Vanessa Vadim

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Vanessa Vadim (born 28 September 1968, in Paris) is a French American filmmaker and environmental activist.[1][2] She is the daughter of actress Jane Fonda and French filmmaker Roger Vadim.

In 1993, Vadim co-founded the nonprofit organization May Day Media with Brown University classmate Rory Kennedy.[3] It is a non-profit production and distribution group that uses videos in campaigns highlighting racism, sexism, classism and homophobia.[4] The company produced a short video called Fire in Our House about needle exchange programs and their ability to prevent the spread of HIV infections.[5]

In 2002 a documentary she co-directed and produced with Matt Arnett called The Quilts of Gee's Bend was released. This film accompanies a museum exhibition and features the quiltmakers and quilts, historical photography and a musical soundtrack based on the gospel songs of Gee's Bend.[6]

Vadim has been an ecological advice columnist for the Mother Nature Network and has run an organic farm in Florida.[7]

Vadim has two children with Matt Arnett.[8] She married Paul Van Winkle in France in June 2010.[9]



  1. ^ "Vanessa Vadim". Bloomberg Business. Retrieved 19 May 2015. 
  2. ^ "Vanessa Vadim". SheSource. Women's Media Center. Retrieved 19 May 2015. 
  3. ^ Pener, Degen (September 12, 1993). "Known Names, New Cause". New York Times. Retrieved 19 May 2015. 
  4. ^ "Fire in Our House". Retrieved 2012-02-28. 
  5. ^ Frey, Jennifer (July 21, 1999). "Rory: The Quiet Kennedy". Washington Post. Retrieved 19 May 2015. 
  6. ^ Quiltmakers of Gee's Bend (2005) - Plot Summary - IMDb
  7. ^ Grove, Lloyd (September 11, 2009). "Jane Fonda's Daughter on Green Sex". Daily Beast. Retrieved 19 May 2015. 
  8. ^ Farr, Sheila (July 13, 2007). "Chill falls over quilt exhibit: Suits filed against promoters". Seattle Times. Retrieved 19 May 2015. 
  9. ^ My Daughter Vanessa Marries In St Tropez | Jane Fonda

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