Vanessa Crocini is an Italian documentary filmmaker and journalist currently living in Los Angeles. She graduated in Film from University of Bologna after being an exchange student at University of California, Santa Barbara. After completing a program in Entertainment Studies at UCLA, she developed her interest in documentaries. Some of her works include a short documentary The Night Belongs to Me about her LA old neighbor and former gang member Reggie, a web series for the Italian Bonsai TV called High School Love about the American teenage world in the high schools of Los Angeles, music videos for Italian and African artists, spec commercials for Current TV (G1 Phone, Axe, Nissan) and Google, short documentaries for RAI 5. Vanessa worked in several film and documentary productions in Italy, Los Angeles and Africa. She contributes for several Italian film magazines and blogs (CineClandestino, Ildocumentario.it, Cineblog, Velvet Cinema) with reviews, articles and interviews as the only US correspondent. Her first feature length award winning documentary, Get Together Girls was produced by Vasco Rossi, the most iconic Italian rockstar, for whom she shot the music video Mary Luise. Vanessa recently joined SIMA (Social Impact Media Awards) as one of the members of the selection committee and her intention is keeping on making films that focus on social issues and expose impact topics. Vanessa is the founder of The Documentary Talk, a blog entirely dedicated to documentary reviews and interviews.