Filmmakers

Vanessa Roth

Producer/Director

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.

livio sanchez

Producer/editor

Livio Sanchez is an award-winning editor with an extensive and diverse body of work including independent films, documentaries, music videos and commercials. He has worked with such notable directors as Kathryn Bigelow, Sebastian Cordero, Scott Hicks, The Hughes Brothers, Janusz Kaminski, Chris Milk, Vanessa Roth, Adam Shankman and Marc Webb. He also works with advertising agencies such as The Martin Agency, GSD&M, DDB, Weiden & Kennedy, and advertisers and brands such as Microsoft, Nike, Google, Anheuser Busch, The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, ESPN and PBS. Livio has been honored with numerous awards for editing including Clio, Cannes and D&AD Advertising Awards as well AICP, AICE and MVPA.

Devorah Brand

Co-Producer/Field Director

Devorah Brand has co-produced education based projects for The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, Success Charter Network and the NYC Department of Education for Big Year Productions. She is also a Co-Producer on two feature documentaries being produced/directed by Roth; The Untouchables and The Texas Promise and a Producer on Florence, Arizona by Andrea B. Scott. She has produced, directed and edited El Hogar Maria Christina, Viva, Bolivia! and FATH and has filmed for MADE HERE, PlumTV and ESPN X Games.

Scott Thurman

Austin Co-Producer/ Co-Field Director/Camera

Born in Lubbock, Texas Scott is an M.F.A. graduate in documentary film from the University of North Texas. He has worked as a news photographer for 4 years and produced 3 independent documentaries, including the Dupont Award Winning, The Revisionaries about the educational standards review process by the Texas Board of Education.

Arthur Yee

Camera

Arthur Yee has worked with Ms. Roth on documentaries including No Tomorrow, Aging Out, Third Monday in October and The Other Side. His work has also appeared on PBS, AMC, A&E, National Geographic, Discovery, NBC, FOX, HGTV, MSNBC, VH1, and The History Channel.

Zachary Sprague

Camera

Zachary Sprague is a life long resident of the Lone Star State, who moved to Austin in 2009 after graduating from the University of North Texas. Zac's experience as a camera operator began at his home town's local CBS affiliate in 2004 but since then he has steadily pursued a career in film, spending the past three years at work in Austin's local commercial and feature film industry as well as helping lens Scott Thurman's 2012 documentary The Revisionaries.

Jennifer Sun Kim

Production/Post-Production Researcher and Coordinator

Jennifer Kim studied broadcast journalism and history at New York University. While she had originally intended to pursue post-grad studies in medieval history, a chance summer internship working on a film about Sudan hooked her into the world of documentary filmmaking. Ever since, she has been fascinated by documentary as a medium to inform and educate people about all kinds of issues, ranging from Sudanese politics to public education in Texas.

Alexandra Nikolchev

Assistant Editor

Alexandra Nikolchev has edited and produced for the PBS national news show Need to Know, where she was nominated for an Emmy as field producer for an investigative series on the U.S. Border Patrol. Additional credits include camera and associate producer for Moyers & Company and additional editing for Big Year Productions' documentary American Teacher. Alexandra is a graduate of New York University’s News and Documentary Master’s program, an International Center for Journalists and Knife Foundation fellow and has a BA in Rhetoric from University of California, Berkeley.

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