Erin Essenmacher is an award-winning writer, director and producer with nearly 15 years of experience in writing, broadcast and non-broadcast production with a strong focus on documentary. Erin began her production career at Hedrick Smith Productions, where she was responsible for all phases of production and outreach on several prime-time specials for PBS, including “Critical Condition”, “Juggling Work and Family” and “Rediscovering Dave Brubeck.” She has since worked as writer, producer and director on documentary films for PBS, The Discovery Channel, Animal Planet, the History Channel and Court TV, including “Duel: Hamilton vs. Burr” a special for the History Channel featuring actor Richard Dreyfuss, and the popular series “Body of Evidence” for Court TV.
Happy corporate and non-profit clients include Acura, Sony, the Gap, Little Pim, Archiventure, SEIU and the Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights of the San Francisco Bay Area.
Erin produced and co-wrote the independent film “MINE” which won the Audience Award for Best Documentary at both the 2009 South by Southwest Film Festival and the 2009 SF Doc Fest, and has received critical acclaim from a wide variety of news outlets from Entertainment Weekly to the New York Times, and enjoyed a successful theatrical run. “MINE” also aired on Independent Lens as part of the 2010 season, where it won the Audience Award for best doc.
Erin is co-chair board of directors of Gandhi Brigade and serves on the boards of Women in Film and Video, Washington, DC and Reach for College! She holds a degree in Political Science and American Culture with a minor in Communications from the University of Michigan. She splits her time between New York City and Washington, DC.