"I don't take pictures; I give them."

Reuben Monastra

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Reuben Monastra grew up in the suburbs of Binghamton, New York.  His fascination with artistic imagery began at an early age; he built shoebox cameras, snapped thousands of candid Polariod photographs, and created both live-action and stop-motion narratives using the family VHS camcorder.

At 18, Reuben moved to the East Village to attend New York University's prestigious film school.  He was a member of one of the school's final undergraduate classes ever to intensively study non-digital motion picture production, cutting the five 16mm short films he shot on celluloid with a razor and re-assembling the edits with clear adhesive tape, instilling within him a deep appreciation for precise and economical filmmaking.  During this time he also produced a still photography documentary work, "Broadway," capturing everyday life on an end-to-end journey through Manhattan.

Following graduation, Reuben worked for five years at CNN, editing digital video and managing personnel in a busy New York newsroom.  There, he was recognized by The National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences for contributions to the reporting of the events of September 11, 2001.

Reuben also possess a professional-level fluency in Japanese, having studied the language since 2001 and by living in rural Japan from 2004-2008.

He currently lives and works in Los Angeles.

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