Documentary produced by UWM alum wins Academy Award

A UWM alum is now a two-time Oscar winner.

Josh Rosenberg, a 2006 graduate in broadcast journalism, is one of the producers of “The Last Repair Shop,” which won an Academy Award on Sunday for documentary short film.

“The Last Repair Shop” tells a heartwarming story about the master craftspeople who service the 80,000 musical instruments for the Los Angeles public school system.

Rosenberg also shared an Academy Award in 2022 for “The Queen of Basketball,” which tells the story of overlooked legend Lusia “Lucy” Harris, who scored the first basket in women’s Olympic history and remains the only woman to ever be officially drafted to the NBA.

Rosenberg gives credit to his education at UWM and especially his broadcast journalism teacher, Mark Zoromski, now retired.

“My love for telling amazing stories was cemented during my time at UWM,” Rosenberg said. “Mark Zoromski instilled in me the power of humanity in your storytelling. If you can make the audience care, they will follow you anywhere. Oscars are great. But what is even more impactful is honoring someone who shares their most valuable asset with you – their story.”

Rosenberg asked that people consider contributing to the Last Repair Shop Fund, a joint effort by the filmmakers and the Los Angeles Unified School District Education Foundation to support and enhance the access to music and arts in L.A. public schools.

The presentation of the documentary short feature award was one of the charming highlights of the Oscars telecast, as one of the young musicians in the film, 12-year-old violinist Porché Brinker, accompanied filmmakers Ben Proudfoot and Kris Bowers to accept the award.

“The Last Repair Shop” is available to watch on Disney+ and Hulu as well as on the Los Angeles Times’ YouTube channel and, as part of the L.A. Times Short Docs series.

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