Academy Award winning filmmaker Vanessa Roth has worked with school districts, non-profits, philanthropists and thought leaders across the country to create award-winning films around issues of education, poverty, child rights, equity and social justice.
Her work, including films such as The Texas Promise, American Teacher, and Freeheld, 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. Her films have screened theatrically around the world and have been distributed by HBO, PBS, and Netflix.
Ms. Roth is a Thought Partner of the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation around empowering public school teachers, is an Adjunct Professor at NYU School of Journalism, and a frequent key-note speaker about ethics, equity, and child advocacy through a storytelling lens.
She is excited to use her experience telling stories about teens and NYC schools for a project that blends fiction and non-fiction so beautifully.