WASHINGTON JEWISH FILM FESTIVAL
Barbara Rubin and the Exploding NY Underground
Dir. Chuck Smith | 78 min
Documentary 2018 English Mid-Atlantic Premiere
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.