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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Application Info Session Jan 22
January 11, 2018

Application Info Session Jan 22

SocDoc is hosting an online info session ahead of our application deadline. Drop in to this online info session anytime from 3-6pm EST to have your questions answered – whether you have a query about the application process, or want more details on the program and department itself. Read More
Masterclass with Frederick Wiseman
January 11, 2018

Masterclass with Frederick Wiseman

We are thrilled to announce that we are hosting one of America’s best known documentary filmmakers, Frederick Wiseman, to give a masterclass for SVA students following the recent release of his 41st documentary Ex Libris – The New Yor Read More
Prospective Students: Attend Spring Process & Style Screenings
December 20, 2017

Prospective Students: Attend Spring Process & Style Screenings

If you're considering joining SVA's MFA Social Documentary Film program, we encourage you to come by for a tour of the department, and to sit in on our weekly screening series that comprise our Process & Style class on Thursday evenings. Read More
NEW! Two-Day Documentary Intensives
December 06, 2017

NEW! Two-Day Documentary Intensives

We are excited to announce that new this year, SocDoc is expanding our class offerings to include a couple of weekend-long workshops as well as a two-week summer session. These classes are all open to the public.

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