Katja Esson

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Languages

English, German, French, Spanish

Location

New York/ Hamburg

Agent

Carole Sonderegger
Tel.: +49 (0)30 288 77 3-0

American Rivers
Poetry of Resilience
Ferry Tales

© Andrian Kreye

Filmography Selection

Cinema/TV Miscellaneous

2016

AMERICAN RIVERS
RBB/Arte
Production: Pelenope Pictures
Director: Katja Esson
Documentary Series
5 x 45 min
Deutscher NaturfilmPreis - Children's Jury Award (2017)

2015

CANTINEROS DE CUBA
Production: Penelope Pictures
Writer and Director: Katja Esson
Documentary
In Production

2012

BACKROADS USA
RBB/Arte
Production: Maha Productions
Director: Katja Esson
Documentary Series

2011

POETRY OF RESILIENCE
Production: Penelope Pictures
Writer and Director: Katja Esson
Documentary
Cinema for Peace Award - Nominated for Best Documentary of the Year (2012)
Woodstock Film Festival - Diane Seligman Award for Best Documentary (2011)

NY CONFIDENTIAL - BROOKLYN
Arte
Production: Maha Productions
Director: Katja Esson
Documentary Series

2010

LATCHING ON - THE POLITICS OF BREASTFEEDING IN AMERICA
Production: Penelope Pictures
Writer and Director: Katja Esson
Documentary
LA Femme International Filmfestival Los Angeles (2010)

SKYDANCER
WDR/Arte
Production: Penelope Pictures, ma.ja.de.
Writer and Director: Katja Esson
Documentary
Shanghai Television Festival - Nominated for Magnolia Award Best Documentary & Best Director (2012)
Pärnu International Film Festival - Nominated for Best Film on Indigenous People (2012)
Guanajuato International Film Festival - Nominated for Best Documentary (2012)
Salem Film Festival - Nominated for EDA Award Best Film by a Female Journalist (2012)

2009-1997

SIEGFRIED & ROY - EIN MÄRCHEN FÜR ERWACHSENE
ARD/Arte
Production: Zero Film
Writer and Director: Katja Esson
Documentary

2009

THE OLDEST PROFESSION
ARD/Arte
Production: LE Vision
Director: Katja Esson
Docufiction
International Film and Video Festival "Silver Screen" (2011)

2009-1997

TORE ZUR WELT - DER HAFEN VON NEW YORK
Arte
Production: ma.ja.de.
Writer and Director: Katja Esson
Documentary

HOLE IN THE SKY: THE SCARS OF 9/11
WDR
Production: ma.ja.de.
Writer and Director: Katja Esson
Documentary
World Media Festival - Gold Award (2006)

WE ARE NEW YORK - THE WEDDING
NYC TV
Production: CUNY Productions
Writer: David Hellman, Kayhan Irani, Sandra Poster
Director: Katja Esson
Emmy Awards - Four Nominations (2010)

FERRY TALES
Production: Penelope Pictures
Writer and Director: Katja Esson
Documentary
40 min
Academy Awards - Nominated for Best Documentary (2004)
Palm Springs International Film Festival (2004)
IDA Documentary Awards (2004)
Seattle Film Festival (2004)
Women's Image Network Awards - Grand Prix (2004)
Birds Eye View Festival (2004)
Commendatory Recognition at diverse Festivals (2004)

VERTICAL TRAVELER
Arte/Thirteen/WNET
Production: Schenk Productions
Writer and Director: Katja Esson
Documentary

2006

A SEASON OF MADNESS
Production: Isotope Films
Writer and Director: Katja Esson
Short Film

VELUX
Image Film

BMW
Image Film

VW
Image Film

FINANCIAL TIMES GERMANY
Commercial / Image Film

Biography

2012

Nominated for United States Artist Fellowship

1991-1996

Assistant Director for Jürgen Roland, Peter Kahane, Piet Ariel, Sherry Hormann, Don Silver with David Keith and Cindy Lauper

1990

Bachelor in Motion Pictures and Theatre at University of Miami, Florida

Born and raised in Hamburg