Ruben is from Sacramento, CA, where he was taught how to use a camera at an early age
from his father, who learned from his father.
Ruben served as cinematographer on "Girls Room", a digital series written by Lena Waithe, which received the Best Series Award at Tribeca X. He has also shot award winning short films that have screened internationally starring Emmy-winner Mary Elizabeth Winstead, Tracie Thoms, and Danny Pino.
Ruben has been the cinematographer for several documentary features and series including the
CLIO Award winning, "The Beauty of Blackness", which also received
Best Documentary Award at Tribeca X.
In addition to his fiction and non-fiction work, Ruben has shot music videos for The Dandy Warhols, Honus Honus (from the band Man Man) and Machine Gun Kelly - which generated
over 7 million views on Youtube.
Ruben earned his Masters at the USC School of Cinematic Arts Graduate Film and Television Production Program where he received the Edward and Mildred Troutner Award for Cinematography.
Recently, Ruben was awarded the American Society of Cinematographers Vision Award where he studied under Larry Fong, ASC (Batman V Superman: Dawn of Justice), Antonio Riestra, ASC (The 33) and Shelly Johnson, ASC (Captain America: The First Avenger).