An Academy Award winning filmmaker, Vanessa has written, produced and directed non-fiction films and headed up national outreach campaigns through storytelling for 20 years. Roth’s work has earned her dozens of honors including an Academy Award, Sundance Special Jury Prizes, Cine Golden Eagles, Casey Medals, a Dupont-Columbia Award and a MacArthur grant. All of her films have been internationally released theatrically, on television and through digital platforms including Amazon, hulu, Netflix, DIRECTV, iTunes, XBox, PBS, HBO, A&E, ESPN, the Sundance Channel and Discovery. The goal of Ms. Roth's work is to ignite community and national conversation through outreach and impact campaigns. Her films have also been shown in the White House, Congress, the National Governor’s Association, the United Nations and have been featured on Oprah, NPR, at the Youth Presidential Inauguration events, and at international education and child welfare Summits.
Some of Roth’s films include: The Texas Promise, American Teacher, Freeheld, The Other Side, Third Monday in October, No Tomorrow, Aging Out, 9/11’s Toxic Dust, Close to Home, Taken in: The Lives of America’s Foster Children and the upcoming Untouchables. Vanessa holds a Masters Degree in Social Work with a minor in Family Law from Columbia University.