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Michael Rose
Michael Rose has directed, written, and or produced over two hundred television programs that have aired around the world. His most recent film, Elvis: Return to Tupelo, premiered last Fall on the bio channel and will be shown on PBS starting this Spring.

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.

On a roll, he received a grant from Liberty Hill to train a community group to use research, and the subsequent firestorm of media attention, to pressure companies and government officials to take action. He learned to use the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) to uncover government documents that brought to light a hidden nuclear reactor meltdown, discovered forgotten ocean dumping sites of nuke waste, revealed America’s littered past with space nukes, a secret nuclear weapons tests off the coast of So Cal and many other stories. Wielding the Fairness Doctrine he prodded several local television stations into letting him produce programs to balance the Committee on the Present Danger’s docu/propaganda they’d been running about the need to ramp up our nuclear arsenal. That insidious group was the incubator for the neocons. This led to his being asked by Pacifica’s KPFK to start an anti-nuke series to refute the Reaganites.

One independent effort, a biography of labor leader Walter Reuther he co-wrote, won a local Emmy. He’s been covering the auto industry for the past several years

Entries by Michael Rose

The Birth of the Muscle Car: The GTO's 50th Anniversary

(0) Comments | Posted May 8, 2014 | 12:34 PM

1967 Pontiac GTO, courtesy King Rose Archives

The ongoing revelations surrounding the General Motors faulty ignition switch and possible cover up, brought back memories of past deadly transgressions by the company and raised the specter of reopening its bankruptcy agreement. News about the...

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'Like Father Like Son' -- Searching for the Meaning of Family

(0) Comments | Posted January 27, 2014 | 9:41 AM

Masaharu Fukuyama as Ryota Nonomiya (Father) and Keita Nonomiya as Keita Ninomiya (Son), Courtesy Fuji Television

In most hands, a switched at birth story would be a pretty shopworn literary device. Mark Twain set a high standard with the Prince and...

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Opportunities Abound at the American Film Market

(1) Comments | Posted November 15, 2013 | 7:16 AM

Maya the Bee- Movie, courtesy Studio 100 Film

Confronted by what to do after wrapping his first film, a comedy "Nine Plus One," Toronto based, Adoniyas (he doesn't use his last name) caught a flight to Los Angeles to attend the five-day,...

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A Shot to Save the World Premiers on the Smithsonian Channel for World Polio Day

(4) Comments | Posted October 24, 2013 | 9:38 AM

Being vaccinated -- Photo courtesy of Archives Services Center, University of Pittsburgh

Two things terrified Peter Hamilton as a child growing up in Melbourne: a disaster like a bushfire overcoming his family, resulting in him being thrown into a horrible orphanage,...

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Taking the Wheels Off the Motor City

(7) Comments | Posted October 8, 2013 | 9:18 AM

Michigan State Capitol, photographer, Brian Charles Watson

On the final days of the lame duck legislative session of 2012, the majorities in the Michigan House and Senate voted to give the Governor enhanced powers to appoint emergency managers who could take over...

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Iran's Unanswered Questions

(8) Comments | Posted October 7, 2013 | 6:20 PM

Hassan Rouhani, President of Iran, UN General Assembly, UN Photo/Sarah Fretwell

The pre-government shut down news cycle was obsessed with last week's address to the United Nations General Assembly by Iran's new president, Hassan Rouhani, the handshake with Barack Obama that didn't happen...

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The Unreal Rise of Reality Television

(16) Comments | Posted September 23, 2013 | 4:23 PM

Once the home to archive driven, heavily narrated non-fiction shows featuring Nazis, sharks and WWII airplanes, a large part of cable television has opened its arms to truck drivers, crab fishermen, pawnshop owners and the denizens of Louisiana swamps as the siren song of the duck call has demonstrated that...

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The Girl Who Transformed the Paper Crane Into the Symbol for Peace and Hope

(3) Comments | Posted August 20, 2013 | 8:53 PM

Sadako Memorial -- Hiroshima Peace Park, courtesy Sadako Legacy

This week marked the 68th anniversary of the surrender of Japan bringing to a close the hostilities of World War Two. But signing the truce didn't stop the death of many who were exposed...

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Guantánamo Bay Déjà Vu

(3) Comments | Posted August 18, 2013 | 5:34 PM

Entrance to Camp Delta Guantanamo, US Navy Photographer Joshua Nistas

The specter of dying hunger striking detainees and the public reaction to the draconian methods of force-feeding the prisoners appears to be what prompted President Barack Obama to once again initiate an effort...

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Midnight's Children -- A Film Written by Salman Rushdie

(1) Comments | Posted May 1, 2013 | 11:16 PM

Satya Bhaba (Saleem) and Siddharth (Shiva), Photographer: Dusty Mancinelli

At midnight on August 15, 1947 Pakistan was born by partitioning India as the British relinquished control of their subcontinent colony. Millions of people were uprooted when Pakistan was created for the large...

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Is 40 the New 30 for People and Auto Mileage? Kicking the Tires at the LA Auto Show

(1) Comments | Posted November 30, 2012 | 6:30 PM

USC Marching Band Cheers on Mitsubishi, courtesy King Rose Archives

For years we've been hearing about the surprising vim and vigor of people who hit age milestones like 40, which once meant the downhill slide had begun. Now 40 is being touted...

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Chasing Ice: A New Documentary Melts a Climate Change Skeptic's Heart

(372) Comments | Posted November 22, 2012 | 6:20 PM

Disko Bay, Greenland, 20-story high icebergs broken off, courtesy © 2010 James Balog

Lord Voldemort, in the Harry Potter series, was referred to as "He who must not be named," out of fear of being found by the "Dark Lord" and killed...

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When Reason Clashed With Faith and Love Didn't Conquer All: A Royal Affair

(0) Comments | Posted November 12, 2012 | 11:52 AM

Mads Mikkelsen and Alicia Vikander, courtesy of Magnolia Pictures

Tired of living in a country where faith-based politicians and pundits deny the validity of science and use the public's ignorance to stir up hate and sow dissension to keep people from asking...

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The Flat: A New Film Shows You Never Know Anyone Until They're Gone

(2) Comments | Posted October 20, 2012 | 1:32 PM

Kurt and Gerda Goldfinger, courtesy of Sundance Selects

Everyone has secrets. Many are lurking in our drawers and tucked away in the back of our closets but not all of us were consorting with ex-Nazis. It's one of those things that is...

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Motor City in Ruins: 'Detropia' Reveals the Decline and Fall of the American Empire

(10) Comments | Posted September 6, 2012 | 9:00 AM

Michigan Central Railroad Station -- by Tony Hardmon

During the waning days of World War II, the Allies launched a horrific aerial assault on Dresden, a city that was known as the Florence of Germany. Nearly 4,000 tons of bombs leveled over 15 square...

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Ai Wei Wei: Never Sorry -- a Documentary at the Intersection of Art and Politics

(0) Comments | Posted July 27, 2012 | 10:14 AM


As America stood on the threshold of entering World War II, TIME and Life magazine publisher, Henry Luce, called on the country to create the "American Century." He urged Americans to "to exert upon the world the full impact of our influence, for such...

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Judge Rules It's Fair to Appropriate Abortion Clinic's Video

(3) Comments | Posted June 26, 2012 | 5:16 PM

Overturning thousands of years of common understanding of what constitutes a parody, not to mention several Supreme Court decisions, a Federal Judge in the United States District Court in Santa Ana, California ruled against an abortion clinic operator whose video had been obtained without permission by anti-abortion activists and used...

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Jobs, Jobs, Jobs and Green Too: Can Transportation Drive the Future?

(32) Comments | Posted May 6, 2012 | 4:12 PM

President Barack Obama, behind the wheel of Chevy Volt (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)

President Obama, who made rescuing the auto companies one of his first goals, officially opened his reelection campaign with a rally in Columbus, Ohio

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Academy Turns Its Back on Film Exploring the Failure of the War on Drugs

(21) Comments | Posted January 19, 2012 | 9:28 AM

Stephanie Sigman as Laura in Miss Bala -- Photo Credit Eniac Martinez

One week after promulgating rules to open up the decision-making process for documentaries to be considered for an Academy Award, the Los Angeles-based Phase One committee and the Foreign Language Award...

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Indie Filmmakers Storm the Beach at American Film Market

(4) Comments | Posted November 7, 2011 | 9:40 AM

Lobby at American Film Market, courtesy AFM

Take heart all ye hopeful, dreaming toilers in the fields of feature film production. Hearing a no from a studio doesn't mean you're dead in the water. Even George Clooney is told no. But when...

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