I am a Brooklyn-based documentary director and cinematographer specializing in vérité-style shooting. From supermax prisons to SROs, I have a passion for outsider stories and sensitive subject matter. I strive to create beautiful, emotional, character-driven films. I recently relocated to Brooklyn after 12 years in San Francisco, where I continue to work enthusiastically as a local for projects of sufficient scope.

vanessa_carr_headshotIn the field, I try to maintain a friendly calm to put people at ease. While rolling, I listen and shoot for story.

I have a master’s degree from the UC Berkeley Graduate School of Journalism (2011) and a bachelor’s degree in environmental biology from Columbia University (2005). I was also a 2014 Bay Area Video Coalition MediaMaker fellow for a short documentary about restorative justice in Oakland.

Filming for Apple in the Arctic

Filming for Apple in the Arctic

In my spare time I like escaping to nature and hope to one day make my cats famous on the internet.

I also organize and co-curate a bi-monthly Bay Area short film series, Backyard Films.