Hey, I'm Halo!

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Halo Rossetti | Writer/Director

Halo Rossetti (they/them) is a writer, director, performer, and artist, worldbuilding positive futures in the husk of the capitalist experiment. In their work, through the production of film, video, and performance, they practice worldbuilding as a means to convey their belief that decolonizing, queering, and regenerating are linked processes. Rossetti was Temple University's nominee for the Tribeca Film Institute/Sloan Discovery Student Award 2020, with their TV pilot, WELL.

Rossetti's short film, SUNRIDER, premiered at Les Femmes Underground International Film Festival in Phoenix, AZ in September 2018, and was featured at a MONO NO AWARE screening at Anthology Film Archives in New York in April 2018. SUNRIDER was also officially selected for Lift'Off's First-Time Filmmaker Sessions, September 2019. SUNRIDER was also part of the screening program for "SUPERHOST" at Like a Little Disaster in Polignano a Mare, Italy, from August 4th - October 15th, 2019. SUNRIDER was also officially selected for The Bush Films' Queer Sci-Fi & Fantasy Short Films screening on August 25th, 2020.

Rossetti's short film, The French Chef with Julia Child: Abortifacient Herbs, premiered and was a finalist in the Get Free Film Fest in Los Angeles, 2019, was officially selected for Planet 9 Film Fest in October, 2019, and was the featured video for Vox Populi's 4th Wall film and video program, September 6-October 13, 2019.

Rossetti's short film, Hold, has been officially selected for LesFlicks film festival in November 2019, and will be distributed via LesFlicks' Video on Demand distribution platform. Rossetti's short films, Hold and Wait, were screened as part of "Positive Futures," co-curated by Rossetti and Loraine Wible, at Vox Populi in May 2019. Six of Rossetti's short films were aired in an anthology called "HOW TO FOOD" on PhillyCAM in April 2019.

Rossetti's short films, Kiwi Time! and Lemon Nipple were officially selected for the Hacker Porn Film Festival in Rome, Italy, April 24-30, 2020. Kiwi Time! premiered at Temple University's Diamond Screen Film Festival on 4.30.19. Lemon Nipple premiered at Temple University's "Diamond Screen: Women's Fest" on March 13, 2019. Rossetti's short film, Fruitr, premiered at Temple University's "Diamond Screen: DiamondQ LGBTQ+ Film Festival" on October 7, 2019. Rossetti's short film, Valentine's Day After, premiered at Temple University's "Diamond Screen: Women's Fest" on March 18, 2020.

Rossetti's artwork has been shown in New York, Tehran, Talinn, Oslo, Mexico City (as part of the collective Silvershed), and in the regional US. They have performed all over NYC and Brooklyn, and premiered original work at Dixon Place Theater. Their work has been featured in "EMERGENCY INDEX." They have taught, curated, guest-critiqued, and performed at BHQFU. They are a former artist-in-residence at The Shandaken Project and at the Prattsville Art Center and Residency. They have been interviewed in Adult Mag, GO Magazine, and The Temple News, and have contributed writing to HuffPost, HuffPost Queer Voices, The Establishment, Luna Luna Mag, RENDER, artforum.com, The Brooklyn Rail, and The American Reader, as well as various artist catalogues. Rossetti was on ArtCritical's Review Panel in 2013, gave an artist's talk at Parsons in 2015, and will be on a panel about queer filmmaking at The College of New Jersey in November 2020. Rossetti currently teaches media arts and screenwriting at Temple University.

My Projects

Projects I'm Supporting

Zaynab the Great and the Giant Plastic Monster

Los Angeles, California Writing & Publishing
Adventure, Family

Zaynabthegreat.com Zaynab the Great is a revolutionary kid's book about plastic pollution, friendship, and community activism.

126%

This project got the green light!

The Longshot Collective

Jamul, California Film Feature
Adventure, Comedy

This multi-part dark-comedy offers glimpses into the lives of over 20 people, on the same desert road, over the span of five decades.

150%

This project got the green light!

The Dowager (Rocky Mountain Mythology)

Salt Lake City, Utah Film Short
Western, Drama

A farmer holds her husband's angel hostage in an attempt to cheat death

98%

This project got the green light!

Uncontrol

Houston, Texas Film Short
Horror, Thriller

Deep in the throes of psychosis brought on by neglected OCD, a woman comes to face her inner demon.

103%

This project got the green light!

Melissa Center is...Marrying Jake Gyllenhaal

Los Angeles, California Film Feature
Comedy, Musical

What starts out as her mom's pesky fantasy (and mild-to-moderate obsession...ok MAJOR obsession) turns into a full - on MISSION as Melissa,

155%

This project got the green light!

My First Shot

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania Film Short
Drama

Will, a young man with Down Syndrome, adjusts to post graduation life with a set of new obstacles and new friends.

241%

This project got the green light!

Frank & Emmet

Los Angeles, California Film Short
Comedy, Drama

Life-long friends sit down to have a much-needed conversation and address the one thing they've never discussed: One of them is a puppet.

182%

This project got the green light!

MOTHMAN: An Anti-Hate Superhero Comedy

Greensboro, North Carolina Film Short
Action, Comedy

After discovering the tampering of a student election, Ronnie Reed must become MOTHMAN to save the campus from an evil fraternity.

107%

This project got the green light!

The Pros of Cons

Atlanta, Georgia Film Feature
Comedy, Mystery

This comedy tells the story of a con man who finally meets his match.

80%

This project got the green light!

Colours: The Short Film

New York City, New York Film Short
Drama, Teen

Two friends are forced to face family trauma and secrets that threatens their relationship and changes their world view.

88%

This project got the green light!

Lessons with Martha

Los Angeles, California Film Short
Drama

A busy young man visits his grandmother and discovers she has dementia. They only connect over the piano lessons she gave him as a child.

216%

This project got the green light!

Tiny Homes for Camp Fire Survivors

Sacramento, California Film Short
Documentary

With hundreds still displaced after losing everything to the Camp Fire, a local mom builds tiny homes for survivors.

117%

This project got the green light!

Wilmington on Fire: Chapter II

Wilmington, North Carolina Film Feature
Documentary, History

Over 120 years have passed since the 1898 massacre in Wilmington. Some things have changed. But some things still remain the same.

109%

This project got the green light!

The City He Forgets

Atlanta, Georgia Film Short
Drama

An urban developer with memory loss reconnects with some old friends and Ayesha, an environmentalist who opposes his plans for a smart city.

100%

This project got the green light!

Earthshine & Night Glow

Los Angeles, California Film Short
Drama, Romance

A tale of two short films. One drama, one romance - both for the heart.

171%

This project got the green light!

CALLE DE LA RESISTENCIA: EL MUSICAL

Los Angeles, California Film Feature
Musical, Drama

A journalist returns home after a devastating loss, only to later find himself in the middle of protests that will unite his entire nation.

110%

This project got the green light!

Distance

Los Angeles, California Film Short
Drama

Two sisters are forced to reunite when the despondent younger sibling is kicked out of college and refuses to seek help.

104%

This project got the green light!

PONY — a short film by Halo Rossetti

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania Film Short
Drama, LGBTQ

A late-'90s genderqueer pre-teen defies a grieving mother to embody their true gender and sexual identities in the wake of a family tragedy.

108%

This project got the green light!

Broken Things

Bozeman, Montana Film Short
Sci-Fi

A family has survived a virus that decimated the world, but when one is infected the others must make the ultimate choice: life or death?

87%

This project got the green light!

Hex & Rage

Los Angeles, California Film Short
Comedy, Drama

Two teen witches avenge their friend by hexing the man who assaulted her. Unfortunately, the hex goes awry in ways they did not expect.

114%

This project got the green light!

Black Enough Season Two!

Charlottesville, Virginia Series
Comedy, Drama

A kaleidoscope of Black students strive to find their inner magic in order to survive at a predominately white college.

106%

This project got the green light!

Behind the Yellow House

Albuquerque, New Mexico Series
Drama

Behind the Yellow House is the true story of Maggie. Born into a WITCHES COVEN,we follow her early years as she is introduced to her destiny

81%

This project got the green light!

Mildly Different

Maynooth, Ireland Film Short
Drama, Other

An edgy drama about a young woman on the autistic spectrum who struggles w/ all around her until the kindness of one person changes her life

101%

This project got the green light!

SEPARATION

Los Angeles, California Film Short
Horror, Thriller

After stumbling on a crime outside his apartment building, a black man & his white neighbor try to figure out the best way to deal with it.

100%

This project got the green light!

THAT NIGHT

Chicago, Illinois Film Feature
Adventure, Comedy

An unknown artist is forced to confront his career ambitions during a drunken night with his irreverent group of friends.

103%

This project got the green light!

body subpoena (working title)

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania Film Short
Documentary, Experimental

BODY SUBPOENA is a raw exploration of generational trauma and girlhood, using poetry and documentary to visualize how the body has a memory.

100%

This project got the green light!

The Night She Was Followed Home

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania Film Short
Horror, Thriller

A college girl has a little too much to drink and decides to walk home...alone. She soon realizes everything is not as it seems. Will she su

100%

This project got the green light!

FRAUD

New York City, New York Film Short
Drama, LGBTQ

Shira Rose Loewenstein is a trans rocker girl who is funding her transition the only way she knows how... petty identity theft.

141%

This project got the green light!

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