Adjunct professor and Master Class teacher, Vanessa Roth, directed American Teacher, now screening across the country.
Biography from Big Year Productions
Academy Award winning filmmaker Vanessa Roth has been writing, producing and directing pivotal documentary films, spots, specials and multimedia projects for more than a decade. Her work has been honored with dozens of additional awards including the Sundance Special Jury Prize, the Casey Journalism Silver Medal, the Cine Golden Eagle, and the Alfred I DuPont-Columbia, which is the broadcast equivalent to the Pulitzer Prize. Her films, which combine documentary storytelling with national outreach campaigns, have premiered at the top tier festivals, in theaters across the country, as prime time specials on PBS, HBO, Discovery, A&E and the Sundance Channel, and have been influential in national policy reform. Her work has been featured on Oprah, NPR, as the media centerpiece of the 2008 Bill and Melinda Gates International Education Summit, and at President Obama’s Inaugural Youth Events in DC in 2009. Vanessa is also an Adjunct Professor at the Arthur L. Carter Journalism Institute at NYU and a frequent key note speaker about exploring large social issues through intimate portraits of people. Before making films, Vanessa worked as a child advocate in public schools and family courts in New York and California. She holds a Masters degree in Social Work from Columbia University.