Katja Esson
Director
 

© Andrian Kreye

 
Wielandstraße 5
D-10625 Berlin

Carole Sonderegger
Tel.: +49 (0)30 288 77 3-0
Fax: +49 (0)30 288 77 3-10
HOMEPAGEPRINT (PDF)
 
 
ResidenceNew York/ Hamburg
LanguagesGerman, American English, French, Spanish
 
FILMOGRAPHY (Selection)
2016AMERICAN RIVERS
rbb/arte
5 x 45 min
AMERICAN RIVERS Deutscher NaturfilmPreis - Nominated for the episode "Los Angeles River" (2017)
2015CANTINEROS DE CUBA
Feature
Production: Penelope Pictures
Documentary
In production
2012BACKROADS- EPISODES 2 -5
RBB / Arte Frankreich
Production: Maha Productions
Director
Documentary
2011NY CONFIDENTIAL - BROOKLYN
Arte
Production: Maha Productions
Director
TV-Series Documentary
Episode 4
 BACKROADS- EPISODE 1
RBB / Arte Frankreich
Production: Maha Productions
Director
Documentary
 POETRY OF RESILIENCE
Production: Penelope Pictures
Writer and Director
Documentary
Cinema for Peace Award - Nominated for Most Valuable Documentary of the Year (2012)
Woodstock Film Festival - Diane Seligman Award - Best Short Documentary (2011)
Rockefeller Media Arts Fellowship, USA - Nominated (2007)

2010SKYDANCER
WDR / Arte
Production: Penelope Pictures, MaJaDe
Writer and Director
Documenatry
Simons Humanities Fellowship, Kansans University (2007)
SKYDANCER Shanghai Film and TV Festival - Nominated for Magnolia Award for Best Documentary, Best Director, Best Cinematography (2012)
Pärnu International Film Festival- Nominated for Best Film on Indigenous People (2012)
Guanajuato Internat. Film Festival - Nominated for Best Documentary (2012)
Salem Film Festival - EDA Award - Nominated for Best Film by a Female Journalist (2012)

 LATCHING ON - THE POLITICS OF BREASTFEEDING IN AMERICA
Production: Penelope Pictures
Writer and Director,
Documentary
La Femme - International Filmfestival, Los Angeles (2010)
2009-1997VERTICAL TRAVELER
Arte, Thirteen/WNET
Production: Schenk Productions
Writer and Director
Documentary
 FERRY TALES
Production: Penelope Pictures
Documentary, 40 min
Academy Awards - Nominated for Best Documentary, Short Subjects (2004)
IDA Theatrical Showcase, LA Academy Award Qualification (2004)
Award at Women's Image Network, LA (2004)
Bird’s Eye, London (2004)
Palm Springs International Film Festival (2004)
Seattle Film Festival (2004)
Honorable Mention at Ashland Film Festival, Sarasota Film Festival, Annapolis Film Festival, Woodstock Film Festival
et al.

 WE ARE NEW YORK
NYC TV
Production: CUNY Productions
Director
TV-Series Fiction
Episode: The Wedding
Emmy Awards- Nominated 4 times (2010)
 NEW YORK IM SCHATTEN DER TÜRME
WDR
Production: MA.JA.DE Filmproduktion
Writer and Director
Documentary
World Media Festival, Germany- Gold Award (2006)
 TORE ZUR WELT - DER HAFEN VON NEW YORK
Arte
Production: MA.JA.DE Filmproduktion
Writer and Director
Documentary
2009HOOKER, HARLOT, WHORE, STORIES OF PROSTITUTION
ARD / Arte
Production: L.E. Vision
Director
Documentary-Fiction
HOOKER, HARLOT, WHORE, STORIES OF PROSTITUION International Film and Video Festival- Silver Screen (2011)
2009-1997SIEGFRIED & ROY - EIN MÄRCHEN FÜR ERWACHSENE
ARD / Arte
Production: Zero Film
Writer and Director
Documentary
2006SEASON OF MADNESS
Feature
Production: Isotope Films
Writer and Director
Short Film
OTHER PROJECTS
 FINANCIAL TIMES GERMANY
Commercial/Image
Commercial
 VW
Commercial
 BMW
Commercial
 VELUX
Commercial
 
 
BIOGRAPHICAL DETAILS
2012Nominated for United States Artist Fellowship
1991-1996Assistant director of e.g. Jürgen Roland, Peter Kahane, Piet Ariel, Sherry Hormann, Don Silver with David Keith and Cindy Lauper
1990Bachelor in Motion Pictures and Theatre at University Miami & Florida
Born and raised in Hamburg