Middlemarch Films, Inc. was founded in 1978 by Ellen Hovde (now retired) and Muffie Meyer. Over the past thirty years, Middlemarch Films has produced more than one hundred films and videos. These have been distributed nationally and internationally in theaters, on television, in the home video and educational markets. All of Middlemarch’s major productions have opened to extremely favorable reviews in such publications as The New York Times, The Washington Post, The Los Angeles Times, The Wall Street Journal, Time, Newsweek, People, and many more. Their productions include documentaries, theatrical features, video series and children’s films, for which they have won numerous awards: Emmys, Cine Gold Eagles, the Japan Prize, Christopher Awards, the Freddy Award, the Columbia-DuPont and the George Foster Peabody Awards for Excellence in Broadcast Journalism. Their works has been selected for festivals in Japan, Greece, London, Edinburgh, Cannes, Toronto, Chicago and New York. They have been twice honored by the Directors Guild of America.
Meyer is currently in the last stages of fundraising for a 2-hour special about Stalin and his legacy. She has produced and/or directed numerous major series and specials. These include “LIBERTY! THE AMERICAN REVOLUTION”, a six-hour mini-series for PBS (Peabody Award); “ALEXANDER HAMILTON”, a two-part program for PBS; “BENJAMIN FRANKLIN”, a three-part mini-series for PBS (Emmy); “GREY GARDENS”, a theatrically released documentary that received much acclaim, (co-directed with the Maysles Brothers & Ellen Hovde); “MYSTERY OF MATTER”, broadcast fall 2015 on PBS (Emmy); “MAKING ROUNDS”, released theatrically winter 2015; “SAVING THE NATIONAL TREASURES”, a NOVA Special about the National Archives’ restoration of the Declaration of Independence; “TWYLA ON TWYLA”, Middlemarch’s third film with choreographer, Twyla Tharp; “AMERICAN PHOTOGRAPHY – A CENTURY OF IMAGES”, a three-hour series for PBS about the impact of photography on America in the 20th century; “BEHIND THE SCENES”, a ten-part children’s series (PBS) on the arts featuring David Hockney, Julie Taymor, Max Roach, Matt Groening and others; “THE CRASH OF 1929”, tracing the economic boom, the “New Era” of prosperity, that ends with the great stock market crash of 1929; “AN EMPIRE OF REASON”, a docu-drama about the debate surrounding New York State’s ratification of the United States Constitution, starring Walter Cronkite, John Chancellor, William F. Buckley, Jr., Phil Donahue, Robert MacNeil, Charlayne Hunter-Gault, Forrest Sawyer, Andrea Mitchell, Governors Mario Cuomo, Tom Kean, Mayor Ed Koch and more; “THE NEW MEDICINE”, a two-hour special for PBS about the humanistic practice of medicine; “EARTH EXPLORER”, follows a geophysicist as she investigates the break-up of the North American continent; “ENORMOUS CHANGES AT THE LAST MINUTE”, a feature film for ABC, released theatrically in 1982 and based on stories by Grace Paley, written by John Sayles, starring Ellen Barkin, David Strathairn and Kevin Bacon.
Middlemarch Films has also produced corporate films for clients including: Morgan Stanley, Sullivan and Cromwell, Johnson & Johnson, and Kodak.