Andrew Rossi

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Andrew Rossi
Andrew Rossi at work
OccupationFilm director, film producer, cinematographer, editor

Andrew Rossi is an American filmmaker, best known for directing documentaries such as Page One: Inside the New York Times (2011).[1][2]


Rossi is the founder of Abstract Productions, a company that produces film and television through collaborations with various directors and producers.[3]

In 2011 Rossi directed Page One: Inside the New York Times, which premiered at the Sundance Film Festival and was nominated for two News & Documentary Emmys and a 2011 Critics' Choice Award for Best Documentary.[4][5] The film was co-distributed by Magnolia Pictures and Participant Media and grossed over $1 million at the domestic box office.[6][7][8]

His work has appeared on Netflix, the History Channel, Sundance Channel, MTV Networks and HBO, including Le Cirque: A Table In Heaven, which premiered on HBO in 2008.[9][10][11]

In 2013 Rossi was one of the first directors to be commissioned by CNN Films to develop feature-length documentaries for theatrical and television distribution by CNN,[12][13] including his next film about the transformation of higher education.[14]

The film, Ivory Tower, premiered at the Sundance Film Festival and was theatrically distributed in 2014 by Samuel Goldwyn Films and Participant Media. After airing on CNN, the film was nominated for a News & Documentary Emmy for outstanding business and economic reporting.[15]

In 2015 Rossi produced Thought Crimes, an HBO documentary about the case of the Cannibal Cop that examines the First Amendment implications of policing communication in fantasy forums online.[16] This was his first collaboration with director Erin Lee Carr.

Rossi's next film, The First Monday in May (2016), focused on the annual Met Gala and the Met's Costume Institute. The movie premiered as the opening night film at the 2016 Tribeca Film Festival and went on to gross over $1M at the worldwide box office.

In 2017, Rossi produced Carr's follow up to Thought Crimes for HBO, Mommy Dead And Dearest. Premiering at the SXSW Film Festival, the film tells the shocking story of Gypsy Rose Blancharde, who killed her mother after a lifetime of abuse as a victim of Dee Dee's Munchausen by proxy syndrome.[17] They went on to produce Carr's two part film I Love You, Now Die: The Commonwealth Vs. Michelle Carter with the same team at Abstract Productions, premiering on HBO in 2019.

The next film Rossi directed was Bronx Gothic, a collaboration with writer and performer Okwui Okpokwasili that captures her critically acclaimed one-woman show, Bronx Gothic.[18] Writing in the New Yorker, Hilton Als called Okpowasili's Bronx Gothic "A tour de force on the order of Toni Morrison's The Bluest Eye, the author's seminal text on black girlhood and power."[19]

In 2018 Rossi produced Kate Novack's The Gospel According to Andre, a biopic about legendary fashion editor Andre Leon Talley. He also executive produced the Netflix series 7 Days Out, directing episodes on the scientists and engineers behind NASA's Cassini mission, a final haute couture show from designer Karl Lagerfeld and the Westminster Dog Show.


Early life and education[edit]

Rossi grew up in New York and was a first generation college student, graduating from Yale College and Harvard Law School.


  1. ^ The New York Times
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  4. ^ "'Armadillo,' 'Better This World' and 'Enemies of the People' Nominated for News and Doc Emmy Awards | Filmmakers, Film Industry, Film Festivals, Awards & Movie Reviews". Indiewire. 2012-10-26. Retrieved 2013-08-16.
  5. ^ "Critics' Choice Movie Awards 2012 Winners and Nominees". 2012-01-12. Archived from the original on 2017-01-18. Retrieved 2013-08-16.
  6. ^ Fleming, Mike (January 24, 2011). "Sundance: Participant Media, Magnolia Team For New York Times Docu Page One". Retrieved February 1, 2011.
  7. ^ Brooks, Brian (January 24, 2011). "Magnolia & Participant Team for Page One in the U.S." indieWIRE. Retrieved February 1, 2011.[permanent dead link]
  8. ^ "Page One: A Year Inside the New York Times" September 20, 2011. Accessed 2011-09-20.
  9. ^ "A Documentary About the Business of Food". Eat This New York. Archived from the original on 2010-11-06. Retrieved 2011-01-11.
  10. ^ "Le Cirque: Home". HBO. Archived from the original on 29 January 2011. Retrieved 2011-01-11.
  11. ^ Fleming, Mike. "Spike TV Pacts With Submarine To Hatch Non-Scripted Shows". Retrieved 2013-08-16.
  12. ^ Barnes, Brooks (2012-10-08). "CNN Creates Documentary Unit". The New York Times.
  13. ^ "Soon to Be 'The Most Trusted Name in Docs'? CNN Launches Nonfiction Division with 'Girl Rising' | International Documentary Association". Retrieved 2013-08-16.
  14. ^ "CNN Films Announces Acquisitions, Production Deals at Sundance – CNN Press Room - Blogs". 2013-01-18. Retrieved 2013-08-16.
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  20. ^ "A Documentary About the Business of Food". Eat This New York. Archived from the original on 2010-11-25. Retrieved 2011-01-11.

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