Amy Kaufman


Amy Kaufman left her position as an Executive VP of Production at Focus Features to establish her shingle Primary Productions under which she first produced Sin Nombre (2007). The film won numerous recognitions including the Best Directing and Best Cinematography prizes at the 2009 Sundance Film Festival and the Jury Prize at the Deauville Film Festival. Amy, director Cary Fukunaga and cinematographer Adriano Goldman were also nominated by the 2009 Film Independent Spirit
Awards for Best Feature, Best Director and Best Cinematography, respectively. In 2010 Amy produced the feature film The Whistleblower and in 2012 produced Ain’t Them Bodies Saints written and directed by David Lowery, starring Rooney Mara, Casey Affleck and Ben Foster. She next produced Beasts of No Nation staring Idris Elba. The film premiered at the Venice Film Festival and won numerous recognitions, including the Marcello Mastroianni Award for Abraham Attah’s breakthrough performance, an Independent Spirit Award for Best Male Lead also for Abraham Attah’s performance, an NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Independent Motion Picture, A Screen Actors Award for Idris Elba and a Peabody Award.