Vanessa Warheit has worked as a director, producer, editor, and cinematographer of non-fiction video since 1999. She edits, produces, writes and directs video for television, non-profit, and corporate clients. Vanessa holds a Master’s in Communication from Stanford University, and a BA with honors from Bryn Mawr College. Her first feature documentary, The Insular Empire: America in the Mariana Islands, aired nationally on PBS and is distributed by New Day Films. Other independent film credits include Director/Co-Producer of the Webby Award-nominated travel series “Hit the Road”; Producer/Director/Editor of Constructing Experience, a short documentary which aired on PBS and NBC; Associate Producer for the national PBS documentary Great Wall Across the Yangtze; and Additional Cinematography for the award-winning New Day documentary Daddy and Papa

Vanessa is currently producing a short, funny, animated film for children about climate change and CO2 pollution, called Worse Than Poop! She also creates educational video content for Stanford University. Vanessa is a certified Climate Leader with the Climate Reality Project, an experienced educator, and an engaging public speaker. She lives with her husband and son in Palo Alto, California.

Films by Vanessa Warheit

The Insular Empire

The Insular Empire is the first film to document the United States’ historical – and ongoing – role as a colonial power.