Bernardo Ruiz is a two-time Emmy® nominated documentary filmmaker based in New York. His latest feature documentary, HARVEST SEASON, airs May 13, 2019 on PBS’s documentary series, Independent Lens. “Told expertly and with some startlingly gorgeous photography,” Criterion Cast writes of the film, “[it is] a film that’s as beautiful as it is intimate and emotionally moving.”
His directorial feature debut, REPORTERO, (POV, 2013) about attacks on the press in Mexico 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) premiered at SXSW in the U.S. and IDFA in Europe. “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.” The New York Times called it “unforgettable.”
In the fall of 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 Roberto Clemente (PBS, 2008) which was awarded the NCLR, “Alma” Award for “Outstanding Made for Television Documentary." He serves on the advisory board of the Full Frame Documentary Film Festival and recently joined the documentary branch of The Academy.
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