Ruthven has worked on education projects around the country, inspiring
disaffected youth to use documentary as a tool for change. Out of her work as
an educator, she made her first feature doc, Mario and Nini in 2008. Subsequent films include Death of a Hedgefund Salesman (2011), The Do Gooders (2013) and Jungle Sisters2015. In 2011 she set up Otherfield (formally
Quadrangle Film Festival) with a group of fellow filmmakers.