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 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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Fall 2019 info sessions
October 24, 2018

Fall 2019 info sessions

Interested in human stories?  Connected to social justice issues?  Explore the potential of a career in documentary storytelling at SVA’s MFA Social Documentary Read More
Wisdom, Grit, Elephants & more SocDoc titles at Doc NYC
October 17, 2018

Wisdom, Grit, Elephants & more SocDoc titles at Doc NYC

Fall begins and we’re excited to find some of our alumni and faculty’s new films at Doc NYC this year! Come and join us to watch some amazing films - grab some friends!Read More
Fall Weekend Workshops
October 02, 2018

Fall Weekend Workshops

We've got three weekend workshops coming up in the Fall to help you brush up on your camera & sound skills and perfect your budget. Maybe you're just starting out and need the basics, or you are more experienced and want a refresher - the Read More
8th Thesis Showcase Films Announced!
September 12, 2018

8th Thesis Showcase Films Announced!

Join us to celebrate the graduates of School of VISUAL ARTS MFA Social Documentary Film with the 8th Annual Thesis Showcase. We are proud to celebrate GROUP 8, the class of 2018! Here we share their work-in-progress thesis films, which inspir Read More