Director: Katja Esson
Producers: Katja Esson, Corrina Sager, Sabine Schenk
Running time: 40 min
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• 2004 Academy Award Nominee for Best Documentary Short
• Woodstock Film Festival - Honorable Mention
• Annapolis Film Festival - Honorable Mention
• Underdog Film Festival - First Place
• Sarasota Film Festival
• Seattle International Film Festival
• Florida Film Festival
• Palm Springs International Film Festival
• Brooklyn International Film Festival
• Dallas Video Fest
• New Orleans Film Festival
• Austin Film Festival
• Hot Springs Documentary Film Festival
• Rocky Mountain Women's Film Festival
• Adelaide International Women's Film Festival
• Frame by Frame Documentary Film Festival
• exground filmfest, Germany - European Premiere
For hundreds of commuters, it is just another routine trip from the quiet of Staten Island into the frenzy of Manhattan. Some spend the half hour traveling across New York Harbor anxiously waiting, suffering through the boat’s motions and sipping their third cup of coffee while burying their head in the newspaper. Some attempt a hopeless nap.
But not all. A few use up every precious minute of the ride preparing themselves in a very exclusive place: the Staten Island Ferry powder room.
FERRY TALES is a sneak peek into a culture that only happens 30 minutes a day in the women’s bathroom … a place where no men are allowed. As they put on their makeup, they are transformed from housewives to businesswomen, from mothers to lawyers, from sisters to socialites.
The women who step inside this room leave their race, social status, and net worth at the door. What starts as funny anecdotes turns into a deep and moving account as these women, one by one, draw each other out, solve one another’s problems and dish up the latest ferry gossip.
This is a story of the vibrant life that goes unnoticed in a place that’s often ignored.