Wilson Center Experts
Bernardo Ruiz's most recent film, Reportero, follows a veteran reporter and his colleagues at an embattled Mexican news weekly as they report on organized crime and corrupt local officials. The film recently completed a 12-city tour of Mexico through Ambulante and screened at the Full Frame Documentary Film Festival, the Human Rights Watch Film Festival and the Los Angeles Film Festival. It airs January 7th, 2013 on the PBS documentary series POV as part of their 25th anniversary season.
Ruiz is currently serving as Executive Producer of two one-hour documentaries examining the nation’s dropout crisis, as part of the public media initiative American Graduate. Previously, he was the director/producer of American Experience: Roberto Clemente (PBS, 2008), winner of the NCLR ALMA Award for Outstanding Made for Television Documentary. He was the co-producer of The Sixth Section/La Sexta Sección, an innovative depiction of the transnational organizing efforts of a community of Mexican immigrants in New York. The film won the top short documentary prize at the Morelia International Film Festival in Mexico, and aired on the public television series POV in 2003. He is the recipient of a New York Foundation on the Arts Fellowship in Film and his work has been supported by grants from the Ford Foundation, the Sundance Documentary Institute, Cinereach and ITVS, among others. In 2007, he founded Quiet Pictures in order to produce aesthetically innovative and socially relevant documentary films for all platforms.