Michael Rohrbaugh’s work engages viewers by way of the gut, the heart, and the head. Harnessing media as tool for change, his team’s latest PSA champions global gay rights and helps drive donations to The Russia Freedom Fund, a charity supporting Russia’s LGBT community. Released online two days before The Sochi Winter Olympics, the piece quickly went viral, receiving over 1 million views and 5,000+ comments. Worldwide press included The Huffington Post, Luerzer’s Archive, RT, The Advocate, and PolicyMic.
Combining his passion for film and teaching, Rohrbaugh spent part of 2013 living in Kenya, leading workshops on behalf of Y-Fi Africa, a non-profit inspiring the next generation of African filmmakers. Outside the social justice arena, he commands a decade of experience working as an editor/writer/producer with clients ranging from Viacom to Sony to NBCUniversal.
Rohrbaugh received his bachelor’s degree from Yale University and his Master’s in Fine Arts from The UCLA School of Theater, Film, and Television. His award winning short, The Perfect Gentleman, played at festivals across the country, including The Newport Beach Film Festival and The Rochester International Film Festival.
Rohrbaugh is currently developing a dramatic feature set during the final days of Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell. He is represented for television and theatrical directing by Angelina Chen at Energy Entertainment.
EDITING / WRITING / PRODUCING
Bravo / On-Air Promotions / Los Angeles / 2015
SONY Pictures Entertainment / Creative Services / Los Angeles / 2014
The Style Network / On-Air Promotions / Los Angeles / 2012 – 2013
The Oprah Winfrey Network (OWN) / On-Air Promotions / Los Angeles / 2011
MTV Networks / On Air-Promotions / New York / 2005 – 2006
Nick Jr. / On Air-Promotions / New York / 2004 – 2005
The UCLA School of Film and Television / Los Angeles / 2006 – 2010
Yale University / New Haven / 2000 – 2004
FESTIVALS / FELLOWSHIPS / LABS
The Saint Louis International Film Festival / 2016
The Copenhagen MIX Film Festival / 2016
The Outfest Screenwriter’s Lab / finalist / 2015
ABC / Disney Directing Fellowship / semi-finalist / 2012
The Newport Beach Film Festival / 2013
The Rochester International Film Festival / 2013
The Austin Gay and Lesbian Film Festival / 2013
The Ivy League Film Festival / 2013
The Caucus Foundation Award / 2010
The Deluxe Award / 2009
The Charles and Lucille King Family Foundation Award / 2009
The Mickey Dude Award / 2009
The Hollywood Foreign Press Award / 2008
Carl E. David Award / 2008
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