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Katja Esson

Katja Esson is a German filmmaker who lives in Brooklyn. She received an Academy Award nomination for her documentary FERRY TALES which turns the unlikely setting of the Staten Island Ferry women's bathroom into a celebration of sisterhood and premiered on HBO in 2004. Some of Essonís other award-winning films include VERTICAL TRAVELER, which explores New Yorkís unique relationship with elevators, HOLE IN THE SKY, a portrait of New York five years after 9/11 and HOOKER, HARLOT, WHORE, about the history of prostitution in Europe. All three documentaries premiered on Arte. Esson directed an episode for the Emmy Award-winning mini-series "We are New York" in 2009. Her most recent films include POETRY OF RESILENCE, a documentary about six poets who have survived - and written about - some of the world's most unspeakable crimes against humanity, which was nominated for the Cinema for Peace Award at the Berlin Film Festival in 2012 and SKYDANCER about Mohawk Indian ironworkers which premiered on PBS and Arte in 2012. Esson's films have screened at venues such as the MoMa, the American Museum of Natural History and the Smithsonian. She has received grants from the NEA, NYSCA and was awarded the Simons Public Humanities Fellowship. (3/14)

Ferry Tales
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...

Latching On
A film by Katja Esson, 2010, 36 min., Color

After filmmaker Katja Essonís 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

Academyģ Award nominated director Katja Essonís (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...

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