Coming to theatres today, Friday, May 24:
BARBARA RUBIN & THE EXPLODING NY UNDERGROUND
Hot Docs 2018
DOC NYC, Rotterdam, Thessaloniki Doc, Seattle, Jeonju
A forgotten 1960s film pioneer receives her due.
The film screened as part of DOC NYC, for which our program notes read:
Offering a recontextualization of the 1960s New York art and experimental film scene through the story of a remarkably influential, yet unheralded, figure, Chuck Smith’s film introduces viewers to Barbara Rubin. This extraordinary young filmmaker, who defied sexist conventions when she picked up a film camera and shot an art-porn masterpiece, was instrumental in connecting Andy Warhol to the Velvet Underground and Bob Dylan to the Kabbalah before dramatically and unexpectedly leaving the scene behind as quickly as she arrived.