Ross Kauffman

Filmmaker

Ross Kauffman, Filmmaker


www.fictionless.com/

Classes taught:
Documentary Masters

Ross Kauffman is the Academy Award®-winning filmmaker of the documentary BORN INTO BROTHELS. From the war zones of Libya and Syria to the brothels of Kolkata, Ross has filmed around the world. In 2014, Ross, along with Katy Chevigny directed E-TEAM, a Netflix Original documentary about four intrepid human rights investigators. The film debuted at The Sundance Film Festival and garnered Best Cinematography Award for a Documentary Feature. Ross directed the short film FIRE WITH FIRE about an oncology unit at the University of Pennsylvania as they attempt to develop a cure for leukemia using a disabled form of the HIV virus. The film went viral collecting over 4.5 million hits and has been shown around the world, spreading word about this revolutionary new treatment and in the process helping raise millions of dollars for cancer research. In 2009, he served as Executive Producer on the documentary feature IN A DREAM, short-listed for the Academy Awards. Ross also specializes in short form branded content for clients as diverse as Apple, GE, and Toyota. He is currently an adjunct professor at The School of Visual Arts Social Documentary Masters Program. In addition, Ross has guest lectured at high schools and universities worldwide. In 2014, Ross co-founded and serves as Creative Director of Fictionless, a media company specializing in documentary film and branded content.

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7th Annual Thesis Showcase Lineup Announced
August 31, 2017

7th Annual Thesis Showcase Lineup Announced

Join us to celebrate GROUP 7, the class of 2017 with our annual Thesis Showcase.  Here we screen each graduate’s work-in-progress thesis films. They inspire and amaze us. We hope you feel the same!
 
Screenings are Sept. 22-23 at the SVA Theatre, and are free & open to the public. Read More
SocDoc Alum David Osit Earns Three Emmy Noms!
August 08, 2017

SocDoc Alum David Osit Earns Three Emmy Noms!

A big shout-out to our own David Osit (class of 2011) for his News and Documentary Emmy Awards nominations for his film Thank You For Playing: Best Documentary, Outstanding Editing: Documentary, and Outstanding Arts & Culture Documentary. The film is directed and produced by David Osit and Malika Zouhali-Worrall, and David also served as the film's editor, cinematographer, and composer. Read More
Toronto Film Festival, IFP Week & PBS "POV" Include SocDoc Titles
August 02, 2017

Toronto Film Festival, IFP Week & PBS "POV" Include SocDoc Titles

It is just the middle of summer and our steadfast SocDoc alumni and faculty are covering themselves in glory! Like iridescent pearls, they are picking up the light from industry, networks and festivals alike and sending it back out into the world.&nb Read More
Spring Festivals and Awards Roundup
April 13, 2017

Spring Festivals and Awards Roundup

Tis the season to celebrate documentary filmmaking and SocDocers are certainly joining the fun.  From Hot Docs in Canada to Monclair Film Festival in our own backyard and doc labs around the world, we’re thrilled to have such a strong show Read More