Bard Benefit 2013
BARD BIRTHDAY BREAKFAST BENEFIT
Tuesday, December 10, 2013
8:30 to 10:00am
Pennsylvania Station: Archives, Preservation & StorytellingMANHATTAN PENTHOUSE 80 Fifth Avenue (at 14th Street) New York City
Mark your calendars for the Tenth Annual Bard Birthday Breakfast Benefit on December 10th!
Fifty years ago, in 1963, 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 the Archive Project in a special benefit celebration of what would have been Albert S. Bard’s 147th birthday. Michael Rossi, an independent documentary film and non-fiction television producer, will be the featured 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 terminal, and 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 13 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 PBS children’s engineering series, Design Squad Nation. His production credits for American Experience include Building the Alaska Highway, The Gold Rush, and We Shall Remain, a five-part television series and multimedia project on Native American history. 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 began his career at PBS 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. Rossi's documentary on Pennsylvania Station is expected to air on PBS in 2014.