Michael Rossato-Bennett


Film Projects

Public bio

Michael Rossato-Bennett, Director/Producer Rossato-Bennett studied film at Temple University and studied lighting witht family friend Vilmos Zigmond. His films include, 'Street Dance', a one-hour 16mm documentary on the emerging Break-Dance and Tick-tism scene in Cincinnati, Ohio funded by the Ohio Arts Council. 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 he founded a photo studio and specialized in travel photography, shooting for National Geographic, Smithsonian, Islands Magazine, Travel and Leisure, British Heritage among others. He published two books and began 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, he is in production on four documentaries. In 2015 he founded The Alive Inside Foundation dedicated to creating connections through music between the generations.