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Ruth Somalo

Is a Spanish filmmaker, curator and researcher based in New York. 


She is currently a Programmer at DOC NYC, DocumentaMadrid and The Architecture and Design Film Festival. As an independent curator she is interested in the Poetics of Fragility and reclaiming a non judgmental non anthropocentric space for emotions. Some of her latest programs are “Holy Fluids and Absent Wounds” and “Queer Utopias” (Union Docs) and 2017's Flaherty NYC Winter/Spring Series “Broken Senses” (Anthology Film archives).
Ruth’s latest films are constructed around taboos of the female body, gender specific illnesses and patriarcal structures in the medical establishment, narrative medicine and the economy of death, human remains and experiences of loss. Her work has been shown in theaters, festivals and museums internationally, including the Verdi Cinema Theatre and Contemporary Art Center Matadero de Madrid, San Sebastian International Film Festival, Cinema du Réel (Paris), ADFF (NY), L'Alternativa (CCCB Barcelona), Documentamadrid, MOMA PS1 (Expo1) and at the EYE Film Institute in Amsterdam (Spanish Cinema Without Fear).


Ruth often collaborates with other artists and filmmakers as a producer, cinematographer and editor; notably she is a Seventh Annual Television Academy Honoree as a producer for the Web series Screw You Cancer directed by Cathryne Czubek.


She is also writing her PhD. dissertation and often works as a guest lecturer and mentor of non fiction projects. Her current academic research and film project “Mending Objects” investigates the experience of loss in first person documentary and experimental non fiction. She is currently taking part on a research project directed by Professor Javier Moscoso as a member of the research group Hist-Ex (Anthropology of Experience) at the Spanish National Research Council.







Select filmography/videography

2018 A Monthly Ritual

2017 Feature Documentary: Consulta 32. Director/Producer/Writer/DP
2016 Relocating One’s Own Shame. Director/Producer/Writer/Camera/editor
2015 Eusebio, el Americano. Director/Producer/Writer/Camera/editor.
2014 Play Me. Co-Director/Producer/Camera/editor
2014 Sensorium (Produced at The Colony of Light art residency at MOMA PS1).
2013 71% selected by MOMA PS1 Expo 1.
2012 Machine for Life. Director/Producer/Writer/Camera/editor
2011 The ancient power of menʼs hands. (Commissioned by Cataloniaʼs Museum of Rural Life) Director/Camera/Editor
2010 Feature Doc:Till Youʼre Told To Stop: James Blunt. Producer/Director/Camera/Editor
2008 Beginning in Islington. Producer/Director/ Camera/Editor
2007 Going Places: Attempting an international mobility biography. Producer/Director/Camera/Editor
2006 Thank you Dr. Gowne. Producer/Director/Camera/ Editor
2004 200Km. Co-producer/co-Director/Camera/Script (colectivo Discusión 14)
2004 Spanish Eyes. Producer/Director/Actress/Voice over.
2003 From the Bathtub (Desde la Bañera). Producer/Director/ Editor.
2003 Call Center: a new memory (Locutorio: Una nueva memoria). Producer/Director.

Works in -various stages of- progress
Momento Mori. To be presented with my PhD. thesis defense.
The Tear Project.
Sweeping The Streets.
Utam Uncle.

Awards / selected screenings & exhibitions / artist residencies

Consulta 32: Malaga International Film Festival, Alcances, Cineteca de Madrid, 2018.

The American: Eusebio, screening at CCCB Museum (L'Alternativa Barcelona) & Directed by Women Spain Festival (BCN - MAD) 2016.

Hewnoaks artist in residency, ME USA, August 2016.

The American: Eusebio, screening at Festival Internacional de Cinema de València Cinema Jove, 2016

The American: Eusebio, programmed at The Eye Film Institute (Spanish Cinema without Fear), Amsterdam, 2016.

The American: Eusebio, Alcances-Muestra Cinematográfica del Atlántico, 2015

Sensorium, Fifth Under the Subway Video Art Night, The ANNEX Art Social Space, NYC, USA, 7 at Project Space Kleiner Salon, Berlin. 2015

3S Artspace, Portsmouth, NH, The Colony of Light, Artist in Residency, 2015

Play Me, Architecture and Design Film Festival, 2014.

Seventh Annual Television Academy Honoree, Series Producer Screw You Cancer, 2014

Basilica Hudson, The Colony of Light, Artist in Residency, 2014.

Audiovisual presentation: Utopia, collective living, death, and dark optimism in “Sensorium” and “The American. MOMA PS1, The Colony of Light, Artist in Residency and screenings of my work, 2013

71%, MOMA PS1 Rockaway Call for Ideas Winning Proposal and screening, june 2013

Machine for Life screening Seattle Design Film Festival, 2013

The China Affect, Photography exhibition, Salon Show Extravaganza, Greenpoint Gallery, NYC, December, 2013

Director’s Choice Award at the Rincon International Film Festival, 2012

Best International Documentary Award RIFF, 2010

Best European Documentary Award, International Film Festival South Africa, 2010

Best Film of the Festival, Best Documentary, and Best Director award at Tenerife International Film Festival, 2010

Golden Palm Award at Mexico International Film Festival, 2010

Accolade Award of Merit for Feature Documentary, 2010

Best Documentary Script Award at Golden Gate San Francisco International Film Festival , 2005

Barcelona de Cinema Award, 2005.

Official Selections at: San Sebastian Film Festival, Documentamadrid, NXNE, International Film Festival Thailand, Docuwest Film Festival, Tucson Film & Music Festival, Granada International Film Festival, Nashville film Festival, Female Eye Film Festival, Roving Eye-Rhode Island Film Festival, ADFF, RIFF, Sycamore Film Festival, Lifetree Film Festival.

© 2019 Ruth Somalo