in New York's male-dominated environment for experimental underground film in the sixties.
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The sixties were a heyday for
experimental underground films in New York. With Jonas Mekas and Andy Warhol
as leading figures, this environment was very male-dominated, but one of the most
The groundbreaking films were made by a woman. Her name was Barbara Rubin, and
she was only 18 years old when she filmed the first footage of Christmas on Earth
Chuck Smith's documentary Barbara Rubin and the Exploding NY Underground says the story of Rubin through interviews with witnesses and other connoisseurs as well as hefty archival clips from the time depicted. The latter material is often accompanied by music from the same period, including The Velvet Underground – the "husband" of Warhol's studio The Factory. The film contains extensive interviews with the recently deceased Jonas Mekas, a close friend of Rubin, and excerpts of letters she wrote to him. Mekas and filmmaker Smith have also collaborated on a book on Rubin entitled The Legend of Barbara Rubin, where you can read these letters in full.
Gradually, Barbara Rubin left New York's art community to continue her spiritual quest in the Orthodox Jewish faith community.
After the screening of the film at the Thessaloniki Documentary Film Festival in March, Smith told the audience that Mecca had been adamant that in the film he did not want to talk about his personal relationship with Rubin. Nevertheless, their warm feelings for each other are clearly evident in her love. . .
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