Ross Kauffman


Ross Kauffman, Filmmaker

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 20 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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Spring Festivals!
April 04, 2019

Spring Festivals!

Festival season is ramping up and our prolific SocDoc alum are screening at major festivals across North America. Here’s a rundown of where SocDocers and their films are at over the next few months:  Read More
2019 Alumni Editing Fellowship
March 29, 2019

2019 Alumni Editing Fellowship

Graduates of SVA’s MFA Documentary program (Groups 1 through 8) are invited to apply for the second annual SocDoc Summer Editing Fellowship with their documentary features in post-production.

Acknowledging that emerging documenta Read More
March Weekend Camera & Sound Workshops
February 12, 2019

March Weekend Camera & Sound Workshops

We've got two weekend workshops coming up in March to help you brush up on your camera & sound skills. Read More