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Michael Rossato-Bennett: Director/Writer/Editor/Producer
a story of music and memory


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Michael Rossato-Bennett, Director/Producer
Rossato-Bennett studied film at Temple University and studied lighting with family friend Vilmos Zigmond. In 1982 he shot Street Dance a one-hour documentary on the emerging Break-Dance and Tick-tism scene in Cincinnati, Ohio funded by the Ohio Arts Council. In 1984 he co-wrote and directed Victory House, a low-budget award-winning feature that follows the fates of three young men returning to small-town Ohio after WWll. In 1989, due to personal reasons, he gave up working in film and founded a photo studio in Cincinnati. He specialized in travel photography and shot for National Geographic, Smithsonian, Islands Magazine, Travel and Leisure, British Heritage among others. During this time he published two books. In 2009 he restarted his film work in film starting Projector Media, a company dedicated to producing films for non-profits and good causes. In 2014 his feature documentary 'Alive Inside' premiered at Sundance where it won the coveted Audience Award for Documentary. The film won Milan, Provincetown, Berkshie, Sonoma and awards at SIFF, Boulder and others. The film is changing the way we care for elders world wide. At present, Projector Media is in production on four documentaries.