Vanessa Bergonzoli is a multicultural, award-winning filmmaker, experienced at all stages of production for film, TV, news media, and contemporary art. Her documentary productions have garnered significant award recognition including the HBO, Academy Award-nominated documentary Mondays at Racine (2013); the CLIO-winning commercial Selfie (2014) for DOVE; the Emmy Award-winning Sesame Street special, Growing Hope Against Hunger (2012); as well as contemporary art productions for international artists Melik Ohanian, Joan Jonas, Alfredo Jaar, and Mateo Lopez. Vanessa gravitates towards stories of the underdog and her dynamic production style stems from training in social theater traditions as a puppeteer and thespian. She is a multilingual communicator who excels at international field production and promotes cross-cultural awareness in her everyday practice. She holds BA degrees in theater and literature from Emerson College and a master’s degree in media studies from the New School.