About COM

Sam Kauffmann

kauffmann_shootingProfessor, Film

Sam Kauffmann was named a Guggenheim Fellow in Creative Arts—Film in 2009. He teaches film production and motion picture editing. He recently completed a film that exposes the many biases that are inherent in the SAT and ACT tests, called Act Out Against SAT, and his film Kids Living with Slim (2010), about African children who are HIV positive, won a CINE Golden Eagle Award. His previous film, Massacre at Murambi (2007), was aired on the PBS series P.O.V. It won top prizes and was screened at festivals all over the world. In 2004, he was a Fulbright Scholar, teaching production at Makerere University in Kampala, Uganda. In 2006 he was a Fulbright Senior Specialist teaching at the National University of Rwanda. He is the author of one of the world’s most popular motion picture editing books, Avid Editing: A Guide for Beginning and Intermediate Users, from Focal Press. It has been translated into Spanish, Russian and Mandarin Chinese editions.


BA, University of Pennsylvania
MS, Boston University

Selected Films

  • ACT Out Against SAT
  • Kids Living with Slim
  • Massacre at Murambi
  • The Media and American Democracy
  • Living with Slim: Kids Talk About HIV/AIDS
  • South Africa: Building Democracy
  • Show Your Love
  • Lessons from the Ones We Love
  • Gone Too Far? Kids Talk About TV
  • Surviving the Family
  • Fire: Countdown to Disaster
  • Water: Not Enough to Waste
  • Beginning Changes: Oxfam Overseas
  • Voices of a Divided City
  • Killing Time
  • Busing: A Rough Ride in Southie
  • Portrait Without a Frame
  • The Last 30 Seconds


Email: samfilm@bu.edu
Office: 704 Commonwealth Ave, 407B