Sascha Just is a New York-based filmmaker, born and raised in Berlin.

Her documentary Ellis, the first feature-length film about New Orleans pianist Ellis Marsalis Jr., premiered at DOC NYC, is currently on the festival circuit in Europe and the US, and scheduled for streaming release in 2024.

In 2023, Sascha directed the documentary Food Truck Kings Astoria for the French-German network Arte TV about immigrant food truck vendors in NYC (air date 01/27/24 & 03/07/24).

She is currently in pre-production for the documentary SwampBirds about the impact of coastal erosion in Louisiana on Cajun culture for Arte TV (production May 2024).

In 2015, Sascha produced and directed the short documentary Big Chief about New Orleans Black Indian Chief Darryl Montanta’s path to Mardi Gras, and in 2013 the short documentary Ambassadors about a competition for the title US Jazz Ambassadors.

For her work on the Freytag Collection, an archive of documentaries and oral history interviews on Louisiana’s cultural traditions, the US Government granted Sascha the rare national interest-based permanent resident status. To date, the Freytag Collection comprises thirty filmed oral history interviews filmed with New Orleans performers and the films Ellis, Big Chief and SwampBirds.

Sascha holds a BA in Film and an MA/PhD in Performance, Theater and Film Studies from the City University of New York (CUNY). She teaches in the Communications Department of Baruch College, CUNY.