Since 2008, Jaime Villa Ruiz has honed his craft as a filmmaker to create striking moving images that tell a story. Starting as an Art Department Coordinator and Set Dresser, Jaime later transitioned to working behind the camera. His projects have taken him around the world with clients like Amazon Studios, Awesomeness TV, ESPN, Fandango, Facebook Watch, Flex, HBO, LA Metro, Lifetime/ AE, Nike, Tastemade, and many more.
In 2014, he won a Craft Award at NYU’s First Run Festival for his cinematography in the short The Banaue Boy. His first feature film as a cinematographer, Pecado Original, won Best Foreign Film at the DTLA Film Festival in 2018, continuing its run at the Austin Film Festival and the Chicago Latino Film Festival, among others. The film is now distributed by HBO and AppleTV+. Recently, he shot and directed Pachyman’s El Benson music video.
Born and raised in Puerto Rico, Jaime enjoys aromatic Caribbean coffee, boxing in the mornings, reading anything from self-help books to revolutionary history, and pointing his film camera at anything light touches. You can view his photography here. He hopes to one day use the camera to tell your story.