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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Summer Intensive: A Few Places Still Available
April 04, 2018

Summer Intensive: A Few Places Still Available

Ross Kauffman (Born Into Brothels), Richard Hankin (The Jinx), Deborah Dickson (Ruthie & Connie), Ann Collins (Joan Didion: The Center Will Not Hold), Tom Hurwitz, ASC (Queen of Versailles) confirmed faculty; what you will learn, and more!

 
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Alumni Editing Fellowship
March 30, 2018

Alumni Editing Fellowship

Graduates of SVA’s MFA Documentary program (Groups 1 through 7) are invited to apply for the first ever SocDoc Summer Editing Fellowship with their documentary features in post-production.
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Spring Festivals!
March 20, 2018

Spring Festivals!

Spring feels like Festival Season & we are zipping around North America this month with films from our prolific faculty and alumni. SocDocers are attending many festivals – we hope to see you around!
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Summer Residency: The Art of the Documentary Interview
February 14, 2018

Summer Residency: The Art of the Documentary Interview

We are launching our first summer intensive - a two-week ‘Mini-SocDoc’ for emerging filmmakers to polish their skills as directors. Read More