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Cause & Affect Media creates original documentary and independent films, branded content and global campaigns for organizations, educators, international brands and foundations. Founded by Academy Award winning filmmaker Vanessa Roth, and acclaimed editor Livio Sanchez, we are a studio built on experience that spans over 20 years of creating award winning film and television, web series, campaigns, public service announcements, music videos, television spots, and groundbreaking immersive Virtual Reality.

A full service development, production, post-production and content consulting facility, we take pride in our teams and collaborations all over the world bringing projects with meaning from concept to delivery.

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

Featured Work

Immersive

Cause & Affect Media is an industry pioneer in VR editing and storytelling.

USA Network

Mr. Robot | Virtual Reality Experience

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Mr. Robot | Virtual Reality Experience

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Client: USA Network

Category: Virtual Reality

Production Company: Here Be Dragons

Directed By: Sam Esmail

Edited By: Livio Sanchez

The experience takes viewers on a flashback journey with lead character Elliot Alderson (Rami Malek) as he remembers an early encounter with his dealer-turned-love-interest Shayla (Frankie Shaw)

New York Times

Great Performers | L.A. Noir

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Great Performers | L.A. Noir

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Client: New York Times

Category: Virtual Reality

Production Company: Milk(vr)

Written and Directed By: Gina-Prince Bythewood

“Killer” & “Bookie” Written & Directed By: Ami Canaan Mann

Director of VR: Armando McIntyre-Kirwin

Edited By: Livio Sanchez

Step into the world of “L.A. Noir” through a series of nine groundbreaking Virtual Reality films starring the year’s best actors – and you , the viewer.

New York Times Style Magazine

The Creators: Taryn Simon | An Occupation of Loss

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The Creators: Taryn Simon | An Occupation of Loss

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Client: New York Times Style Magazine

Category: Virtual Reality

Production Company: Milk(vr)

Directed By: Luca Guadagnino

Edited By: Livio Sanchez

The groundbreaking artist Taryn Simon blends sculpture, sound, architecture and performance in “An Occupation of Loss,” her provocative piece exploring the anatomy of grief.

Stubhub

Always | A VR Story

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Always | A VR Story

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Client: Stubhub

Category: Virtual Reality

Production Company: Here Be Dragons

Directed By: Hal Kirkland

Edited By: Livio Sanchez

Our friendships are built on the moments we share. A young woman must overcome the distractions of work and daily life to reconnect with her lifelong best friend, one last time.

New York Times Style Magazine

The Creators | Rob Pruitt

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The Creators | Rob Pruitt

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Client: New York Times Style Magazine

Category: Virtual Reality

Production Company: Milk(vr)

Directed By: Luca Guadagnino

Edited By: Livio Sanchez

T Magazine’s debut VR film by Luca Guadagnino, director of “I Am Love” and “A Bigger Splash,” focuses on the contemporary artist Rob Pruitt. It follows Pruitt on a day in his life — from a meditation at his Chinatown apartment to a visit to IKEA in Brooklyn, where he purchases 27 plush pandas (a signature in his artwork) and then back to paint in his Gowanus studio.

Ardbeg

Ardbeg | 10 Year Old

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Client: Ardbeg

Category: Virtual Reality

Production Company: Here Be Dragons

Directed By: Imraan Ismail

Edited By: Livio Sanchez

Cross the rolling waves and discover the secrets of the island of Islay. Just beyond the breakers, the Ardbeg Distillery has been harnessing the elements for over 200 years to create the Ultimate Scotch Whisky. Feel the salt spray of the ocean as you fly over the cliffs and fields of an island as old as time itself, watching as the ancient peat is cut to provide the fuel for distillation. The history of the land comes alive as the rich, peaty smoke infuses every glass of Ardbeg 10 Year, telling a story that won’t soon be forgotten.

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Ardbeg | Uigeadail

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Client: Ardbeg

Category: Virtual Reality

Production Company: Here Be Dragons

Directed By: Imraan Ismail

Edited By: Livio Sanchez

Loch Uigeadail lies at the heart of the ancient island of Islay. As you hike through the wilderness and ruins of this enigmatic land, the inspiration for the complexity of the whisky it inspired becomes clear. After miles of craggy hills and swampy valleys you arrive at the shores of the loch just in time to enjoy a peaty glass of Ardbeg. Take a moment as you imbibe to remember that the waters of the loch before you are the only source for the distillery far below. Slàinte!

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Ardbeg | Corryvreckan

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Client: Ardbeg

Category: Virtual Reality

Production Company: Here Be Dragons

Directed By: Imraan Ismail

Edited By: Livio Sanchez

Every island has its share of dangers. North of Islay, a great eye waits, watching for its prey. Look on as the mystery of Corryvreckan pulls you ever closer until it is too late to turn back. Only the bravest souls dare venture to the mouth of the whirlpool, just as the Ardbeg Whisky that bears its name attracts only the strong of heart. Take the plunge and discover the swirling flavors of one of the world’s best whiskies.

Ford

2016 Ford GT: 360 Experience | Le Mans | Ford Performance

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2016 Ford GT: 360 Experience | Le Mans | Ford Performance

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Client: Ford

Category: Virtual Reality

Production Company: Tool of North America

Directed By: Erich Joiner

Edited By: Livio Sanchez

Experience the Ford GT at Le Mans 2016 like you’ve never seen before. Download Ford VR App on iTunes Download Ford VR App on Google Play

nytvr

The Displaced

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The Displaced

Client: The New York Times

Category: Virtual Reality

Production Company: Vrse.works

Directed By: Imraan Ismail & Ben Soloman

Edited By: Livio Sanchez

Ting Poo

Cannes Lion Entertainment Grand Prix Winner

AICP The Most Next Award Winner

Be sure to download the Within app for the best viewing experience.

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Walking New York

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Walking New York

Client: nytvr

Category: Virtual Reality

Production Company: Vrse.works

Directed By: JR, Chris Milk & Zach Richter

Edited By: Livio Sanchez

Logan Hefflefinger

Be sure to download the Within app for the best viewing experience.

U2

Song For Someone – 360°

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Song for Someone

Client: Apple Music

Category: Virtual Reality

Production Company: Vrse.works

Directed By: Chris Milk

Edited By: Livio Sanchez

Be sure to download the Within app for the best viewing experience.

Muse

Revolt

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Muse – Revolt

Client: Apple Music

Category: Virtual Reality

Production Company: Vrse.works

Directed By: Guy Shelmerdine

Edited By: Livio Sanchez

Be sure to download the Within app for the best viewing experience.

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Smile More: The Journey of a Song

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Smile More: The Journey of a Song

Client: The New York Times

Category: Virtual Reality

Production Company: Vrse.works

Directed By: Lance Bangs

Edited By: Livio Sanchez

Be sure to download the Within app for the best viewing experience.

Founders

Vanessa Roth, MSW

Producer / Writer / Director
Founder, Cause & Affect Media

An Academy Award winning filmmaker, Vanessa has written, produced and directed non-fiction films and headed up international campaigns through storytelling for over 20 years. Roth’s work has earned her dozens of honors including an Academy Award, Sundance Special Jury Prizes, Cine Golden Eagles, Casey Medals, International Award for Social Justice and a Dupont-Columbia Award. All of her films have been internationally released theatrically, on television and through digital platforms including Netflix, Amazon, PBS, HBO, A&E, ESPN, the Sundance Channel and Discovery.

The goal of Ms. Roth’s work is to ignite conversation and awareness through projects that are made in close collaboration with the subjects of her work so that all of her films are honest and intimate portraits of people with personal storytelling at their core. Her films have been shown in the White House, Congress, the National Governor’s Association, the United Nations, and have been featured on Oprah, NPR, at the Obama Presidential Inauguration events, and at international education and child welfare summits. Roth is a frequent keynote speaker on issues of child welfare, equity and testimonial storytelling. She writes, produces and directs series and campaigns for non-profits, foundations, education, healthcare and environmental organizations, has been a Thought Partner to the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and consultant to education, policy, cultural, media and arts organizations, foundations and businesses.

Vanessa holds a master’s degree in social work and a minor in family law from Columbia University.

Livio Sanchez

Editor / Producer
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.

Livio holds a bachelor’s degree from Emerson College.

Clients/Awards

Clients

Awards

Press

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The Austin Chronicle

Austin Film Festival: The Texas Promise

The Austin Chronicle reviews The Texas Promise, “With that sense of present urgency, the end result plays a little like All the President’s Men reads…”

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Los Angeles Times

Documenting life — and then death

Filmmaker Vanessa Roth chronicled Risa Bejarano’s rocky transition out of foster care. Later, she turned her camera on Risa’s killer.

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hdvp

HD Video Pro

Making The Cut

Livio Sanchez is an accomplished, multi-award-winning artist who has carved out compelling content across commercials, music videos, documentaries and independent films.

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