Rosa is a Writer, Director, and Producer who has worked in media production for over 15 years. She has independently produced films, music videos, Grammy selected music albums and international events. The first short film she has written and directed, titled XING, has won 6 awards and has been accepted to 18 film festivals – most notably in Cannes at the Short Film Corner 2017. The XING short is a “proof of concept” for the feature length script she wrote which is currently in development.
Rosa comes from two generations of family members who have worked in entertainment and who are award winning TV and documentary film producers. Rosa was first immersed in the behind-the-scenes processes when she started to intern on film sets with 16 years of age: these experiences endowed her with intrinsic knowledge as well as below-the-line perspectives that have strengthened her above-the-line pursuits.
Following the internships, Rosa transitioned to filmmaking by working as a technician; she has worked as a member of IATSE Hollywood Local 695 as a Production Sound Mixer since 2007. Past employers have included Warner Brothers, Paramount Pictures, Fox, NBCUniversal/ Telemundo as well as the following networks: Hallmark, Lifetime, Discovery, NatGeo, and more. In 2017 Rosa founded an independent development and production company, titled Seven Directions Studios, through which she is actively working as President and Head of Production alongside three partners. Seven Directions Studios currently has a slate of diverse productions in development at various stages, with a TV pilot shot for release in 2018.
Cumulatively, Rosa has earned credits on over one-hundred film & TV projects ranging from across the globe: the USA, Canada, India and Africa. Her professional highlights include: Video Utility on (2016) SULLY (Dir: Clint Eastwood); Video Coordinator on (2015) PARANORMAL ACTIVITY: The Ghost Dimension (Dir: Gregory Plotkin); and Recordist for (2011) THE FUTURE (Dir: Miranda July). In addition, she has a music production background, which she attained after receiving a certificate in Recording Engineering from the Institute of Audio Research in Manhattan. Rosa recorded traditional and contemporary East African music in Tanzania for a three-year ethnomusicology project from 1998 to 2001. Subsequently, Rosa has served as a Voting Member of the National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences (NARAS) for over 14 years.
Recently, Rosa was a panelist at The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences (AMPAS) annual Career Summit 2016. She has presented lectures on Production Sound and Audio Post Production for the Ojai Film Society, for whom she has been a Guest Speaker annually since 2016. In 2015, Rosa mentored female film students at Utah Valley University’s FEMME program. In 2012, Rosa gave Master Classes in Production Sound for Film and an Industry Overview seminar for film students at Orange Coast College in Costa Mesa, CA. In 2010, Rosa presented a lecture on Sound in Documentary Filmmaking as part of an event at Yale University’s Film Studies Center. Rosa enjoys mentoring individuals who aim to establish a lifelong career in the entertainment industry, and she firmly believes in volunteering her time for the arts.