Estelle Bajou

Estelle Bajou

Actor, Music Composer and Musician

New York City, New York

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About Estelle

Estelle Bajou is a Drama Desk nominated actor, composer, and writer, known for The Post (2017), Boardwalk Empire (2010), Prohibition (2011), and Fireworkers (2017). She is French-American, raised in a small furniture factory town in the mountains of western North Carolina. In addition to film and television, she has worked extensively in theater, both as an actress and composer, performing in the First National Broadway Tour of Once, and across the U.S. and in Europe with other theater productions.

She began acting, writing stories, and playing the violin at age four. At age nineteen she earned a BA in Theatre and Creative Writing from Bard College at Simon's Rock, where she received two Division of the Arts Awards, the merit-based Hutchins Scholarship, and Honors on her thesis, a historically-based screenplay set in 19th century Mexico. She then made the big move to New York City and earned an MFA in Acting from The New School for Drama where she received a merit-based scholarship all three years.

As an actor, she's worked across the U.S. and internationally, from Spielberg's The Post (2017) to Broadway's Once to HBO's Boardwalk Empire (2010), Greece to Venezuela to Iraqi Kurdistan, the Edinburgh Fringe to the Actors Studio in New York. She's been part of film, television, and theater productions that have gone on to award nominations and wins, as well as critical acclaim. She relishes the visceral immediacy of theater, but has come to prize, equally, the intimacy and scope of film, and the depth and richness of long-form television. She's a proud union member of AEA and SAG-AFTRA.

As a musician, she's played and sung with numerous bands, from Slavic punk to acoustic folk, on streets and stages across four continents. In 2012, she began making music for Film ( Occupy, Texas (2016) , Starring Austin Pendleton (2016) ) and TV (Ken Burns' Prohibition (2011) ), and scoring Feature Films ( Fireworkers (2017) , Beneath Disheveled Stars (2014) ) and Theater productions. In 2015 she put out her first record, Songs With Words. In 2016, she was a Drama Desk-nominee for Outstanding Music in a Play alongside such notable composers as Pulitzer and Tony winner Tom Kitt, and Oscar nominee Philip Glass.

At fifteen, in college, she started writing plays, screenplays, fiction, narrative nonfiction, and poetry. Today she's a member of The Bees, a writers group in New York City created to empower the voices and stories of women.

Having traveled across North, Central, and South America, Europe, and the Middle East for projects, she now lives in the Bronx.

Unique traits: French-American (bilingual, dual EU/US citizen).

Credits

  • Hurricane Bernardy

    Hurricane Bernardy (2018)
    Film (Documentary, Short, Drama and News) Composer An octogenarian couple endearingly wrestles with their new life after their home on the Gulf Coast of Texas is destroyed by Hurricane Harvey.

  • Reptacular

    Reptacular (2018)
    Film (Documentary and Short) Composer An eccentric petting zoo tries to rebuild after losing everything in the Creek Fire of Los Angeles.

  • The Post

    The Post (2017)
    Film (Biography, Drama, History and Thriller) Actress When American military analyst, Daniel Ellsberg, realizes to his disgust the depths of the US government's deceptions about the futility of the Vietnam War, he takes action by copying top-secret documents that would become the Pentagon Papers. Later, Washington Post owner, Kay Graham, is still adjusting to taking over her late husband's business when editor Ben Bradlee discovers the New York Times has scooped them with an explosive expose on those papers. Determined to compete, Post reporters find Ellsberg himself and a complete copy of those papers. However, the Post's plans to publish their findings are put in jeopardy with a Federal restraining order that could get them all indicted for Contempt. Now, Kay Graham must decide whether to back down for the safety of her paper or publish and fight for the Freedom of the Press. In doing so, Graham and her staff join a fight that would have America's democratic ideals in the balance. Written by Kenneth Chisholm (kchishol@rogers.com)

  • Fireworkers

    Fireworkers (2017)
    Film (Drama) Composer A friend's untimely death sends six 30-somethings on a journey to confront her incomplete bucket list, finding that closure can't come until you crack open.

  • The Interview

    The Interview (2016)
    Film (Documentary and Short) Composer Looking at love through the bureaucratic lens of the government

  • Starring Austin Pendleton

    Starring Austin Pendleton (2016)
    Film (Documentary, Short, Biography, Comedy and 1 More) Composer The most famous actor you've never heard of. starring Austin Pendleton and introducing Philip Seymour Hoffman, Meryl Streep, Natalie Portman, Olympia Dukakis, Maggie Gyllenhaal, Ethan Hawke, Peter Sarsgaard, Wallace Shawn, Denis O'Hare, Chuck Evered, Jonathan Marc Sherman and Bob Balaban.

  • Occupy, Texas

    Occupy, Texas (2016)
    Film (Comedy, Drama and Family) Music department 'Let's bring this shizz home!' Beau Baker, a washed out 'Occupy, Wall Street' protester, is woken up on the streets of NYC with news that his parents died and that he must return home to Texas where his parents have left him in charge of his two teenage sisters and their estate. This sets Beau off on a journey to search for and find the strength to reunite with his sisters, his past and himself.

  • Plan B

    Plan B (2015)
    Film (Documentary and Short) Composer A personal and intimate view into an artist process and the creation of a piece.

  • Mad Full of Dreams

    Mad Full of Dreams (2015)
    Film (Drama) Composer An Irish Businessman falls into a day dream while waiting for his morning bus. He winds up running around Vienna, France, Italy and the Bronx in a mad search for a missing elderly Korean man who son heads the Korean mob.

  • Family on Board

    Family on Board (2014)
    Film (Short, Crime and Drama) Actress MIKE PETITO - a family man and biker receives a questionable prison sentence. On his way to report to jail, he reflects on his life and anticipates what lies ahead... that's when catastrophe strikes. Written by Anonymous

  • The Pelican Process

    The Pelican Process (2014)
    Television (Documentary) Composer Add a Plot »

  • Beneath Disheveled Stars

    Beneath Disheveled Stars (2014)
    Film (Comedy) Composer Bobby, New York City 'super' of a tenement building, attempts to carry out his mother's last dying secret wish.

  • The Quitter

    The Quitter (2014)
    Film (Comedy and Drama) Music department When a failed baseball player's ex-girlfriend moves back to the neighborhood with her seven-year-old daughter, he realizes he carries more regrets than how he handled his baseball career. What follows is his earnest, awkward, and at times hilarious fight to become the father he never was. Written by Anonymous

  • Broke

    Broke (2013)
    Film (Short, Comedy and Drama) Actress Two New York City real-estate agents--one a fresh novice, the other a down-on-his-luck wannabe hustler--meet in the office and become friends for a night.

  • Daydream of the Sleepwalker

    Daydream of the Sleepwalker (2013)
    Film (Animation, Short, Action and Comedy) Actress Daydream Of The Sleepwalker. An unrecognized painter encounters his own ego in a form of an uninvited strange guest. As a result of this encounter, the struggling artist is compelled to reexamine his views on art production. This experimental short is created using stop-motion technique, featuring real-life characters and interviews. Cast Written by Anonymous

  • Why Do You Smell Like the Ocean?

    Why Do You Smell Like the Ocean? (2013)
    Film (Comedy, Crime and Drama) Actress A New York City Homicide detective hits bottom.

  • Chaplin of the Mountains

    Chaplin of the Mountains (2013)
    Film (Drama) Actress A recently orphaned young Kurdish-French woman travels to Iraqi Kurdistan to find her mother's village, likely destroyed during the Anfal genocide. On her journey she meets two American film students who are traveling to remote villages screening Charlie Chaplin films. They decide to help her search, an undertaking that brings them to the war-weary Mount Qandil, dubbed by the locals the Kurdish Bermuda Triangle, along the Iraqi-Turkish-Iranian borders. Written by Anonymous

  • Matches

    Matches (2013)
    Film (Short and Drama) Actress Add a Plot »

  • Henry Buys a Hat

    Henry Buys a Hat (2012)
    Film (Short, Drama, Family and Romance) Actress Henry has lost his hat in New York City. On the hunt for a new one, he finds a slightly batty friend instead.

  • Life as a Snapshot

    Life as a Snapshot (2012)
    Film (Short, Action and Drama) Actress Life of man in his early 30's trying to find his place in this world. By choosing different types of artistic activities, he struggles to achieve whole picture of his life.

  • Rogue Cop School

    Rogue Cop School (2012)
    Television (Comedy) Actress Two average NYPD beat cops have begun a journey that will turn them into ass-kicking loose cannons.

  • Focus

    Focus (2012)
    Film (Short and Comedy) Actress Add a Plot »

  • The Louder the Better

    The Louder the Better (2012)
    Film (Short, Comedy and Drama) Actress Max Cotton is a right wing radio personality desperately fighting for ratings. When one of his listeners shoots an IRS agent on the air, he is thrown into a crisis of existential guilt, but the media powers that be have other ideas.

  • Prohibition

    Prohibition (2011)
    Television (Documentary and History) Music department Throughout American history, heavy alcohol consumption has been a pervasive part of its national social character. However in the 1800s, a growing Temperance movement arose determined to oppose the destructive habit by any means necessary. This series tells the story of this crusade until it achieved its ultimate goal of passing the 18th Amendment of the US Constitution which imposed prohibition. After that victory, the series covers this social reform's disastrous unintended consequences that encouraged clandestine drinking and organized crime while undermining civil liberties and society's respect for the law in ways that still reverberate today. Written by Kenneth Chisholm (kchishol@rogers.com)

  • Lullaby for Ray

    Lullaby for Ray (2011)
    Film (Drama, Fantasy, Romance and Short) Actress / Co-Composer It's a last day of summer, and the last day of love in the life of two New York vagrants.

  • Boardwalk Empire

    Boardwalk Empire (2011)
    Television (Crime, Drama and History) Actress Set in the Prohibition era of the 1920s Boardwalk Empire is the story of Enoch "Nucky" Thompson, the treasurer of Atlantic County, Atlantic City, New Jersey. Due to his relationships with mobsters as well as political contacts, the Federal Government start to take an interest in him. His lavish lifestyle seems at odds with his position, and as well as his connections, there is prolific bootlegging in the area. Written by WellardRockard

  • Peace, Love & Misunderstanding

    Peace, Love & Misunderstanding (2011)
    Film (Comedy, Drama, Music and Romance) Actress An uptight NYC lawyer takes her two teenagers to her hippie mother's farmhouse upstate for a family vacation. What was meant to be a weekend getaway quickly turns into a summer adventure of romance, music, family secrets and self-discovery. Written by BCDF Pictures

  • Sarina's Song

    Sarina's Song (2011)
    Film (Drama, Romance, Music and Short) Actress / Co-Composer Set in the 1940's, 'Sarina's Song' follows the journey of a young woman who seeks to escape her aristocratic upbringing for a chance at true love.

  • Mauselehome Sweet Home

    Mauselehome Sweet Home (2010)
    Film (Short and Comedy) Actress Add a Plot »

  • SubHysteria

    SubHysteria (2010)
    Film (Drama and Thriller) Actress Sixteen people get stuck in a subway car in NYC for several days, without communication, hope, way to escape, and a fatal sensation that they are going to die. A raw display of human behavior when one confronts the possibility of death.

  • Life on Mars

    Life on Mars (2009)
    Television (Crime, Drama, Mystery and Sci-Fi) Actress Sam Tyler is a police detective in 2008 when he gets struck by a car and is knocked unconscious. When he comes to and finds himself in 1973 he goes to his precinct and is mistaken for a transfer from another precinct. He finds himself trying to do things a little differently from what he is used to. And he tries to figure out why he is in 1973. Written by rcs0411@yahoo.com

  • Gossip Girl

    Gossip Girl (2009)
    Television (Drama and Romance) Actress Gossip Girl follows the lives of privileged teenagers on the upper east side. Serena Van Der Woodsen is a blonde and beautiful socialite, Everyone knows Serena. Blair Waldorf is Serena's best friend but it's always about Serena not Blair. Nate Archibald is Blair's boyfriend but ever since Serena came back from boarding school Nate has been acting strange? Chuck Bass a rich and arrogant person. Daniel Humphrey a loney boy from Brooklyn, NY who nobody knows. Follow the lives of this guilty pleasure show.

  • Law & Order: Criminal Intent

    Law & Order: Criminal Intent (2008)
    Television (Crime, Drama, Mystery and Thriller) Actress This show centers on the NYPD's Major Case Squad (and the offbeat, Sherlock Holmes-like Detective Robert Goren) in its efforts to stop the worst criminal offenders in New York. It also puts a new twist to the "Law & Order" formula: now, in each episode, we see the crimes as they are planned and committed. Written by Brian Barjenbruch

  • Dear Angry

    Dear Angry (2003)
    Film (Drama and Short) Actress A high paid executive crosses paths with a Stranger and gets a new perspective on life.

  • Shake, Rattle and Roll: An American Love Story

    Shake, Rattle and Roll: An American Love Story (1999)
    Film (Drama) Actress A group of high school friends starts a rock band during the 1950's. The band gets popular and the labels approach them with their own ideas about the direction the band should take next. Will their pressure tear the band apart?

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