Deborah Hoffmann

Deborah Hoffmann received an Academy Award nomination in 1995 for her personal documentary Complaints of a Dutiful Daughter, which chronicled her caregiving experiences with her mother's worsening Alzheimer’s Disease. The film, received over 30 other international awards, including an Emmy, a Peabody, and a duPont-Columbia Award.

Deborah received a second Oscar nomination in 2000 for Long Night's Journey into Day: South Africa's Search for Truth and Reconciliation, made with her partner Frances Reid.

Deborah is also a widely acclaimed editor of such classic documentaries as the Oscar winning The Times of Harvey Milk, Ethnic Notions, and Color Adjustment. She was a lecturer at the UC Berkeley Graduate School of Journalism from 2000 until 2009, at which time she had to resign due to contracting ME/CFS. Since then she has served as Creative Advisor and Executive Producer on the Oscar nominated Extremis and Oscar short-listed The Kill Team. She also proudly served as Advisor and Executive Producer for the Oscar short-listed Unrest, Jen Brea’s film about the illness she and Deborah share.

Deborah has served on juries for the Sundance, San Francisco and Mill Valley Film Festivals, and on the IDA, Independent Spirit, and Gotham Awards. She is a member of the documentary branch of the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences. (8/19)

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Complaints of a Dutiful Daughter


A film by Deborah Hoffmann, 1994, 44 min., Color
With profound insight and a healthy dose of levity, COMPLAINTS OF A DUTIFUL DAUGHTER chronicles the various stages of a mother's Alzheimer's Disease a...

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