Barbara Rubin and the Exploding New York Underground

Dir. Chuck Smith | 78 min
Documentary United States 2018
English Mid-Atlantic Premiere

Monday, May 1310:10 PM E Street Cinema

Sunday, May 195:00 PM Bethesda Row Cinema

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 defied sexist conventions when she picked up a film camera and shot an art-porn masterpiece. She was instrumental in connecting Andy Warhol to the Velvet Underground, and Bob Dylan to the Kabbalah, before dramatically and unexpectedly leaving the scene behind to lead a life as a Hasidic Jew.

May 19 screening followed by a conversation with filmmaker Chuck Smith, moderated by Carletta S. Hurt of Women in Film and Video.

Co-presented by Jewish Historical Society of Greater Washington


May 19 screening followed by a conversation with filmmaker Chuck Smith, moderated by Carletta S. Hurt of Women in Film and Video.

Chuck Smith is a filmmaker, TV producer, and writer who has produced documentaries and TV series for many network and cable stations. Most recently he has been working as a Producer for Vanity Fair Confidential. His Show-running credits include, The Dose with Dr. Billy, Hawaii Air Rescue and Alaska Wing Men. With his own company, Smith Productions, Smith wrote, produced and directed Forrest Bess: Key to the Riddle.

Carletta S. Hurt, founder and lead producer at IKAM Productions, is an award-winning producer, passionate educator, and fierce youth advocate. Her film credits include JACQUELINE AND JILLY (feature), THE CATCHER (short), WATER IN A BROKEN GLASS (feature), JACKIE (short), REMEMBER THE TITANS, and DRUMLINE. Carletta has worked at TBS and Cartoon Network during her early days. She also produces theatre and has worked with some of Hollywood’s leading ladies like Jane Fonda, Eve Ensler, Pearl Cleage, and Jasmine Guy.

Carletta is the Immediate Past President of Women in Film & Video DC (WIFV) and a dual member of Women in Film & Television – Atlanta (WIFTA). She was instrumental in honoring filmmaker, Julie Dash, in 2017 as a Women of Vision honoree. Carletta is in the early stages of a webseries that showcases the many facets of the American education system.

A graduate of Oglethorpe University and Georgia State University, Carletta was sought after to assist in creating the Arthur M. Blank Family – Blank Fellows program and lead a film project for them that engaged high school students in creating mini-documentaries about their changing neighborhood. She is dedicated to creating a space for new, unique voices to be heard and a platform to showcase rising talent that deserves a chance especially if they are women.

Carletta is a self-proclaimed SUDKO Champion, word wizard in Scrabble and Words with Friends and enjoys warm pecan pie.


Festivals and Awards

  • 2018, DOC NYC

Genres and Topics

Print Source

Juno Films
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Pricing Tier

Tier A

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