Sascha Just is a New York-based filmmaker, born and raised in Berlin. She emigrated to the US to make films about jazz and jazz-related topics. She has produced and directed the feature-length documentary ELLIS about New Orleans pianist and educator Ellis Marsalis Jr. Completed in September 2022, ELLIS premiered at DOC NYC November 2022 and has been invited to the American Documentary & Animation Film Festival 2023 (AMDOCs).
Prior to ELLIS, Sascha produced and directed Heirs, a feature-length documentary about three New Orleans artists, the short documentary Big Chief about New Orleans Black Indian Chief Darryl Montanta's path to Mardi Gras, and the short documentary AMBASSADORS, that follows a jazz group as they compete for the title Jazz Ambassadors to the US.
Sascha's films screened i.e. at AMDOCs, Katra Film Series, The Segal Film Festival on Theatre. Ambassadors is part of the permanent collection of the Rancho Mirage Public Library and was finalist for best short documentary at the Queens World Film Festival, 2014.
For her work on the Freytag Collection, a film archive of New Orleans performers, the United States Government granted her the rare national interest-based permanent resident status.
Sascha holds a BA in Film, a MA/ PhD in Theater Studies from the City University of New York (CUNY). She teaches film production at Baruch College (CUNY).https://saschajust.com