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About Meerkat Media

Meerkat Media 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.

Meerkat Media Collective

The Meerkat Media Collective is 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.

We are currently looking for new members to begin January 2020.

CLICK HERE to learn more about the open call.

Applications are due by 11:59pm on Friday, November 1st.




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.


Zeshawn Ali

Zeshawn is a filmmaker and director currently based in Harlem. Originally from Ohio, he made his way to the city to study filmmaking at Tisch School of the Arts at NYU.  Since graduating, he’s directed a narrative short film called “Shallows” and also directed for the documentary series “30 Mosques in 30 Days”, showcasing diverse Muslim stories across America during the month of Ramadan. His first feature length documentary, “Two Gods”, about a Muslim casket maker in Newark is currently in post-production and has recently received support from ITVS, Sundance Institute, Tribeca Film Institute, Points North Institute and HotDocs.

    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)

      Winnie Cheung

      Winnie is a Hong Kong born, Queens raised, Brooklyn based film director and editor. She frequently collaborates with artists across various disciplines, using illustration, animation, and dance to place the corporeal body within surreal spaces. She has directed and edited films that have screened Marfa Film Festival and Fantasia International Film Festival with support from the Jerome Foundation. Additionally, her work as an editor has appeared at Tribeca, San Francisco International Film Festival and exclusive online outlets including Nowness, Vimeo Staff Picks and NYTimes Op-docs. She is a proud Posse Scholar, nationally selected and trained to serve as a catalyst for individual and community development in an ever increasing multicultural society.


        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.



          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


            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.

                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. 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, and works regularly as a facilitator and organizational consultant with like-minded organizations across the city.

                                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 and cinematographer whose work has broadcast on PBS, HBO, NETFLIX and CNN, and has screened at festivals such as Sundance, Tribeca, Berlin & IDFA.  Documentary editing credits include Academy Award short-listed DARK MONEY (Dir. Kimberly Reed), Emmy winning TROPHY (Dir. Shaul Schwarz & Christina Clusiau), NARCO CULTURA (Dir. Shaul Schwarz), Tribeca award-winning UNTOUCHABLE (Dir. David Feige), Academy Award nominated REDEMPTION (Dir. Jon Alpert & Matt O’Neill) and Netflix Original AFTER MARIA (Dir. Nadia Hallgren).

                                  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 and BRASSLANDS which have screened at over 50 festivals around the world. His short documentary PUBLIC MONEY (PBS) 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 Orleans Film Festival, IFFR in Rotterdam, The LA Film Festival, Rooftop Films and many more.  His professional work has been seen on National Geographic, The Wall Street Journal, CNN, The Atlantic, TIME, PBS, 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


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