Michael Rossi

Michael Rossi

Independent Filmmaker

Organization: Rossi Films


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 childrens 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 the first subway in America, which had a film festival premiere in October 2016 at the GlobeDocs Film Festival and a national PBS broadcast in January 2017. Credits for Frontline include The Silence, which traces the healing between the small, Yupik 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 & Television department at Boston University and the Film program 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).

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; and Stories from the Stage, a storytelling television series for the World Channel set to premiere in October 2017.