Vanessa Roth

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Vanessa Roth is an American filmmaker who has written, produced and directed award-winning non-fiction films and headed up social issue reform efforts through storytelling for nearly 20 years. She has won a number of film awards for her works, including a 2008 Academy Award for Best Short Documentary for Freeheld, an Alfred I duPont-Columbia award for Taken In: The Lives of America's Foster Children, two Sundance Special Jury Prizes, Cine Golden Eagles, Casey Medals and a MacArthur Grant. Some of her award-winning films include Close to Home, Aging Out, Schools of the 21st Century, The Third Monday in October, 9/11’s Toxic Dust, No Tomorrow, The Other Side and American Teacher.[1] Her latest film, The Texas Promise, premiered at the Austin Film Festival on October 25, 2014.[2] and is partnering with KLRU to appear on PBS Stations. She is currently in production as Executive Producer and Director on The Untouchables a documentary series to be released in 2017.

She earned a master's degree in Social Work with a minor in Family Law from Columbia University. She has three children, two daughters, Sean and Phill, and one son, Augurt, and a golden retriever who the family calls, "witch". She is the daughter of award-winning screenwriter Eric Roth [3] and archeologist Linda Roth.


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