The Investigative Reporting Program (IRP) at the UC Berkeley Graduate School of Journalism is pleased to announce that Emmy-nominated documentary filmmaker Bernardo Ruiz will be joining the IRP as a ‘Filmmaker in Residence’ for the fall 2015 semester. The IRP is providing Ruiz with special support to work on a feature-length documentary about an international forensic anthropology team. Support for Ruiz’s documentary is an extension of the IRP’s ongoing investigative and documentary work on Mexico, and the U.S.-Mexico relationship. Ruiz’s film has also been supported by the MacArthur Foundation, the Ford Foundation and the Sundance Documentary Fund through a Time-Warner Fellowship. “I am excited by this opportunity to work alongside some of the top investigative journalists in the field,” said Ruiz, “as well as to explore artistic collaborations in the space where journalism and documentary filmmaking are converging.”
Ruiz directed and produced the PBS documentary “Reportero” (POV, 2013) about attacks on the press in Mexico, which was nominated for a 2014 News and Documentary Emmy® Award. He is the executive producer of The Graduates/Los Graduados, a two-part bilingual series for Independent Lens which Edutopia called a “a winner that should be seen by as many students, teachers and parents as possible.” He is the writer, director and producer of American Experience: Roberto Clemente (PBS, 2008) which was awarded the NCLR, “Alma” Award for “Outstanding Made for Television Documentary”. Previously, Ruiz co-produced The Sixth Section/La Sexta Sección (POV, 2003) about the transnational organizing efforts of a group of undocumented workers from Mexico living in New York. It won the best short documentary award at the Morelia International Film Festival. Most recently, Ruiz directed and produced “Kingdom of Shadows” (Participant Media) about the lives of three people impacted by the U.S.-Mexico narco conflict. The film premiered at SXSW and is set for limited release in November 2015. Ruiz is a recipient of a New York Foundation for the Arts (NYFA) fellowship in film and was previously awarded the Rockefeller Bellagio residency.