Katja Esson
Esson at the 76th Academy Awards Nominees Luncheon
1 Nomination
Role Director, Producer, Screenwriter

Katja Esson is a German-born, New York-based writer/director who mixes documentary, narrative and experimental genres. Esson’s Vertical Traveler (2001), for instance, explores the pioneering spirit of New York City through the metaphor of the city’s unique relationship with elevators. The film was broadcast on PBS and on Europe’s ARTE Channel. Esson began her career in Miami as a production assistant for the notorious rap group 2 Live Crew. She has directed a variety of award-winning documentaries, short films and commercials. Born and raised in Hamburg, she also works regularly for German television and, in 1997, she received a fellowship for her screenplay El Aleman at Berlin’s Master School, and her narrative short film Speech Less won the Gold Award at Houston and the Special Jury Prize at Nancy, France.


76th Academy Awards, 2003
Best Documentary ShortFerry Tales