Creator, Designer and Creative and Administrative Director of the Saul Zaentz Visiting Artists Series of Artist Talks, Q&As, and Weekend-Long Workshops.
Personally recruited major players in the media industry and programmed and facilitated ten high-profile visits involving public Q&As about film craft and lead weekend-long workshops with JHU Film and Media Studies students as well as students from the Baltimore School for the Arts. Guests included:
Dan Mirvish, filmmaker and cofounder of the Slamdance Film Festival (visited September 2018); Sarah Salovaara, web series creator (visited November 2018); Zack Bornstein, Emmy-nominated former Saturday Night Live staff writer (visited November 2018); Bradford Young, Academy Award-nominated cinematographer (visited February 2019); Larry Doyle, former Simpsons staff writer (visited February-March 2019); Jonathan Abrahams, television writer and producer (visited March 2019); and Christine Vachon, independent film producer (visited April 2019).
Co-planned all workshops with the guest artists and facilitated their execution. April 2018-present.
Co-Creator, Designer, and Administrative Director of the Saul Zaentz Film Festival – a partnership between the Johns Hopkins High School Film Festival and the Baltimore High School Film Festival. Created an infrastructure for, budgeted, programmed, staffed, and ran a new international film festival to encourage the work of high school students across the country and around the world, to be screened at the Parkway Theatre and Charles Theatre in Baltimore in June 2019. The weekend also offered workshops with four major industry players, for the benefit of the high schoolers. Position held from July 2018-present.
In 2019, wrote the grant proposal that secured a grant for another year of funding from the Saul Zaentz Foundation in the amount of an additional $60,000.
IN 2014, with the help of a group of students, Meredith created and designed Studio North, a student-run film production company dedicated to funding and producing films of the highest quality. Studio North is overseen by Meredith, working in conjunction with a student Executive Board, with chairs in production, finance, script, talent, equipment, and marketing. This Board works closely with Meredith throughout the year to fund and oversee two films per year as well as crafting professionalization events, speakers, Q&As, and screenwriting and production workshops. In 2017, with the financial help of the Zaentz Fund, four films will be funded by Studio North.
THE SAUL ZAENTZ/STUDIO NORTH WRITERS ROOM
In 2017, Meredith became Creative Director of The Writers Room, which she also organized and developed in conjunction with the Saul Zaentz Fund for Innovation in Film and Media. This project consists of a fully functional television writers room staffed by eight undergraduate students who were competitively chosen. Together in the fall of 2017, they will go through two Master Class weekends with industry writers, and craft a web series designed for mobile. Master class weekends will be centered around Guest Writer Zack Bornstein, an Emmy-nominated staff writer for Saturday Night Live, and Luke Kelly-Clyne, Creative Director for Big Breakfast and developer of multiple shows. In 2019, the Room was given an annual grant to produce one of the series written by its writers: The Kelly-Clyne Award. The Writers Room, currently in its third year, will run through spring 2020. It is currently helmed by FMS faculty member Adam Rodgers.
Creator, Designer, and Administrative Director of the Johns Hopkins High School Film Contest and Festival. Created an infrastructure for, budgeted, programmed, staffed, and ran a new international film festival to encourage the work of high school students across the country and around the world, to be screened at the Parkway Theater in Baltimore in June 2018. The weekend also offered workshops with major industry players, for the benefit of the high schoolers. Position held from October 2017-July 2018.