The IDA is an important organization that has kept the flame alive for documentaries for over 25 years. To borrow a phrase from my favorite Vulcan, let's help the IDA to, "Live Long and Prosper."
Michael Rose heads up his own boutique production company that currently is specializing in programming for television. He has directed, written, and or produced over two hundred programs that have aired around the world. The company is actively developing new programming.
Prior to forming his own company, Rose worked as a director, writer producer for the General Motors Corp. for ten years. While there, he directed a wide range of projects from the very small to multi-million dollar extravaganzas for auto shows, schools, amusement parks and other public venues. He was often asked to work with outside organizations such as the AMA, the Pew Trust, AARP, the EPA and the Southern Law Center to develop educational documentaries for them that were funded by General Motors.
Before joining GM, he worked on a number of independent documentaries, produced a radio series on National Security and landed a spot on the post production side of several television movies of the week, series and specials as an assistant and apprentice editor to John Martinelli, president of ACE at the time. Rose was interested in editing because one of Hitchcock’s editors told him that being an editor was the best way to learn what you needed to shoot as a director.
Storytelling has been Rose’s passion since college where he discovered the power of media to make social change. He decided to find a way to channel his interests into filmmaking. His first film at the UCLA film school prompted an ongoing research and advocacy effort that has shut down a nuclear reactor halted the resumption of the ocean disposal of nuclear waste and stopped a California valley from becoming a nuclear dump.
He is constantly looking for dramatic new stories and ways to share his interests with the public through filmmaking. One independent effort, a biography of labor leader Walter Reuther, won a local Emmy.
Active in a variety of trade and professional organizations, he is a member of the DGA, the WGA, the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences and a former board member of the International Documentary Association. He has written for several publications about the international media landscape and participates in industry seminar panels.
Rose’s work has won numerous awards over the years including an Emmy, two Cine Golden Eagles, several educational film awards and he has had his films screened at international film festivals.
He holds a master's degree in motion picture and film production from the UCLA Film School and a bachelor's degree in history, also from UCLA.