Johanna Bermúdez-Ruiz, director of the award winning documentary “Vieques: Islands Forging Futures,” recently completed the compelling documentary feature length film ”Sugar Pathways.” Johanna’s other films include “Exiles,” “Spirit of Expression,” and “Rage: the Anger Boiling In.” 

 Ms. Bermúdez-Ruiz is a writer and producer of narrative films, music videos, and shoots high definition footage for television documentaries, and actively participates in organizations that address social issues and support independent filmmaking. Johanna has been awarded 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, including at Rutgers University, New York University, Hunter College, Pennsylvania State University, and recently at the Junita Guarden Elementary School to encourage youngsters to learn about film production and pursue a higher education.

Johanna is a native of St. Croix, U.S. Virgin Islands and her film company, Cane Bay Films LLC, is based in the Virgin Islands. She has lived in London, Florida, California, New York City, and Ohio, where she completed her bachelor’s degree at Antioch College.  She now resides in St. Croix.