Bob Giraldi.

Award-winning film and television director Bob Giraldi brings an independent hand to everything he touches. From Michael Jackson’s music video for “Beat It” to his latest short film “A Poet Long Ago,” Giraldi has produced and directed over 4,000 unique visual masterpieces.

Diverse as he is talented, Bob Giraldi has directed everything from television commercials and documentaries to feature films and short films, including “Dinner Rush,” starring Danny Aiello, John Corbett and Sandra Bernhard, which appeared on a number of Top 10 lists and was selected for The Museum of Modern Art’s Films Series. His commercials and films reside in MoMA’s permanent collection, Baseball’s Hall of Fame, AICP permanent collection, Advertising Hall Fame and the Art Director’s Club alongside artists such as Andy Warhol, Annie Leibovitz, Mary Ellen Mark and Bruce Weber.

An original “Mad Man,” Giraldi was a creative director at the famous Y&R Ad Agency in the middle of the advertising creative revolution of the 70s, earning him the distinction of being named one of 101 Stars Behind 100 Years of Advertising. He heads Giraldi Media, a New York based production company founded by Giraldi himself in 1973. Additionally, he serves as Chair of the MPS Live Action Short Film Program at the School of Visual Art, where he has taught budding filmmakers for a collective 22 years.

This year Giraldi became the only director ever to be inducted into the Advertising Hall of Fame, a first in the organization’s 65 year history. In 2011, he was given NYC International Film Festival’s first ever “Lifetime Achievement Award.”

Currently he is in pre-production on two feature films “Life Artist” and “Sustenance” and is slated to direct a TV series for PBS in the Spring of 2014.