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Fifty years ago, the demolition of New York City's Pennsylvania Station began. This monumental loss came as a shock to many, and is regarded as a major galvanizing influence on preservation advocacy and policy in the United States. To commemorate this anniversary, join us to celebrate Albert S. Bard's 147th birthday. Michael Rossi, an independent documentary film and non-fiction television producer, will be the featured Bard Breakfast speaker. Rossi is currently producing a film with director/writer Randall MacLowry of The Film Posse, Inc. about the construction of Pennsylvania Station for the award-winning PBS series American Experience. While researching this documentary Rossi has delved into extensive archives on the doomed train terminal. He will discuss the significance of archives in the process of creating historical documentary films. Introducing Rossi will be Lorraine B. Diehl, author of The Late, Great Pennsylvania Station.
Rossi has spent the last thirteen 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 Nation, which premiered nationally on PBS in January 2011. His production credits for American Experience include: Building the Alaska Highway, The Gold Rush (winner of the 2007 Erik Barnouw Award), and We Shall Remain, a five-part television series and multimedia project on Native American history. In 2011 he served as an embedded filmmaker on the American Experience Student Freedom Ride, during which 40 college students joined original Freedom Riders in retracing the 1961 bus rides from Washington, DC to New Orleans, LA. Rossi has also contributed to PBS's Frontline, including a thirty-minute documentary entitled The Silence.
A graduate of the B.A./M.A. program in U.S. History at Boston College, Rossi's career at PBS began in the Educational Programming department at WGBH Boston. In addition to work in public television, his company, Rossi Films, has completed a variety of production work on documentaries, feature films, television shows, music videos, and commercials. The documentary on Pennsylvania Station is expected to air on PBS in 2014.