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CAUSE & AFFECT MEDIA creates original documentary films and series as well as branded content and global social impact multimedia campaigns for organizations, educators, exhibitions, international brands and foundations. Founded by Academy Award winning filmmaker Vanessa Roth, and internationally acclaimed editor Livio Sanchez, Cause & Affect brings innovative and passionate partners and artists together to create meaningful projects that inspire, impact, engage and connect people from around the world.

Working with the best artists, creative forces and organizations from around the world, we take pride in our teams and collaborations bringing projects with meaning from concept to delivery.

At our core, we love helping people impact the world by sharing their stories.

Cause & Affect Media is the proud recipient of the 2018 Television Academy Honors for Daughters of Destiny, which recognizes only seven outstanding programs each year that have leveraged the dynamic power of television to inspire social change.

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Vanessa Roth, MSW

Producer / Writer / Director
Founder, Cause & Affect Media

Executive Producer, Writer and Director of the internationally acclaimed and award winning Netflix Original Docu-series, Daughters of Destiny and an Academy Award winning filmmaker for Freeheld, Vanessa has Written, Produced, Executive Produced and Directed dozens of non-fiction films and headed up international social impact campaigns through scripted and non-scripted storytelling about young people, social justice and human rights for 20 years.  Her feature films, shorts and series have earned her the highest accolades around the world and dozens of honors including an Oscar, the coveted Dupont-Columbia Award, Sundance Special Jury Prizes, Cine Golden Eagles, Casey Medals, The Television Academy Honor, International Awards for Social Justice and Women’s rights, Jury Prizes and Audience Awards around the world.  Her most current project, which she wrote, produced and directed –The Girl and The Picture, made in partnership with the USC/Shoah Foundation premiered at AmDocs in April 2018 garnering the Special Jury Prize, followed by Newport and Tribeca Film Festivals and will have an international release later in 2018.

The goal of Vanessa’s work is to shatter the idea of “otherness” by telling compelling, dramatic and artful stories that bring our common humanity to light through honest, authentic and intimate character driven storytelling led by the subjects of her films themselves. Her work is made around the world, from big cities to the most rural villages and is broadcast and streamed internationally(including Netflix, Amazon, HBO, Discovery, A&E, ESPN 30 for 30, Sundance Channel, PBS) is theatrically released and featured in museums, memorial halls, public art exhibitions, is used as teaching tools in film, social work, law, and education settings, have been screened at the White House, for Congress, the United Nations and UNESCO, and have been featured on NBC Education Nation, Oprah, NPR, the BBC, at Obama’s Youth Presidential Inauguration events, and at international education, child welfare, mental health, social justice and testimonial storytelling summits.

Vanessa began her work as a child advocate in NYC family and juvenile courts and schools and with the Sex Crimes Unit of the LAPD in her work with the Stuart House/Rape Treatment Center.  She holds a Master’s Degree in Social Work and a minor in family law from Columbia University.


Livio Sanchez

Producer / Editor
Founder, Cause & Affect Media

Lead Editor for 2016 Cannes Grand Prix winning New York Times Magazine Virtual Reality film, The Displaced, Livio is at the forefront in cutting edge technology and progressive approaches to storytelling. Whether tackling large social issues through documentaries, crafting innovative music videos, interactive multi-media experiences, commercials that have become pop culture sensations, or leading the Virtual Reality field of storytelling, Livio has amassed an immensely diverse and distinguished body of work.

His passion for visual and emotional resonance in all his work has been influenced by collaborations with a varied crop of notable directors, including Kathryn Bigelow, Sebastian Cordero, Sam Esmail, Christopher Guest, Scott Hicks, The Hughes Brothers, Janusz Kaminski, Tony Kaye, Chris Milk, Charles Stone III, and Marc Webb.

He has edited music videos for Arcade Fire, Kanye West, Gnarls Barkley, Miley Cyrus, Courtney Love, U2 and Green Day, among others. Livio has worked with numerous world-renowned Advertising Agencies, Brands, Networks and Foundations such as McCann Erickson, Saatchi & Saatchi, TBWA\Chiat\Day, Weiden & Kennedy, General Motors, Toyota, Microsoft, Nike, PBS, Netflix, Google and USA Networks, creating work that has garnered awards, including Cannes Entertainment Lion Grand Prix, D&AD, FWA and AICP Most Next Award to name a few.  Most recently Livio Co-Executive Produced and was the Supervising Editor for Daughters of Destiny(Netflix),edited The Girl and the Picture (USC/Shoah Foundation) as well the award winning immersive experience for Mr. Robot, Look But with Love (Within), and The National- Something out of Nothing (New York Times).  He is currently Producing a number of campaigns and premium docu-series that are currently in development.

Livio holds a bachelor’s degree from Emerson College.




2017/2018 Awards and Honors:
Daughters of Destiny (Netflix): Cause & Affect Media is the proud recipient of the International Documentary Association Nomination for best series and the winner of the coveted 2018 Television Academy Honors Award for leveraging the dynamic power of television to inspire social change.

The Girl And The Picture (USC/Shoah Foundation): Winner of the Amdocs Jury Prize for best Short Documentary, winner of the Newport Beach Festival Jury Prize for Outstanding Achievement in Doc filmmaking, Special Selection of the Tribeca Film Festival, Slated for major China theatrical release for December 2018.
The Displaced (New York Times): winner of Cannes Entertainment Lion Grand Prix, AICP, Most Next Award, Webby
Mr. Robot (USA Network): Winner of the Webby Award, nominated for interactive EMMY Award, Winner of the Clio

Past Awards (Partial list):

Academy Award
Dupont- Columbia Award
Television Academy Honors Award
International Social Justice in Film Award
Cine Golden Eagles
IDA Nomination for Best Doc Series
Sundance Special Jury Prizes
Silver Apple
Cannes Entertainment Lion Grand Prix
AICP Most Next Award
Webby Awards
FWA Honors
D&AD Award
One Show Award

Audience awards at over 25 film festivals internationally.

Best Documentary Awards at over 30 film festivals internationally.

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