Hilton Ariel Ruiz is an American film director, producer, screenwriter and photographer from New York City, New York. The young Ruiz brilliantly pursued his passion of the business of film. In 1996, he caught the eye of the filmmaking community and film loving public alike with his award winning short film, Survival.

Ruiz grew up in New York City’s Lower East Side. He studied photography at Queensborough Community College and the Fashion Institute of Technology, and studied cinema at New York University and the School of Visual Arts. At Queensborough Community College, Ruiz worked under photographer Jules T. Allen.