Documentary film and radio producer, instructor, and journalist. Sundance Documentary Film Fellow for 2014. Director of Southwest of Salem: The Story of the San Antonio Four, supported by Sundance Film Fund | MacArthur Foundation and Chicken & Egg Pictures. Loves directing short docs. Works primarily in crime & criminal justice. Native Texan, based in Austin.
Visit my official site at www.deborahesquenazi.com.
Sneak peek! Screengrab of attorney Jeff Blackburn, from a forthcoming short documentary about the famed exoneration case of Tim Cole.
My newest short documentary:
Throughout the 1960’s and 70’s, an independent Baptist preacher named Lester Roloff established a series of rehab homes dubbed “The Farm” for troubled youth and adults. The homes were continually accused of abuse, and in some cases, torture. This retrospective short documentary uses found footage to take a look inside the culture of “The Farm”. Commissioned by the Center for Sustainable Journalism for the Juvenile Justice Information Exchange.
Funded in part by the Fund for Investigative Journalism.
A SHORT DOCUMENTARY ABOUT THE GREATEST PRISON EXPERIMENT YET // In-Production
The Prison Entrepreneurial Program, referred to as P.E.P, is an extraordinary high-level educational M.B.A. program offered to inmates in Texas. Among their core curriculum and offerings, inmates read Dostfyesvky’s Crime & Punishment, prepare business plans and exit strategies from prison, and offer transitional housing and job placement. See this riveting TED talk: