Vanessa Black is a New York based filmmaker, multi-media artist, and journalist. She is fiercely dedicated to storytelling that improves the quality of life for society at large.
Using a counterculture lens to examine politics, Black’s work has been featured on National Geographic, CNN, Tribeca Film, VICE, Rolling Stone, Huffington Post, Esquire, Now This, RYOT News, Mic, Refinery 29, TeenVouge.com, Teen Vouge (print), i-D Magazine (print), BuzzWorthy, MSNBC, Upworthy, Buzzfeed, NRDC, The Guardian, BBC and more.
Blacks work often focuses on high stakes issues, from the Ukraine Crisis to Climate, working with game changers like Vice President Al Gore, teen activist Xiuhtezcatl Martinez and innovators in the impact space.
Black's "Be A Witness: VIACOM x Witness" projection mapping project won the 2016 Proxima DBA Award for best PSA Campaign.
Her work has screened at SXSW, Chicago Museum of Contemporary Art, SoHo House New York, The Chelsea Film Festival, 5 Point Film Festival, Focus Film Festival Santiago Chile, The Environmental Film Festival at Yale, The Environmental Film Festival Washington DC, among others. She has spoken at MCON, SoHo House New York, Thew New Yorker’s Video Consortium, VIACOM’s annual executive meeting, SoHo House New York, The Environmental Film Festival in DC, Huffington Post Live and Finding The Fabulous.
Outside of her commercial exploits, Black's docu-style storytelling celebrates real people, focusing everyday heroes as the subjects of her projects.
Vanessa earned her Bachelor of Arts in Film Production from the University of Southern California’s School of Cinematic Arts.