Rubén Abruña has extensive experience in the entertainment industry, working in film, television, and radio. He has written, produced, directed, and edited numerous documentaries, corporate videos, promos, and commercials in New York, San Juan, and Miami. His credits include work for The Discovery Channel Latin America, PBS, WPLG (Miami's ABC affiliate), Mitsubishi Motors, DHL, and Little Caesar's Pizza, among others.
His love for documentaries began early on, when he studied under the guidance of Jean Rouch and George Stoney. He has garnered the Wolfson Media Award for South of Brooklyn, the Aurora Film Festival Gold Award for What About Coral?, and the Blue Ribbon Award at the American Film Festival for The Battle of Vieques.
He recently completed a commercial for FLOCAR, the international real estate company. Four versions were completed in English, Spanish, French and Italian. The spot will air in France, the UK, Italy and the USA. The documentary Fernando & Boise premiered in the 2010 Anchorage International Film Festival. In 2009, he produced Broader Impacts, for the National Science Foundation. In a very engaging fashion, it documents a scientific workshop delivered by Cornell University professors to elementary and middle school students in the rural community of Adjuntas, Puerto Rico.
As an Assistant Professor at Miami Dade College, he teaches film and video production and post-production. He is also a certified trainer for Avid's Media Composer 6 and Final Cut Pro 7 and FCPX. In 2010, Rubén edited the book Survey of Documentary Film, a selection of writings about the history of the nonfiction genre. Additionally, Rubén directed the English to Spanish translation of Avid's training books for Media Composer.
Currently, Rubén is editing The Absent House, the story of Fernando Abruña Charneco, an architect and disciple of Buckminster Fuller, who built the first sustainable house in Puerto Rico.