Katja Esson was nominated for an Academy Award® for her film FERRY TALES, which turns the unlikely setting of the Staten Island Ferry women’s bathroom into a celebration of sisterhood. Other credits include VERTICAL TRAVELER, which explores the pioneering spirit of New York City through the metaphoric story of the city’s unique relationship with elevators; HOLE IN THE SKY, a portrait of New York five years after 9/11; LATCHING ON about the politics of breastfeeding in America; and HOOKER, HARLOT, WHORE, about the history of prostitution in Europe. Esson’s recent film POETRY OF RESILIENCE is about six international poets who have survived some of the world’s most unspeakable crimes against humanity. Esson’s films have screened at film festivals around the world and been broadcast on HBO, PBS and ARTE among others. Esson lives in Brooklyn, New York and divides her time between Germany and the United States. (8/13)
A film by Katja Esson, 2003, 40 min., Color
Academy Award Nominee for Best Documentary Short, FERRY TALES exposes a secret world that exists in the powder room of the Staten Island Ferry--a plac...
A film by Katja Esson, 2010, 36 min., Color
After filmmaker Katja Esson’s sister gave birth in Germany, she was able to breastfeed her baby anywhere and at any time. Returning home to New York, ...
Poetry of Resilience
A film by Katja Esson, 2011, 40 min., Color
Academy® Award nominated director Katja Esson’s (FERRY TALES, LATCHING ON) exquisitely made film explores survival, strength and the power of the huma...
A film by Katja Esson, 2011, 75 min., Color
Renowned for their balance and skill, six generations of Mohawk men have been leaving their families behind on the reservation to travel to New York C...