Our Feature Films

Brookeville: Capital for a Day - First aired on Maryland Public Television on August 26, 2015. This one-hour documentary tells the story of the only time in our history the President of the United States was on the run, and the Quaker community that sheltered him. More information, including videos, can be found here.

Anthem: The Story Behind The Star-Spangled Banner - Originally aired on Maryland Public Television in December of 2012, it has been shown over 3,000 on public television stations in all 50 states. Anthem tells the story behind Francis Scott Key’s creation of “The Star-Spangled Banner” and explores the role of music and patriotism during The War of 1812. Featuring musical performances and interviews with historians and music experts from the United States and Great Britain, this one-hour documentary delves into the people, songs and events that influenced Key to write what would become the National Anthem of the United States of America. More information and additional videos can be found on www.anthem1812film.com.

In 2013 we began work on The Anthem Project - a free online resource for teachers with lesson plans and activities based on segments of Anthem. Completed in 2014, these off-the-shelf teaching tools are great ways to bring this story to 4th-grade and 8th-grade classrooms. Teachers can visit www.theanthemproject.org.


Short Films

Historic Annapolis is restoring the James Brice House, a grand Georgian mansion built just before the American Revolution. Working with historians and craftsmen, we produced this video explaining the project to the public.

Recently discovered, "A New Song" tells of a celebratory ball or "rout" at the Governor's Mansion in Annapolis. Probably written in early 1783 (and quite satirical), the song is performed at the Brice House by David & Ginger Hildebrand of the Colonial Music Institute, with narration by historian Glenn Campbell.

On the 200th anniversary of the Battle for Baltimore, two great marching bands came together for a celebratory halftime show. Make Your Mark Media was asked to put together the video segments and narration was provided by Mark Hildebrand and Governor Martin O'Malley. This video combines footage of the bands with the video segments that were on the large screens at the stadium in College Park. See Fort McHenry and The Star-Spangled Banner as you've never seen them before!

This short film tells the story of one of the historic houses in Bladensburg, Maryland.

Commissioned by The Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission for the Bladensburg Waterfront Visitor's Center, this short film tells the story of the Battle of Bladensburg that took place in August of 1814. Although it was a defeat for the American Forces and allowed the British to occupy Washington City, this hard lesson helped prepare the defenses in Baltimore to repel the British a few weeks later. Computer generated sequences and music were provided by Broken Switch Studios.

Filmed in historic Memorial Hall at the United States Naval Academy, the combined Men's and Women's Glee Club sings the 1971 J.B. Talley arrangement of our National Anthem. This performance is featured in the documentary film Anthem, produced by Make Your Mark Media. For more information, visit www.anthem1812film.com.

Promotional video produced for the 2011 Utopia Film Festival. Aaron Solomon on camera, interviews conducted by Mark Hildebrand.