Deborah Kampmeier’s second feature film Hounddog, was nominated for the Grand Jury Prize at the 2007 Sundance Film Festival. It won the top jury prize, Best of the Show, at the 2009 Female Eye Film Festival in Toronto and Best Feature at the 2008 Foyle Film Festival in Northern Ireland. 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 Mad Men’s Elisabeth Moss’ performance in the film. In addition, Kampmeier won Best Screenwriter at the 2003 Hamptons International Film Festival. Virgin had its world premiere at the 2003 IFP Los Angeles Film Festival.
Deborah is currently in development with three projects, including her original screenplay ‘The Lonely Hunter’ which she plans to begin directing in the Spring of 2012.
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 at such institutions as NYU, Stella Adler Studios, Michael Howard Studios, Playwrights Horizons and The National Shakespeare Conservatory. She is a member of NYWIFT, IFP and Film Independent.