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  • An MVD Exclusive
  • Format: DVD
  • SKU: MVD2515D
  • UPC: 760137251590
  • Street Date: 12/17/19
  • PreBook Date: 11/12/19
  • Label: Juno Films »
  • Genre: Documentary
  • Run Time: 78 mins
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Audio: 5.1 SURROUND
  • Year of Production: 2018
  • Region Code: 1
  • Box Lot: 30
  • Territory: US
  • Language: English


Cast & Crew

  • Actors:
  •       Amy Taubin as Herself
  •       Barbara Rubin
  •       Andy Warhol
  •       Allen Ginsburg
  •       Lou Reed
  •       Velvet Underground
  •       Richard Foreman as Himself
  •       Jonas Mekas as Himself
  • Director: Chuck Smith
  • Producer: Chuck Smith
  • Director: Chuck Smith
  • Producers: Chuck Smith


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Barbara Rubin And The Exploding NY Underground

This bold, enthusiastic documentary details the role played by Barbara Rubin in the 1960s artistic counterculture.

Barbara Rubin And The Exploding NY Underground
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Made when she was just 18 years old, Barbara Rubin's art-porn masterpiece Christmas On Earth (1963-65) shocked NYC's experimental film scene and inspired NYC's thriving underground. For the next four years her filmmaking and irrepressible energy helped shatter artistic and sexist boundaries. A mythical "Zelig" of the sixties, she introduced Andy Warhol to the Velvet Underground and Bob Dylan to the Kabbalah. But beyond shaping the spirit of the sixties, Barbara was seeking the deeper meaning of life. After retiring to a farm with Allen Ginsberg, she shocked everyone by converting to Hasidic Judaism, marrying and moving to France to live an anonymous life. Tragically, she died in 1980 after giving birth to her fifth child. For years, Jonas Mekas treasured all of Barbara's letters and films and cherished her memory. Working with Mekas' footage, the film takes us inside the world and mind of Barbara Rubin; a woman who truly believed that film could change the world. Critics have christened her The American Rimbaud, for the poetry of her work, the trajectory of her life, and her legacy. This bold, enthusiastic documentary details the unsung yet important role played by Barbara Rubin in the 1960s artistic counterculture and provides an evocative portrait of a vibrant and mysterious artist.


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  • For fans of experimental film, Andy Warhol, Jonas Mekas, Amy Taubin, Allen Ginsburg, Lou Reed, Velvet Underground

Press Quotes

An Overlooked Filmmaker Gets Her Due

     —Glenn Kenney, The New York Times

This bold, enthusiastic documentary details the unsung yet important role played by its subject in the 1960s artistic counterculture.

     —Nick Schager, Variety

The Queens teen who inspired Andy Warhol, Bob Dylan and an entire artistic movement.

     —Michael Kaplan, The New York Post

...pound for pound, minute for minute, there are few biographical documentaries more impressive than this.

     —Josh Brunsteig, Criterioncast

A fascinating portrait of a 'larger than life' filmmaker and collaborator.

     —rederic and Mary Ann Brussat, Spirituality & Practice


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