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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, 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. Most recently he received a 2020 Webby Award for his work as Producer, Director, and Editor of Stories from the Stage, a live, storytelling series in its fourth season on PBS. 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; The Bombing of Wall Street; and The Race Underground. 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 created a series of four short films for The Boys of '36, profiling U.S. Olympic rowers. Most recently, Rossi produced, wrote, and directed Mr. Tornado, a one-hour American Experience film about famed severe weather expert Tetsuya Theodore Fujita, which had a national PBS broadcast in May 2020. 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 Art, Art History, and Film 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.
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
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
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