About the Author

Thomas Kaufman, mystery writer and cinematographer

When he’s not writing about DC private eye Willis Gidney, Thomas shoots movies for National Geographic, the Discovery Channel, A & E, the BBC, WGBH in Boston, WNET in New York, and WETA in his hometown of Washington, DC.

He’s also worked with cops, interviewed them and ridden with them on patrol, for TV shows like THE NEW DETECTIVES, THE FBI FILES, and THE PROSECUTORS.

The independent documentaries on which he’s worked include EYES ON THE PRIZE, COUNTDOWN TO ZERO, and PROMISES TO KEEP, an Academy Award-nominated feature about the homeless.   Mr Kaufman’s current film project is an independent documentary, INDIAN HILL SUMMER.  Here’s the trailer which includes an interview with Pete Seeger:  www.indianhillmovie.org

Mr Kaufman has twice won the Gordon Parks Award for Cinematography, and an Emmy for his documentary about deaf children, SEE WHAT I’M SAYING.


Thomas Kaufman filming the movie "Unanswered Prayers"

Thomas Kaufman working as a camera operator on “Unanswered Prayers” for Lifetime Television, and using the Panavision Genesis HD camera.  Fun stuff!

If you’d like to see his film work, click here.