Deborah Kaufman produced and directed Thirst (2004), Secrets of Silicon Valley (2001) and Blacks and Jews (1997). She founded and was for thirteen years director of the San Francisco Jewish Film Festival, the first and largest independent Jewish film showcase in the world. Kaufman has been a board member of the California Council for the Humanities, Amnesty International USA and the New Israel Fund. She has been a consultant, programmer, lecturer and activist with a variety of human rights, multicultural and media arts organizations. Kaufman is a graduate of University of California Hastings College of the Law and a member of the California Bar.