Deborah S. Esquenazi // @deb_esquenazi

Documentary film + radio producer, instructor, video artist, & curator. Sundance Documentary Film Fellow, 2014. Artist on two Artplace America projects. Works primarily on issues & themes relating to criminal justice, identity, LGBTQQ, Latina/o and women's issues in the South and Southwest regions. Her work has been generously funded by Sundance Institute | MacArthur Fund, Astraea Global Arts Fund, Paul Robeson Fund for Independent Media, and many others.

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Feature Documetnary

‘San Antonio Four’ Feature Documentary Project

    Feature Documentary. Now in post-production. Southwest of Salem: The Story of the San Antonio Four excavates the nightmarish persecution of Elizabeth Ramirez, Cassandra Rivera, Kristie Mayhugh, and Anna Vasquez (the ‘San Antonio Four’) — four Latina lesbians wrongfully convicted of allegedly gang raping two little girls amidst the ‘Satanic sexual abuse’ hysteria of the late-80’s and 90’s in the US.… Read more →


ANNOUNCING: DrawingLines + Artplace America + ATX – 2015

  Drawing Lines is funded by Artplace America, supported by the City of Austin, and spans from 2015 – 2016. An artist-driven, community-based public project, Drawing Lines was commissioned in response to Austin’s historic political transformation. At its core, Drawing Lines is an exploratory conversation about the dynamics of place. It’s a project about process that examines the role of contemporary culture in… Read more →


DEBUT on April 10, 2015: ThinkEAST/Fusebox Festival – Screening of La Loma

SCREENINGS BEGIN APRIL 10, 2015 // Exhibition & Short Documentary. LA LOMA (OR THE PLACE SOMETIMES CALLED HUNGRY HILL) when: Screenings: Friday April 10 @ 4-10pm, Saturday April 11 & Sunday April 12 @ 10am-7pm where: thinkEAST > 1036 Jain Ln, 78721 This is a free event. Reservations not required. Visit for more info. Download Press Kit.  ** Told… Read more →

ANNOUNCING: Bruce Jackson Retrospective Photo Exhibition & Short Documentary (R&D)

Photography Exhibition & Short Documentary.   “Neither slavery nor involuntary servitude, except as a punishment for crime whereof the party shall have been duly convicted, shall exist within the united states, or any place subject to their jurisdiction.”  —Thirteenth Amendment, Section 1, U.S. Constitution. (Ratified 1865)   IN ASSOCIATION with the La Peña gallery in downtown Austin, we are announcing a multi-media retrospective of… Read more →

Short Documentary

The Kellers

Dan Keller, a daycare operator falsely convicted of child molestation during the national “satanic ritual abuse” panic of a generation ago, is an old man now, recently freed after years in prison, and bearing somber witness to a panic few young Americans remember, but which they cannot afford to forget.  Visit film website.  ABOUT: Dan Keller and his wife, Fran,… Read more →

Short Documentary

The Farm :: Inside the Anchor Home for Boys (Watch it Now)

Produced for the Juvenile Justice Information Exchange ( with support from the Fund for Investigative Journalism 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 piece uses found footage to take a… Read more →

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Stories From Deep in the Heart

Former Project Director from 2011-2013. Stories From Deep in the Heart sponsored by Texas Folklife works with underserved populations of teens to create radio documentaries about their lives. During Esquenazi’s tenure, she oversaw the production of over 85 radio documentary and digital stories; the radio pieces aired on public radio stations around the globe. The program is supported by the National… Read more →