Barbara Rubin and the Exploding New York Underground

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

Monday, May 136:10 PM E Street Cinema

Sunday, May 191:00 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.

Co-presented by Jewish Historical Society of Greater Washington


May 19 screening followed by a conversation with filmmaker Chuck Smith.

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.


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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