Barbara Rubin (1945-1980) is a little known, but highly important figure in the internationalization of the avant-garde. Having entered the New York Underground in the 1960s while still a teenager, she quickly became one of its key figures. Her pioneering 1963 double-projection film Christmas on Earth was both sexually provocative and aesthetically innovative. She worked regularly with Jonas Mekas and Andy Warhol, introduced Bob Dylan to Allen Ginsberg, and connected Warhol with The Velvet Underground. During an intense period of activity and travel, Rubin wrote passionate letters about film and the underground to Mekas, featured in this special 80th issue of the magazine Film Culture. Jonas Mekas (editor-in-chief) together with Chuck Smith (filmmaker and editor of this issue), along with designer Franziska Bauer and publisher Anne König join in a discussion about Rubin’s legacy.
Presented by Spector Books at NYABF on September 21, 2018. Recording courtesy Blank Forms.