, the Palestinian American Research Center and Meerkat Media. Friedland is currently an Assistant Professor at Wagner College and the Director of their Filmand Media Studies Major.Friedland is currently working on two projects, Here After  and 5 x Lyd, which are described below.



        Chloe Gbai

        A native of New York, Chloe Gbai is a filmmaker/producer whose work centers around issues of race, immigration, and gender. She has worked under directors such as Amir Bar-Lev and Academy Award Winner Roger Ross Williams. She received her B.A. from New York University’s Gallatin School of Individualized Study with a degree concentrating in film production, African American Studies, and anthropology. While at NYU, she was awarded the Clyde Taylor Award for Distinguished Work in African-American and Africana Studies, and was the second undergraduate to participate in New York University’s graduate program in Culture and Media through the anthropology department. Her work has appeared on HBO, VH1, Logo TV, Teen Vogue and been chosen as a Vimeo staff pic.




        The Bearden Project

        A study on Romare Bearden and the history of African American representation in the fine art world.

          Sean Hanley

          Sean Hanley is a non-fiction filmmaker based in Brooklyn, New York. His short experimental works have screened at various venues and festivals including the National Gallery of Art, the Ann Arbor Film Festival, the Edinburgh International Film Festival, the New Orleans Film Festival, the Aurora Picture Show, and UnionDocs. He holds a BFA in Film Production from Emerson College in Boston, MA and is an MFA candidate in Integrated Media Arts from Hunter College in New York, NY.

          Sean was a cinematographer and co-producer on Lynne Sachs’ Your Day is My Night (2013), which screened at the Museum of Modern Art, the Images Festival, the Museum of Fine Arts Boston, the REDCAT Theater, Anthology Film Archives, the Pacific Film Archive and the Vancouver International Film Festival among others. He recently collaborated with Sachs again on Tip of My Tongue which premiered as the closing night film of the 2017 Documentary Fortnight at the Museum of Modern Art.

          From 2011-2014 & 2016, he was part of the seasonal staff of the Flaherty Film Seminar coordinating print traffic and artist travel. From 2012-2015 he was the Assistant Director of Mono No Aware, a non-profit cinema arts organization hosting filmmaking workshops and an annual exhibition of expanded cinema.



          Project Highlights


          Aw Shucks, Segundo!

          Segundo has just 60 seconds to shuck as many oysters as he can! An attempt at a contemporary actuality film inspired by those made at the turn of the 20th century.


          Living Fossil

          Springtime along the Mid-Atlantic seaboard, thousands of horseshoe crabs spawn on beaches under the glow of the full moon. This is just a brief glimpse into a 450 million year old ritual.

            Natacha Ikoli

            Natacha is a video artist, a DI colorist  and ultimately a storyteller who focuses on human behaviors and the impact that one’s environment has on one’s identity. She has always strived to understand what it meant to belong, assimilate, forge a sense of self and all ideas related to origin and heritage. In her work, Natacha examines social behavior and their connection to identity. Born in D.R. Congo in 1983 and raised in France, where she studied literature and philosophy, she’s been based in Brooklyn since 2006.  Her adopted nation, France, put a solid emphasis on the notion of assimilation, which in return had a strong impact on her worldview and led her to explore how environment, biology or psyche all entwined make up one’s identity.  In her documentary “Bana Congo Oyez! she explores the impact that the widespread use of the term “évolué” has had on Congo’s collective unconsciousness. For her video installation Le Horla, based on a Guy de Maupassant short story she connected the audience with the demented character in the video by placing the viewer inside a small clostrophobic box and therefore in the position of the unwanted observer. She often uses documentary film techniques in her video art, verite shooting style, interviews and with a focus on bringing into play spaces as a narrative element. Her recent technical exploration is related to color theories and the subtle ways by which it impacts the viewer’s experience.




            Bana Congo Oyez! 

            Kinshasa, once called ‘la belle’ (the beautiful) and now referred to as ‘la poubelle’ (the trash), is the third fastest growing city in Africa and the Democratic Republic of the Congo’s capital center of power and wealth. From Belgian Colonialism to the reign of Mobutu to the current battle for resources, the D.R.C has been defined by poverty, systemic corruption and war. Careers in politics are the quickest way to riches and many aspire just to be close to political leaders. Jean-Lucien Bussa, a politician and elected member of the parliament — a group whose way of life is rarely documented — strives to gain the support of his poor, rural constituents while pursuing his own individualistic ambitions. More than just a legislator, elected officials in the DRC are expected to assume the powers and responsibilities of traditional chiefs. Like most of us, he says he would like to see his country develop and for his constituents to find a better life. But his actions tell a different story. Lacking a program or a budget Bussa proves his worth to the community by providing for his constituents’ daily needs and in return, they vote for him. Bana Congo Oyez! (Children of Congo, listen!) delves into the everyday reality of a dysfunctional leadership, a glimpse into the relationship between voters and elected representatives. Bussa’s story is a microcosm of direct democracy applied to the developing world. In a state corroded by systemic corruption, do we expect democracy to work any other way?


            MyBodyMyself is an immersive video installation with the theme of women and their bodies. The 20 two minutes videos projected on the walls of underpasses in which each woman in her own words talks about her body, sexuality, changes, expectations, fears and her community’s perception of women’s body in general–challenges the discourse about the body. The piece aims to reclaim the narrative on women, the body and its changes and confront the language taboo in explaining those changes. The diversity of interviews and experiences underline the social status of women worldwide. This installation piece breaks the linear cinematic narrative by including the viewer in the construction of the story. Using the surrounding environment to affect the audience, incorporating the space as an element in the narrative structure.

              Alexander Ramírez Mallis

              Alex is a filmmaker and DJ. His films have screened across the US and internationally. He holds an MFA in Integrated Media Arts from Hunter College (CUNY) and is an active member of the Brooklyn Filmmakers Collective and, of course, Meerkat Media Collective.

                Alessandra Lacorazza

                Alessandra Lacorazza is a queer Colombian-American filmmaker and editor based in Brooklyn NY. Her work deals with both personal and cultural memory, and incorporates themes of resilience, migration, community and alienation. She creates work where identities intersect and form dualities. Recently, she directed a music video for artist Julia Weldon, featured in NYLON, OUT, and GO Magazine, which pays homage to queer bodies, queer spaces, and the latinx lives lost in the Pulse nightclub shooting. As an editor, Alessandra has focused her work on the latinx community in the US and in Latin America. Her work was chosen as part of the 2016 IFP labs and has been shown at film festivals and featured in numerous online publications. Alessandra is part of the 2017 – 2018 MeerKat Media Collective Residency Program.




                FEATURED PROJECTS

                Till The Crying Fades

                This video is a tribute to the lives lost at Pulse Orlando, which disproportionately affected the Latinx community. The video centers on queer community, our relationship to our bodies and the importance of safe, joyful, and celebratory spaces, especially queer bars.


                  Dara Messinger

                  Dara Messinger is the Director of Public Programs at DCTV where she oversees the honored organization’s filmmaker services, education, outreach and partnerships, and serves as the programmer for its signature DCTV Presents screening and event series. Dara is also an active filmmaker and member of the award-winning Meerkat Media Collective since 2008. She co-directed the feature documentary Brasslands which screened at various festivals including IFF Rotterdam, LA Film Festival, Rooftop Films and CPH:DOX. She is currently working on a documentary about the beloved band Beach House.



                  Featured Projects

                  Fielded – “I Choose You” (Official Music Video)


                  Glass Ghost – “Life is for the Living” (Official Music Video)


                  Into the Streets

                    Eric Phillips-Horst

                    Eric is a director, producer and cinematographer based in New York. Some of his featured work includes broadcast television (PBS, National Geographic, History Channel, Biography Channel, MTV, Nickelodeon, Arte France), documentary and independent festival circuits (Sundance, Tribeca, New York FF,, LA International, CPH:DOX, Rotterdam, Rooftop Films) and numerous online syndications (The New Yorker, The Atlantic, Huffington Post, TED, IndieWire, NoFilmSchool). He is a founding member of both Meerkat Media and the Brooklyn Filmmakers Collective.

                    Featured Projects

                    Gloria Steinem Doesn’t Drive, The New Yorker (DP)


                    Stray Dog, PBS Independent Lens, dir. Debra Granik (DP)


                    Untouchable, 2016 Festival Circuit, (DP)


                      Jovon Outlaw

                      Jovon Outlaw was born and raised in the Bronx, NY. He is a graduate of the Purchase College Film Conservatory and holds a BFA in film production. Since graduating in 2014 he has worked as a Rental Technician at AbelCine, where he has gained invaluable technical knowledge and honed his camera skills. With this knowledge and practice mixed with his directing training at Purchase, Jovon uses any chance he can to work creatively (mostly on the weekends and after work…). Another personal side project I’ve taken on recently is training in improv theater. Over the past two years, I’ve immersed myself in this form of storytelling and have studied at both the Upright Citizens Brigade and Reckless Theatre. Improv has strengthened my shooting and directing skills by sharpening my social skills and enabling me to become more flexible and adaptable to new ideas on set. He’s been lucky to work on projects for CollegeHumor, NBC, Microsoft, Assembly.com, Josh Ruben, Micheal Almerayda, Celia-Rolwson-Hall, Kassia Miller, Chris Osborn, Eigil Bryld, Mitski, and Anu Valia. Filmmaking has even offered him the chance to travel to Kenya to shoot a documentary and to Hawaii, to work on a short film. Many of these projects done while working full time at AbelCine. His main goals in filmmaking are to be able to learn everyday, collaborate with people, and make films that resonate emotionally.


                      FEATURED PROJECTS

                        Adam Pogoff

                        Adam is a Brooklyn-based director, producer, and cinematographer. For around a decade, Adam has been producing feature documentary films (BRASSLANDS, 2013, The Orchard; UNTOUCHABLE, 2016, Tribeca Award-Winner), and commissioned short films for broadcast, nonprofit and commercial clients. Adam’s short documentary work has been published by The New York Times Op-Docs, on television (Sundance, MSNBC, Arte France), and online (NBC.com, The Marshall Project, The Washington Post). His features have screened at over 60 festivals (Tribeca, Rotterdam, CPH:DOX, Thessaloniki) to notable acclaim. Adam’s storytelling celebrates the absurd and surreal in MESSIAHSEZ, his debut as a solo director. He has been a member of the Meerkat Media Collective since 2009.

                        Featured projects

                          Samin Pogoff

                          A producer and editor, Samin works on a variety of projects including documentary features, short films, TV and commercials. Her work has been featured on BBC and HBO. As an editor, Samin worked on the founding team of Emmy Award-winning HBO’s Vice News Tonight. Her editing can be seen in commercials for the New York Times, McDonald’s and Vilcek Foundation among others. Samin is currently editing a feature-length documentary Waiting for David and co-writing Messiahsez.

                            Zara Serabian-Arthur

                            Zara Serabian-Arthur is a non-fiction filmmaker based in Brooklyn, NY. In both her independent and commissioned work, she is committed to helping others tell their stories and using media strategically as a means to shift narratives and support social justice movements.

                            Zara is a co-writer/co-director of the collective’s award-winning feature documentaries, Stages and Brasslands, as well as many independent documentary shorts, including Consensus and Into the Streets. She has also directed, produced and edited dozens of commissioned short films, collaborating closely with non-profits, foundations and grassroots organizations, including the Tenement Museum, the Participatory Budgeting Project, Ford Foundation, Rosa Luxembourg Stiftung and Make the Road New York among many others. Alongside her filmmaking work, Zara worked as a teaching artist and arts program administrator in schools and community centers across New York City for over ten years. She has been a member of Meerkat Media Collective since 2006.

                            Zara is also actively involved in the cooperative and solidarity economy movements, which work to build an economy based on values of social and racial justice, ecological sustainability, cooperation, mutualism, and democracy. She is a member of SolidarityNYC, where she has worked on mapping, organizing, and community-based research projects, a Board Member of New York City Network of Worker Cooperatives and a Peer Educator with the Cooperative Economics Alliance of New York City.

                              Kaija Siirala

                              Interested and informed by an array of artistic forms, Kaija has worked in video, sound and performance for the past eight years. Most recently, Kaija has been working as a picture editor in documentary film and as a film teacher, from middle schoolers to college. In 2015, her documentary short created with collaborator Emily Collins, Hansu Solo, was awarded a student grant from the National Board of Review.  She has worked as a sound editor as well on films that have screened at the National Gallery of Canada, True/False Film Festival and AFI fest. A keen collaborator, Kaija has explored live video mixing in a number of performance contexts including dance, theatre, and music.  In 2015, she travelled to the Faroe Islands as part of the fluid states: performance of unknowing conference. Currently based in Brooklyn, she is pursuing her MFA in Integrated Media Arts at Hunter College (CUNY).


                              KAIJA SIIRALA
                              Vimeo: http://vimeo.com/kprsii

                              Featured Projects

                              THE HILL
                              THE BUTTER SOLUTION
                              HANSU SOLO

                                Corinne Spencer

                                Corinne Spencer is a video and performance artist based in Brooklyn, NY. She has exhibited and performed at the Central Square Theater (Boston, MA), Oberon Theater (Cambridge, MA) and the Pozen Center for Interrelated Media (Boston, MA). She was a participant in the 2014 residency cycle of the Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture and a commissioned artist in the 2015 Boston Arts Emerge Festival. In 2016 participated in inaugural cycle of the Pearl Diving Movement Residency as a visiting artist. She is currently in residence with the Meerkat Media Filmmaking Collective.



                                Featured Projects

                                HUNGER is an experimental, movement-based video installation which uses a series of interweaving, non-linear videos, performances, and sculptures to explore desire, connection, landscape, and self through the interior world and its rhythms of awakening, blooming, transcendence and decay. Each piece in Hunger will unfold separately and focus on an individual thematic arc. Though self-contained, the pieces are intended to be taken as a whole and as such will be connected by recurring performers, spoken narration, and visual rhyming. This work will exist across several disciplines, blending the traditions of performance art, dance, film, and video sculpture to create an installation which fully engages the audience on a multi-sensory level.

                                  Jay Arthur Sterrenberg

                                  Jay Arthur Sterrenberg is a Canadian-American documentary director, editor an cinematographer whose work has broadcast on PBS, HBO, and CNN, and has screened at festivals such as Sundance, Tribeca, Berlin & IDFA.  Documentary editing credits include DARK MONEY (Sundance, 2018), TROPHY (CNN Films, 2017), Tribeca award winning UNTOUCHABLE  (2016), NARCO CULTURA (Cinedigm, 2013), Academy Award nominated REDEMPTION (HBO, 2013), and Emmy Nominated SECTION 60 (HBO, 2008).

                                  Jay co-founded the Meerkat Media Collective in 2005 and has been a member-owner of the New Day Films documentary distribution cooperative since 2009. He edited, shot, produced and co-directed two of the collective’s feature length documentaries: STAGES (New Day Films, 2010) and BRASSLANDS (The Orchard, 2013) which have screened at over 50 festivals around the world. His short documentary PUBLIC MONEY is an observed portrait of an experiment in participatory democracy in Meerkat’s home neighborhood of Sunset Park.

                                  Featured Projects

                                  Dark Money – Feature Documentary (Editor, Cinematographer)

                                  Trophy – Feature Documentary (Editor)

                                  Untouchable – Feature Documentary (Editor)

                                  Brasslands – Feature Documentary (Director, Editor & Cinematographer)

                                  Narco Cultura – Feature Documentary (Editor)

                                  Stages – Feature Documentary (Director, Editor & Cinematographer)

                                  Public Money – Short Documentary (Director, Editor & Cinematographer)

                                    Jeffrey Sterrenberg

                                    Jeff Sterrenberg is primarily a non-fiction and experimental filmmaker based in Brooklyn, New York. His work has been screened at festivals around the world including CPH:DOX, The New Olreans Film Festival, IFFR in Rotterdam, The LA Film Festival, Rooftop Films and many more.  professional work has been seen on The Wall Street Journal, CNN, The Atlantic, TIME, and he’s worked with numerous museums, grassroots organizations and non profits around the New York City Area. He went to Emerson College where he holds a BA in film and documentary.

                                    He has been a proud member of the Meerkat Media residency and worker cooperative since 2009 and has worked on multiple feature documentaries and dozens of short form documentaries, music videos, short narratives, and experimental films. He has also been a member of the Brooklyn Filmmakers Collective since 2012.

                                    Featured Projects

                                    (Untitled experimental mountain film)
                                    Life is for the Living, I Choose You music videos

                                      Karim Tabbaa

                                      Karim is a filmmaker, avid cooper, local produce enthusiast, and friend to all.

                                      Featured Project

                                      Dayspot Heroes – https://vimeo.com/116560310

                                        Claudia Zamora Valencia

                                        Claudia Zamora uses photography, video and sound to explore the borders and possibilities between art, community work and social disciplines. Trained as a cultural anthropologist, she is currently engaged in ethnographic research and media making. Her work focuses on the documentation and analysis of social processes and the construction of individual and collective memory. She collaborates with community-based organizations that promote access to information and services for undocumented immigrants in New York City. Claudia teaches at Hunter College, City University of New York (CUNY), where she is a MFA candidate in Integrated Media and Arts. She is part of the 2016-2017 Residency Program at Meerkat Media Collective, and the 2016 Create Change Fellowship from  The Laundromat Project.

                                        Claudia is from Oaxaca, Mexico and lives in Brooklyn, New York.



                                        Featured Projects


                                        An audiovisual meditation of the endless reconstruction of space and memory along the Coney Island boardwalk. | 2016 – Brooklyn, NY

                                        The Lure

                                        After a turtle slaughterhouse shuts down, local people have to adapt to the demands of new economies and ideas of conservation. The ethnographic documentation of this process and a visual collection of memories intertwine in a portrait of a seductive coastal region on the Pacific Ocean. | Post- production

                                          Vi Nguyen

                                          Vi is a first generation Vietnamese American filmmaker and photographer. Her work is a constant exploration of surrealism, identity, and place. A native Houstonian who spent years living, working, and traveling throughout Southeast Asia, Vi now calls Brooklyn home. 

                                           She holds a BA in Psychology and Visual Journalism from The University of Texas at Austin and is currently a graduate student at Syracuse University in Multimedia, Photography, and Design. Her Master’s Project, The Liberation of Nostalgia, is a historical and personal visual narrative about the years her father spent in the re-education/prison camps after the Fall of Saigon and the exploration of how the Vietnam of today is finally at peace with the Vietnam of the past.


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