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(Boston) – Boston University Professor Sam Kauffmann, an award-winning documentary filmmaker, has won a 2009 Guggenheim fellowship, one of 180 artists, scientists, and scholars named in the 85th annual competition for the United States and Canada. Fellows are appointed “on the basis of stellar achievement and exceptional promise for continued accomplishment,” according to the John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation.
“I feel astoundingly humbled and excited and honored just to be in the company of such great scientists and other artists,” said Kauffmann, who joined the BU faculty in 1992 and teaches film and video production and digital editing in the College of Communication. He has won national awards as a documentary filmmaker, writer, animator, commercial director and film editor, and is author of a series of textbooks on Avid editing.
Of Kauffmann’s 19 films, the last two were produced while on Fulbright scholarships –“Massacre at Murambi” in 2007 about the Rwanda genocide, and “Living with Slim: Kids Talk About HIV/AIDS” in 2004, following seven HIV-positive African children, and now widely used by aid and development organizations globally as a teaching tool. He will use his Guggenheim to return to Uganda for a follow-up film on those children.
Founded in 1839, Boston University is the fourth largest independent university in the United States, with more than 30,000 students in its 17 colleges and schools. BU has established an international reputation for excellence in teaching and conducting research on Africa, and has built and maintained broad collaborations with institutions in Africa.