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2014 Austin Film Festival and Conference Schedule
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Vanessa Roth

director Aging Out, Close To Home, The Untouchables, American Teacher
Twitter: @thetexaspromise
Producer/Director, Vanessa Roth has written, produced and directed award-winning non-fiction films and headed up social issue reform efforts through storytelling for nearly 20 years. Roth’s work has earned her dozens of honors including an Academy Award, two Sundance Special Jury Prizes, Cine Golden Eagles, Casey Medals, a Dupont-Columbia Award which is the broadcast equivalent of the Pulitzer Prize, and most recently, a MacArthur grant.Her films have been catalysts for national progressive social change, received the highest accolades in documentary filmmaking, have been internationally released theatrically and broadcast on PBS, HBO, A&E, ESPN the Sundance Channel and Discovery.Ms. Roth’s films are also used as tools for training new educators, lawyers, judges, social workers, journalists and filmmakers, and have been seen by 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, at NBC’s Education Nation and as the featured film at International education and child welfare Summits.She is a Thought Partner of the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation focusing on the voices of students and teachers in public schools, works with the NYC DOE on projects that foster innovative and empowering work with teachers and produces short films and campaigns for a variety of non-profits. She is an Adjunct Professor at the NYU School of Journalism and a frequent key- note speaker on child advocacy through storytelling. Some of Roth’s films include: Taken in: The Lives of America’s Foster Children, Close to Home, Aging Out, Schools of the 21st Century, 9/11’s Toxic Dust, No Tomorrow, Freeheld, Third Monday in October, American Teacher, The Other Side the upcoming Untouchables and THE TEXAS PROMISE.  Vanessa received a Masters Degree in Social Work and a minor in Family Law from Columbia University in 1995. She has three children and lives in Brooklyn, NY.