Filmmakers and Producers

Vanessa Bertozzi

Vanessa Bertozzi is a Brooklyn-based documentarian and ethnographer specializing in the interplay between culture, media, technology and learning. She received a Masters Degree in Comparative Media Studies from MIT in 2006 and a B.A. in Visual & Environmental Studies from Harvard in 2001. Recent media projects on which she has worked include: Project New Media Literacy sponsored by the MacArthur Foundation, Christopher Lydon's public radio/web program Open Source, Alan Berliner’s Wide Awake, Frontline's Failure to Protect, Showtime's Same Sex America, The Sonic Memorial Project (winner of the Peabody Award, Gracie Award, and Online Journalism Award), and History Unwired at the Venice Biennale. In addition to developing MicroPepe, Bertozzi is currently completing another Fabrik Films production, Vintage Dancers. Bertozzi has lectured on new media and learning at MIT. She now works for Etsy, an online marketplace for buying and selling all things handmade.


Secondhand (Pepe)
Hanna Rose Shell & Vanessa Bertozzi
2007, 24 min., Color, United States/Haiti/Canada
In this documentary about used clothing, the historical memoir of a Jewish immigrant rag picker intertwines with the present-day story of 'pepe' — secondhand clothing that flows from North America to Haiti. Secondhand (Pepe) animates the materiality of recycled clothes — their secret afterlives and ...

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