Bernardo Ruiz is a writer and documentary filmmaker. He is the founder of Quiet Pictures, a New York-based documentary production outfit. His directorial feature debut, REPORTERO (POV, 2013) about attacks on the press in Mexico, was nominated for a 2014 News and Documentary Emmy® Award. It premiered at Full Frame (U.S.), IDFA (Europe) and Ambulante (Mexico). New York Magazine called it “a powerful reminder of how journalism often requires immense amounts of physical and psychological bravery.”
His second feature documentary, KINGDOM OF SHADOWS (POV, 2016) was recently called “unforgettable” by The New York Times. “Many documentaries have chronicled the drug war in the U.S. and Mexico,” writes Slackerwood of the film, “but few have humanized it as poignantly as Kingdom of Shadows. [It] is more observant than crusading...rooted in first-rate journalism.” It premiered at SXSW in the U.S. , IDFA in Europe and airs nationally on POV on September 19th, 2016.
In 2015, Ruiz was a filmmaker in residence at the Investigative Reporting Program (IRP) at the U.C. Berkeley Graduate School of Journalism. Previously he created and Executive Produced the two part bilingual PBS series, “The Graduates/Los Graduados” (Independent Lens, 2013). Edutopia called it “a winner that should be seen by as many students, teachers and parents as possible.” Ruiz also wrote, directed and produced American Experience: Roberto Clemente (PBS, 2008) which was awarded the NCLR, “Alma” Award for “Outstanding Made for Television Documentary.”