Jimmy Monack is an award-winning screenwriter, photographer, filmmaker, and teacher.
After earning a bachelor’s degree in social studies from San Jose State University in 1990, he spent 11 years as a drummer in San Francisco nightclubs. Finally putting his drumsticks down, he moved to Washington D.C. to pursue a master’s degree in teaching at Howard University and soon after, he became a history teacher for District of Columbia Public Schools. Six years of fulfillment and adventure with wonderful students, he returned to graduate school at Johns Hopkins University earning a second master’s degree in Liberal Arts, while independently learning film production.
In 2012 he founded Jimmy Monack Productions LLC (formerly Gumshoe Rumpus); writing, directing and producing quality children’s films and plays. He has earned accolades from The Beverly Hills Film Festival, The Austin Film Festival, The Charleston Film Festival, The Omaha Film Festival and more. His feature screenplay, Dad-Tastic!, won the International Family Film Festival for Best Comedy Script, and his first short film, Charm City Rumpus, won the Garden State Film Festival Best Comedy Award. His two short films, Bully and Homework aired on Shorts International TV in June of 2014. His first documentary, Dunbar: The Alchemy of Achievement, airs every Black History Month on the PBS station WHUT. He is the Resident Playwright for Moonlit Wings Children's Theater Company.
Mr. Monack has recently wrapped -up eight years at Indian Creek Upper School in Crownsville, Maryland teaching Dystopian Literature, Advanced Placement Language and Composition and the self-created elective Cinema on the Page.
He is also a former Court Appointed Special Advocate for foster children in Anne Arundel County, Maryland.