Rickover: The Birth of Nuclear Power


Documentary Feature
Washington D.C. Premiere

Runtime: 115 Minutes
Directed by: Michael Pack
Country: USA



Saturday, May 24 2014, 4:15 PM – 6:10 PM | Ticket Info



Combative, provocative and searingly blunt, Admiral Hyman G. Rickover was a flamboyant maverick and an unique American hero.

When few thought it possible, then-Captain Rickover undertook to harness the fearsome power of the atom to drive the first nuclear-powered submarine, the USS Nautilus, whose trip under the polar ice pack was one of the great adventure stories of the 1950s.

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Michael PackAbout the Filmmaker


Michael Pack

Michael Pack is President of Manifold Productions, Inc., an independent film and television production company, which he founded in 1977. Through Manifold Productions, Mr. Pack has written, directed, and produced numerous award-winning nationally broadcast documentaries as well as corporate and educational films.

Mr. Pack’s most recent film Rediscovering Alexander Hamilton, hosted by Richard Brookhiser, was broadcast nationally via PBS on April 11, 2011 to excellent reviews; the Los Angeles Times called it “history with a high-octane kick” and the Washington Post praised its “surprising, relevant, and enter-taining insights.” Mr. Pack also recently completed The Last 600 Meters, which tells the story of the battles of Najaf and Fallujah in Iraq in 2004.

The film won the highest awards at the GI Film Festival and the Hudson Institute Film Festival and is planned for PBS broadcast following a theatrical release. Recently completed, Rickover: The Birth of Nuclear Power is a two-hour biography of the maverick engineer who developed the first nuclear submarine, nuclear aircraft carrier, and commercial nuclear power plant. He transformed the Navy, the cold war, and American industry.

Mr. Pack’s major television credits include: God and the Inner City, narrated by Phylicia Rashad (2003); Rediscovering George Washington, hosted by Richard Brookhiser (2002); The Fall of Newt Gingrich, narrated by Blair Brown (2000); The Rodney King Incident: Race and Justice in America, narrated by Robert Prosky (1998); Inside the Republican Revolution: The First Hundred Days, hosted by Don Lambro (1995); Hollywood vs. Religion, hosted by Michael Medved (1995); Campus Culture Wars: Five Stories about Political Correctness, narrated by Lindsay Crouse (1993); America’s Political Parties, hosted by Ben Wattenberg and David Gergen (1988 & 1992); Fire from the Sun: The Search for Fusion Energy, hosted by E. G. Marshall (1990); Hollywood’s Favorite Heavy: Businessmen on Prime Time TV, hosted by Eli Wallach (1987); among others. All have been nationally broadcast on PBS, except The Rodney King Incident, which premiered on TLC.

From 2003-2006, Mr. Pack served as Senior Vice President for Television Programming at the Corporation for Public Broadcasting. He restructured the programming department and launched several new initiatives. These included: America at a Crossroads (a series of 20 documentary films addressing issues facing America in the wake of the attacks of 9/11) and the American History and Civics Initiative (innovative, new media designed to address the crisis of historical amnesia in middle and high school students).

In 2002, President Bush nominated and the Senate confirmed Mr. Pack to serve on the National Council on the Humanities, which oversees the National Endowment for the Humanities. He served from July 2002 to February 2005.

In 1993, Mr. Pack served as Co-Chair of the International TV Council at the Corporation for Public Broadcasting. In this capacity, he oversaw the Council’s efforts to determine the feasibility of launching a cooperative program between American public television producers and stations and their counterparts in Eastern Europe and the former Soviet Union.

Previously, Mr. Pack received a political appointment as Director of WORLDNET, the U.S. Information Agency’s global satellite network. WORLDNET produced, acquired, and distributed programs to over 127 countries and over 200 cities on all continents twenty-four hours a day. Mr. Pack oversaw WORLDNET’s 291 employees and annual budget of $23 million. WORLDNET, now called VOA-TV, has merged with the Voice of America.

Mr. Pack attended Yale College, the University of California at Berkeley, and studied film at New York University. Before launching Manifold Productions, Mr. Pack worked extensively in production and post-production. He worked as a staff editor for RAI, the Italian TV network, and for Pathe News in New York. Mr. Pack and his wife, Gina, who also works at Manifold Productions, have three sons and reside in Chevy Chase, Maryland.



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