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Member Profile: Deborah Kampmeier

Deborah Kampmeier's second feature film Hounddog opened in theaters in a Limited Release in August, 2008.  Hounddog was nominated for the Grand Jury Prize at the 2007 Sundance Film Festival.  The film stars Dakota Fanning, Robin Wright Penn, Piper Lauri and David Morse.  

Deborah's first feature film Virgin, which she made for $65,000 was nominated for two 2004 Independent Spirit Awards, the John Cassavetes Award (given to the best feature made for under $500,000) and the Best Female Lead for Elisabeth Moss' performance in the film. In addition, Kampmeier won Best Screenwriter at the 2003 Hamptons International Film Festival. And Virgin garnered Best Feature Film at the 2003 Female Eye Film Festival in Toronto, won Best Independent Spirit at the Santa Fe Film Festival and Best Actress at the Sedona Film Festival. Virgin had its world premiere at the 2003 IFP Los Angeles Film Festival.

Deborah has also written and directed three short films.  Eat Your Heart Out, Deborah's third short film, was an official selection of the 2002 New York International Independent Film Festival and can be seen on dvd as an extra with her feature Virgin.  Deborah is currently in development with three projects, including her original screenplay Split which she plans to begin directing in NYC in the Spring of 2009.   

Deborah has worked in theater in New York City for the past 25 years as a writer, director, actor and teacher.  Deborah began her career in theater as an actress after training at the National Shakespeare Conservatory from 1983-85, and has taught acting in NYC for the past 20 years. She is a member of NYWIFT, IFP and Film Independent.

Deborah is the founder of Full Moon Films, a company dedicated to the development and production of films by and about women.  Full Moon Films is located in Piermont, NY where she lives with her daughter Sophia.

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