Ruben van Leer
Ruben van Leer graduated from the Sandberg Art Institute and the Netherlands Film Academy and studied film at the Art Institute in San Francisco. He started his career working for visual production studio V Squared Labs in Los Angeles (with clients like Coldplay, Jay-Z, Heineken and McAfee), directed music videos and collaborated as visual artist with the likes of the Black Eyed Peas, Bas Bron (De Jeugd van Tegenwoordig) and the Stedelijk Museum in Amsterdam.
Van Leer’s sci-fi dance-opera film Symmetry (shot inside CERN, the world’s largest particle accelerator in Switzerland) won ‘Best Director’ and ‘Best Visual Effects’ at San Francisco Dance Film Festival, and 9 other international awards. The Boxer won ‘Best Documentary’ in the category Short Film at Sydney World Film Festival and premiered online on the Nowness channel. A short version of You Don’t Know Opera was used for the campaign of the National Opera in The Netherlands.