Ruben J. Davila (he/him) is a Chicano filmmaker and visual artist based in Chicago, Illinois.

Davila’s visual art practice collages archival footage from a vast swath of analog/digital sources into meditative and cerebral images which evoke Latin American spiritualism and iconography. His work has been showcased in contemporary art exhibitions and as live visuals accompanying music and performance art.  

Davila’s filmmaking practice captures narratives of the American working class, immigrant communities, and the dialogues of the marginalized. His short-form work aims to explore the intersection of identity and alienation of communities living precariously in the American Midwest.  

World’s Fair
First assembled in 2019 and reprised in 2023, “World’s Fair” is the interplay between footage of burlesque dancer Sally Rand’s famous ostrich-dance and footage of the development and construction of American skyscrapers during the 1970’s.

  • 2019 - 2023
  • Found-Footage Assemblage
  • Experimental Short Film
  • Film by: Ruben J. Davila
  • Music by: Blear Moon
  • Runtime: 3:47