Vanessa Roth is an American filmmaker who writes, produces and directs non-fiction films and heads up social issue reform efforts through storytelling. 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. and The Texas Promise. She is the Executive Producer and Director of "Daughters of Destiny The Journey of Shanti Bhavan" - a 4 part Netflix Original documentary series to be released July 28 2017. She earned a master's degree in Social Work with a minor in Family Law from Columbia University. She lives in Brooklyn and has three children, Maya, Phoebe and Augie. She is the daughter of Academy Award-Winning screenwriter Eric Roth and archeologist Linda Roth.
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