About Filmmaker Andrew Rossi
Andrew Rossi is the Emmy-nominated director and producer of documentary films including Page One: Inside The New York Times (2011), following the inner working of the New York Times media desk; Ivory Tower (2014), about the challenges facing higher education; A Table In Heaven (2008), following the Italian family behind Le Cirque restaurant; Bronx Gothic (2017) about performance artist Okwui Okpokwasili; and The First Monday In May (2016) about the Metropolitan Museum of Art’s Costume Institute.
Andrew has been nominated for three Emmy awards, including two for Page One, which was one of the highest grossing theatrical documentaries of 2011. Premiering in competition at the Sundance Film Festival, Page One looks at the crisis in the newspaper industry to understand how competition from online media and the decline in print advertising is leading to a contraction in traditional journalism. As Hendrik Hertzberg wrote in the New Yorker, “Page One is surprisingly moving, and not a little chilling, because of the way it shows the Times’ reporters and editors bravely upholding their noble craft against an ominous backdrop of business-side global warming.”
Ivory Tower was nominated for an Emmy for Best Business and Financial reporting following its broadcast on CNN. Although the film is a polemic about the perils of student debt and the rising cost of college, Ivory Tower also celebrates the core promise of college as a path to social mobility and the middle class. Co-distributed by Participant Media, Ivory Tower was ranked as one of the best documentaries of 2014 by Indiewire and premiered at the Sundance Film Festival. Through Participant’s social action outreach the film was screened for state legislators in California and Wisconsin and for several groups that work to reform higher education and student debt. In conjunction with the release, Andrew also wrote editorials on higher education’s “cost disease” for Time.com, CNN.com and the Daily Beast.
A look behind the scenes of two of New York’s cultural institutions, The First Monday in May follows the creation of “China: Through The Looking Glass,” the most attended fashion exhibition in the history of The Costume Institute at The Metropolitan Museum of Art, and the 2015 Met Gala, the event that celebrates the opening of the exhibition. The First Monday in May debuted as the Opening Night film at the Tribeca Film Festival, 2016 and went on to a theatrical release throughout the United States, Europe, Japan and Australia.
Bronx Gothic premiered at the Full Frame Film Festival and began its theatrical release at New York’s Film Forum in the summer of 2017. The film delivers a vérité portrait of performer Okwui Okpokwasili and interrogates the themes in her piece, which Hilton Als described as “a tour de force on the order of Toni Morrison’s The Bluest Eye.” RogerEbert.com said the film was “A stirring ode to the liberating catharsis of artistic expression.”
Andrew also produced Kate Novack’s feature documentary, The Gospel According to Andre about former Vogue creative director Andre Leon Talley which premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival in 2017 and won the Best Documentary award at the Melbourne Queer Film Festival. Slated for a world-wide theatrical in 2018, Variety described the film as a “beautiful testament to the former Vogue editor who rose from humble beginnings in North Carolina to become arguably the high fashion world’s first major African-American tastemaker.”
Through his New York based production company Abstract, Andrew produces content for film and television. Most recently he produced multiple true crime documentaries directed by Erin Lee Carr for HBO including Thought Crimes (2015), about law enforcement’s attempt to police online activity, which the New York Times described as “a primer for the century ahead,” and Mommy Dead and Dearest (2017), about the shocking murder of Dee Dee Blanchard, which CNN.com described as “a twisted and twisty documentary that’s…true crime at it’s best.”
Andrew is an active member of the documentary film community, participating in panels and on juries at film festivals including Full Frame, Doc NYC, HIFF and the SXSW alumni mentor program. He has also been a guest lecturer in several documentary film and journalism classes including at Brooklyn College and the Harvard Extension School, among others.