Johanna Bermúdez-Ruiz, director and producer of the award-winning documentary, VIEQUES: AN ISLAND FORGING FUTURES, recently completed the compelling documentary feature-length film, SUGAR PATHWAYS.
Ms. Bermúdez-Ruiz is a writer and producer of documentaries, films, music videos, and high definition footage for television documentaries. She has worked with Susan Batson and Carl Ford of Black Nexxus, Lauren Velez, and David Zayas. Recently, she filmed the Caribbean reenactments for Lester Holt’s MSNBC documentary, WHY PLANES CRASH: BREAKING POINT. She actively participates in organizations that support independent filmmaking, social issues and youth empowerment.
In 2009, Ms. Bermúdez-Ruiz was nominated Best Film Directed by a Woman of Color. Previous awards include the Maffa Film Festival Best Short Documentary, San Juan Cinema Fest Humming Bird Best Short Documentary, and Image Nation Special Mention Award.
Ms. Bermúdez-Ruiz speaks nationally to students at all levels. Lecture sites include Rutgers University, New York University, Hunter College, Pennsylvania State University, and recently at Virgin Islands Volunteer Advocates for Children (VIVA) to encourage youngsters to pursue a higher education and learn about film production.
She currently resides in St. Croix where her film company, Cane Bay Films LLC, is based. She has lived in London, Florida, California, New York City, and Ohio. Ms. Bermúdez-Ruiz is one of the founding members of the New York City Chapter National Association of Latino Independent Producers (NALIP).