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Katja Esson is an Academy Award® nominated filmmaker based in Miami and Havana who mixes documentary and narrative genres. Esson began her career in Miami as a production assistant for the notorious rap group 2 Live Crew. Since her days of wrangling booty-shaking babes, Esson has directed a variety of award-winning documentaries and short films. Born and raised in Germany, Esson brings a quirky European sensibility to the distinctively American subjects she chooses. more »

News

2018

US premier of 5-part series AMERICAN RIVERS (AMERIKAS FLÜSSE) at KCET

2017

Production starts on RAZING LIBERTY QUARE

THE LOS ANGELES RIVER episode wins Jury Award for best Documentary at the German Nature Film Festival

2016

The 5-part series AMERICAN RIVERS (AMERIKAS FLÜSSE) premiers on Arte

2014

Production starts on CANTINEROS DE CUBA in Havana, Cuba

2013

The 5-part series: BACKROADS USA (AMERIKAS LEGENDÄRE STRASSEN) premieres on Arte

2012

SKYDANCER premiers on PBS - "America Reframed", October 2012

SKYDANCER is nominated for the Magnolia Award (Best Documentary, Best Director, Best Camera ) at the Shanghai TV and Film Festival, June 2012

POETRY OF RESILIENCE is nominated for the Cinema for Peace Award, Berlin Film Festival

SKYDANCER is nominated for EDA Award, Salem Film Festival 2012

SKYDANCER is nominated for best Documentary at Guanajuato International Film Festival

SKYDANCER is nominated for Best Film on Indigenous People at Pärnu International Film Festival

2011

POETRY OF RESILIENCE premieres at Oscar-qualifying DocuWeeks in Los Angeles

THE OLDEST PROFESSION (Das Älteste Gewerbe) wins Silver Screen at US Film and Video Festival

2010

WE ARE NEW YORK is nominated for 4 Emmys Awards