Rossi Films



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, World Channel, 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 twenty 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; produced a series of short films for Freedom Summer @ 50, profiling participants of the 1964 Freedom Summer project in Mississippi; and made a series of four short films for The Boys of '36, profiling U.S. Olympic rowers. Most recently, Rossi produced, wrote, and directed The Race Underground, a one hour American Experience film about America's first subway, which had a film festival premiere in October 2016 at the GlobeDocs Film Festival and a national PBS broadcast in January 2017. 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 and teaches in the Film Studies department at Boston College. His cinematography is exhibited in many independent documentary films including The Sad Fates of Mr. Toledano (Tribeca Film Festival premiere 2015, directed by Joshua Seftel) and Before You Know It (SXSW premiere, 2013, directed by PJ Raval).

Rossi's current projects include: The Master Palindromist, 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; Stories from the Stage, a live, storytelling series that premiered nationally on PBS in January 2018; and Mr. Tornado, a one-hour film about Tetsuya Fujita.

New Documentary Details Life and Career of Ted Fujita, 'Mr, Tornado'

Weather Underground, Category 6, 2020

'Mr. Tornado' Features 1974 Super Outbreak That Hit Xenia, Cincinnati
Cincinnati Public Radio, Cincinnati Edition, 2020

Faculty member Michael Rossi tells the story of one man's pursuit to understand the deadliest storms
Boston College Chronicle, 2020

The Race Underground presents an engrossing look at Boston's first Big Dig
The Boston Globe, 2017

The Race Underground: Film Review
Los Angeles Times, 2017

"MetroFocus" Interview with Michael Rossi
WNET/Thirteen, 2017

Jose Martinez talks about "The Race Underground" with filmmaker Michael Rossi
NY1, "In Transit," 2017

Radio Interview with Michael Rossi, Preview of 'The Race Underground'
WGTD Public Radio, Racine/Kenosha, Wisconsin, 2017

Newbury historian-turned-filmmaker goes 'underground' in Boston
Newburyport Daily News, 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
Panasonic, 2012

Emmy Award for Outstanding New Approaches in a Daytime Children Series
Academy of Television Arts & Sciences, 2012

Webby Award People's Voice Winner
The Webby Awards, 2020

Silver Telly Award, Stories from the Stage, Television General Cultural Category
Bronze Telly Award, Stories from the Stage, Television Craft Editing Category

Bronze Telly Award, Stories from the Stage, Television General Live Events Category

The Telly Awards, 2019