Ross Kauffman is the director, producer, cinematographer and co-editor of BORN INTO BROTHELS, winner of the 2005 Academy Award for Best Documentary.
BORN INTO BROTHELS was shown in over fifty film festivals worldwide and has since received a multitude of awards, including the 2005 Emmy Award for Best Documentary, National Board of Review Best Documentary 2004, LA Film Critics Best Documentary 2004, and the 2004 Sundance Film Festival Audience Award.
Working in the film industry for over two decades, Ross started as a production assistant on commercials and TV. He then took an apprenticeship and worked as a documentary film editor from 1992 – 2000. He spent three years at the post-production company Valkhn Film and Video, working under the tutelage of Sam Pollard and Victor Kanefsky, on a wide variety of verité documentary films for HBO, WNET/THIRTEEN, National Geographic and The Discovery Channel.
In 2009, Ross served as Executive Producer on the documentary feature IN A DREAM, short-listed for the Academy Awards and nominated for an Emmy. He also worked as Consulting Producer on POSTERGIRL, a documentary short nominated for the Academy Award in 2011.
Ross is also regarded as a top documentary cinematographer. From the war zones of Libya to the front lines of Kashmir, Ross has filmed around the world. He was part of the lensing team on HALF THE SKY, a landmark transmedia project inspired by Nicholas Kristof and Sheryl WuDunn’s best-selling book of the same name. Ignited by a high-profile national PBS television event and fueled by a host of significant multi-platform initiatives, HALF THE SKY will air in the fall of 2012.
Ross has filmed and served as field director on a host of documentaries including Morgan Spurlock’s COMICON! and AMC’s COMMITTED, where he filmed and followed such directors as John Sayles and the late George Hickenlooper as he premiered his final film, CASINO JACK, at the Toronto International Film Festival.
Currently, Ross is directing a variety of projects including: E-TEAM, a documentary feature about three Human Rights Watch investigators, for which he was awarded a National Endowment for the Arts grant (directing with Katy Chevigny); and WAIT FOR ME, a documentary chronicling the story of a mother’s spiritual and emotional search for her son who went missing twenty-seven years ago.
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