Meryam is a Baltimore-based filmmaker and founder of Jean Hill Studios. Her credits include the official Sundance Film Festival Selection, This is Home, ESPN’s 30 for 30: Baltimore Boys and Spent (from Executive Producer, Davis Guggenheim). She is the founder of Close Up Baltimore, a collaborative photojournalism series that highlighted a more authentic, hopeful narrative of Baltimore following 2015’s Unrest. Baltimore Style characterized the platform as “a smarter, more effective way to show the city to its best advantage.” In partnership with the Straus Foundation, Meryam is currently piloting a venture-capital approach to diversity and representation in filmmaking. She will continue this work while attending University of Southern California’s prestigious Peter Stark Producing Program in the fall. Her work has been featured on NPR and WYPR and in The Baltimore Sun, International Business Times and Baltimore Style Magazine. Meryam is an Open Society Institute Fellow.