Deborah's Best In The Biz Tribute, part of a signature series at FeFF features an intimate conversation with our honorary guest.

Deborah Kampmeier is an award-winning filmmaker and is beloved and much-celebrated by the the Female Eye.  first feature “Virgin,” starring Elisabeth Moss and Robin Wright was nominated for two 2004 Independent Spirit Awards, including Best Actress for Elisabeth Moss and the John Cassavetes Award. Her second feature, “Hounddog,” starring Dakota Fanning and Robin Wright was nominated for the Grand Jury Prize at the 2007 Sundance Film Festival. Deborah’s third feature, “SPLit,” won Best of Show at the 2016 Female Eye Film Festival and was nominated for the Independent Vision Best Film at the 2016 Sarasota Film Festival. Her fourth feature, "TAPE" will have it's world premiere at the 2020 Female Eye Film Festival. Kampmeier made her television directorial debut on DuVernay’s critically acclaimed series “Queen Sugar” in 2019 and followed immediately with two episodes of DuVernay's new series "Cherish the Day."  She is currently in development with several projects including her next feature “Dirt Rhapsody,” as well as her limited series "Pilgrim’s Wilderness."

DIRECTOR'S STATEMENT: “The Female Eye has been a champion of my work from the beginning, before it was fashionable to support women's voices.  It has been so important to me to have this home, which has given me a place to move from isolation to connection as I have searched, in my work, for a cinematic language to shift from the male gaze to the female experience.  And so to have the opportunity to share all of my films at this year's festival and to receive this award is an incredible honor and a true homecoming.  I couldn't be more excited and grateful."

At 2PM, following a short intermission, we will present Deborah's second feature "Hounddog",  starring Dakota Fanning and Robin Wright which was nominated for the Grand Jury Prize at the 2007 Sundance Film Festival.  

Hounddog (2007) is a drama set in the American South, where a precocious, troubled girl finds a safe haven in the music and movement of Elvis Presley and, ultimately, in the healing power of her own voice. Starring Dakota Fanning, Robin Wright, David Morse, and Piper Laurie.

A moderated audience Q&A with the director and special guests follows the screening.


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