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Rossi Films helps individuals, companies, institutions, and organizations realize their storytelling potential by providing veteran production experience to create cinematic, character-driven documentary films across all media platforms. Clients include WGBH/American Experience, U.S. Rowing, MIT Media Lab, the National Museum of the American Indian, Sperry Top-Sider, Jumptap, and the Resiliency Advocacy Project.
MICHAEL ROSSI has spent the last seventeen years producing, directing, shooting, and editing national programs for public television. In 2012, Rossi received an Emmy Award for his work as Coordinating Producer of the children's engineering series Design Squad. His production credits for American Experience include: Building the Alaska Highway, The Gold Rush (2007 Erik Barnouw Award), We Shall Remain, a five-part television series and multimedia project on Native American history, The Rise and Fall of Penn Station, and The Bombing of Wall Street. He also served as an embedded filmmaker on the 2011 Student Freedom Ride and produced a series of short films for Freedom Summer @ 50, profiling participants of the 1964 Freedom Summer project in Mississippi. Rossi's credits for Frontline include The Silence, which traces the healing between the small, Yup'ik village of St. Michael, Alaska and the Catholic Church in the devastating aftermath of sexual abuse perpetrated by priests in the 1960s and 1970s.
Rossi completed the B.A./M.A. program in U.S. History at Boston College. His cinematography is exhibited in many independent documentary films including Before You Know It (SXSW premiere, 2013, directed by PJ Raval) and The Sad Fates of Mr. Toledano (Tribeca Film Festival premiere 2015, directed by Joshua Seftel).
Rossi's current projects include:a feature-length documentary about Barry Duncan, a self-proclaimed master of reversibility honing his skills in an effort to reassess his life, and possibly change the world; a series of four short films for , profiling U.S. Olympic rowers; and a one hour American Experience film about America's first subway, which had its film festival premiere on October 1 at the GlobeDocs Film Festival as part of Boston's Hub Week. The Race Underground will broadcast nationally on PBS on January 31, 2017.
Meet the Filmmaker: Making the Documentary About America's First Subway
Doug Most, 2015
Filming Living History: An Interview With Award-Winning TV Documentary Producer Michael Rossi
Film International, 2014
Documentary Preview: "The Rise and Fall of Penn Station"
New York Preservation Archive Project, 2013
Michael Rossi films “Making Nothing Happen: The Strange Poetics of Barry Duncan”
Believer Magazine, 2012
Filmmaker Michael Rossi Tackles Wordplay with his AG-AF100
Emmy Award for Outstanding New Approaches in a Daytime Children Series
Academy of Television Arts & Sciences, 2012