ROSS KAUFFMAN, DIRECTOR/PRODUCER
Ross Kauffman is the director, producer, cinematographer and co-editor of Born Into Brothels, winner of the 2005 Academy Award for Best Documentary. Kauffman began as a documentary film editor, and then spent several years at Valkhn Film and Video Inc., a post-production company where he worked on a wide variety of films for HBO, WNET/Thirteen, National Geographic and The Discovery Channel. In 2001, Kauffman formed Red Light Films to direct and produce Born Into Brothels, a documentary about the children of Calcutta's prostitutes. It was accepted to over 50 film festivals worldwide and has since received over 40 awards, including National Board of Review Best Documentary 2004, LA Film Critics Best Documentary 2004 and the 2004 Sundance Film Festival Audience Award. Kauffman is currently working on a variety of projects, including: Exposure, a scripted television series following the lives of five present day photojournalists around the globe and the documentary Wait For Me, chronicling the story of a mother’s spiritual and emotional search for her son who went missing twenty-three years ago. Other projects include: In a Dream, the story of the Philadelphia mosaic artist Isaiah Zagar which was shortlisted for the 2009 Academy Award for Best Documentary Feature; and Project Kashmir, a documentary that takes viewers into the war-zone of Kashmir and examines the conflict from emotional and social viewpoints.