LIVING YOUR PERSONAL LEGEND Workshop with Jayn Stewart And Michael Mack

Posted 2/13/14

According to The Alchemist, an international bestseller, we all have something we long to accomplish, something special that may have been there since childhood. It’s called our Personal Legend.
Are you ready to live yours?

This exciting new workshop will help you—
- Discover your Personal Legend
- Claim it as your destiny
- Chart a course for living it!

When: Tuesday evenings, April 29, May 6, 13, 20. Time: 7:00 – 9:30 p.m.
Where: Wesley United Methodist Church (Fellowship Hall), 5312 Connecticut Ave., NW, Washington, DC 20015.
Use the Connecticut Ave. Entrance. Free street parking.
Cost: $250


THE DRUM MAJOR Now Available from First Rites Films

Posted 2/1/14

We are very pleased to announce that our film THE DRUM MAJOR is available to watch free online coutesy of First Rites Films.

You can watch it in its entirety below. Be sure to share it with friends, family, teachers and anyone else that will be interested in learning about the last and most challenging year in the life of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.


Posted 4/19/10

All Events Free and Open to the Public


NOON- THEATRE FOR SOCIAL TRANSFORMATION Moderated by Washington Post theater critic Nelson Pressley, the panel includes Michael Mack (actor), Catherine Filloux (playwright), Tara Bracco (founder: Poetic People Power), Karen Bradley (University of Maryland), Cindy Cooper (Words of Choice Theater), Tayla Ealom (University of Colorado), will discuss using theater as a tool for social transformation.
Montgomery College Performing Arts Center 7995 Georgia Avenue Silver Spring, MD 20910

3 PM - “WHITE NOISE” Written by Art Festival Producer Tom Block, "White Noise" follows an African-American painter on spiritual themes, Tim, as he struggles with interior demons, an increasingly bizarre exterior reality and a scantily-clad Simone Weil, a historical figure that metastasizes as a figment of his own imagination. Having abandoned true faith, Tim grasps for "faith in faith," and in the end finds dubious consolation, alone in a bathroom. Michael Mack plays Tim in this reading.
Jackie’s Restaurant (Nouveau American)
8081 Georgia Avenue
Silver Spring, MD 20910
(301) 565-9700

5 PM - “ESCAPE ON THE PEARL” From Book to Screen: A Conversation with Filmmaker Michael Mack and Author Mary Kay Ricks. They will have a conversation with the audience about translating this history into a compelling film. Escape on the Pearl concerns 77 slaves who attempted a daring escape down the Potomac River in a schooner called the Pearl in 1848.
Bombay Gaylord (Indian Restaurant)
8401 Georgia Avenue, Silver Spring MD 20910 (301) 565-2528

3:30 PM - “THE DRUM MAJOR” DIRECTED BY MICHAEL MACK A short documentary film produced by Michael Mack and Jim Pollock that explores Martin Luther King’s call for “a radical revolution of values” in his last and most challenging year: April 4, 1967 to April 4, 1968.
City Place Theatre I


Posted 4/14/10

'THE DRUM MAJOR' will screen at the Amnesty International Human Rights Film Festival on Sunday, April 25, 2010 from 3:30-4:30 pm at the City Place Theater I in Silver Spring, MD. There will be a discussion following the film lead by director Michael Mack.

For detailed information about the festival, a map of the venues, and schedules visit




Posted 1/10/10

World BankPalatine Hill founder Michael Mack will participate as a guest speaker in A Tribute to Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. on January 14, 2010 at 1pm in the World Bank's Main Complex Atrium.

The World Bank is a vital source of financial and technical assistance to developing countries around the world. It's mission is to fight poverty with passion and professionalism for lasting results and to help people help themselves and their environment by providing resources, sharing knowledge, building capacity and forging partnerships in the public and private sectors.

On January 19, 2010 at Noon, "The Drum Major" will be screened at the World Bank.

Admission to both events is by invitation only.

For more information about The World Bank visit


Posted 12/16/09

Jeff HerbergerThe Historical Society of Washington DC will have a FREE screening of THE DRUM MAJOR on JANUARY 18, 2010.

Time: 1pm

Address: 801 K Street NW (at Mount Vernon Square) Washington DC 20001

For more information about the Historical Society of Washington DC be sure to visit



Posted 10/6/09

Jeff HerbergerWe are proud to announce THE DRUM MAJOR as an Official Selection in the 2010 Amnesty International Human Rights Art Festival! The festival will take place over three days April 23-25, 2010, and involve cultural, business and political stakeholders from Silver Spring, the Washington D.C. metro area, and beyond.

The festival will include a variety of events (sometimes overlapping) including visual art shows, new media events, theater, book readings, panel discussions, movies, music, hands-on mural, puppet making and other art projects, art walks from exhibit to exhibit, participatory parades, international foods etc. throughout the Arts and Entertainment District of Silver Spring, all centered on raising awareness of human rights issues. Venues will include local restaurants, art spaces, theaters and community spaces. Amnesty International will have a presence at all of the events, and the art festival will be a manner in which to raise awareness of the important work that Amnesty undertakes, as well as the quintessentially American values that they espouse.

Amnesty International is a worldwide movement of people who campaign for internationally recognized human rights for all. Amnesty supporters are outraged by human rights abuses but inspired by hope for a better world—so they work to improve human rights through campaigning and international solidarity. Amnesty International has more than 2.2 million members and subscribers in more than 150 countries and regions. They coordinate this support to act for justice on a wide range of issues.

Saturday April 24th and Sunday April 25th, 2010
Time: Noon to 6pm

For detailed information and schedules visit


St. Augustine’s Church and Local Filmmakers Team Up to Help Southwest DC Youth

Posted 10/4/09

St. Augustine’s Episcopal Church and filmmaker Michael Mack, host of the church’s popular Art & Spirit Coffeehouse, recently joined forces to help “at-risk” youth in Southwest Washington, D.C. Their collaborative brainstorming and proposal writing resulted in a $30, 000 grant and an arts-based outreach program calledJumpStart Media (JSM). The JSM team will use video production as a tool for teaching life skills – reading, writing, teamwork, communication, and problem-solving – to a handpicked group of Southwest teens.

The Rev. Martha Clark, Priest-in-Charge at St. Augustine’s, announced, “We are excited that the church has an additional opportunity to expand our creative outreach services to benefit our neighborhood youth.” Long-time Southwest residents and parishioners, Monica Evans, Kwasi Holman, and Irene Sanders, are serving as Vestry member liaisons to the program.
Mack explained that the educational basis for the program is the theory of multiple intelligences, conceived by Harvard scholar Dr. Howard Gardner over a decade ago. The theory states in a nutshell that intelligence is measurable. It’s the ability to fashion something of value to a community. And there are multiple ways of being intelligent. The I.Q. and other standardized tests might actually tell more about a person’s memory or cultural heritage than their intelligence, according to Mack.

The goal of the program is holistic growth and development for its participants. But the challenge before Mack and his team of filmmakers, community activists and educators is to find 10 to 12 young people, 15 to 18 years old, who are Southwest residents deemed “at-risk;” engage them in field trips, meaningful dialogue and other learning opportunities concerning the arts and humanities; then turn the teens into a highly functional video production crew, and fashion a product – such as a film about their lives – in 10 weeks.

“Mission possible,” according to Mack who has worked with congregations and communities conducting programs like this for years. “This time we have more help and funding than ever before,” Mack explained. St. Augustine’s is one of 16 local organizations that recently received a “Coalition Building for Youth Delinquency Prevention and Intervention” award from the partnership between the U.S. Dream Academy, South Washington/West of the River Family Strengthening Collaborative and the Department of Justice Office of Justice Programs. In addition to $30,000 of funding for JumpStart Media, the church is providing space, volunteers and scholarships for the participants to continue their arts-based education. “What I like most about the JSM concept,” Mack said, “is that it doesn’t just stop at week ten with a product. We’ll do six weeks of follow-up and find ways of helping the kids stay creative.” The local filmmaking community is responding as well. Mack’s producing partner Jim Pollock, Jeff Herberger who edited Mack’s film “The Drum Major,” and Dana Flor who made the HBO documentary “The Nine Lives of Marion Barry,” have expressed interest in helping the JumpStart Media Project succeed.

“The Drum Major,” an inspiring film on the last year of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s life to be screened July 29 at St. Augustine’s Art & Spirit Coffeehouse

Posted 6/28/09

Actor, screenwriter and filmmaker Michael Mack will present and discuss his recently completed first documentary, “The Drum Major” at the Art & Spirit Coffeehouse, St. Augustine’s Episcopal Church, 600 M Street, SW, on Wednesday, July 29 at 7 p.m.  The free evening includes coffee and desserts, followed by a Q&A with the audience.

 “The Drum Major,” a 20-minute documentary captures the last year of the life of civil rights leader Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., from April 4, 1967 through April 4, 1968 with Michael Mack as the voice of Dr. King.   Recording artist Teejay Riedl will host the evening’s screening and follow-up questions. 

Mack created “The Drum Major,” titled after King’s famous sermon requesting that he be remembered as “a drum major for justice…a drum major for peace …a drum major for righteousness,” as a “ way for Dr. King to speak for himself.  A lot of his words have been lost, especially on the Viet Nam war, poverty and the human conditions as interconnected on a global level,” explained Mack.  “I want to teach young people about who Dr. King was, by making his words be the star of the show.”  The documentary features animation and 3-D like effects to appeal to young people as part of his mission to “inform, entertain and inspire.”

Please join us and if you wish, bring cookies, or cheese and crackers or fruit.  Your friends and family members are welcome too.