» Sally Rubin
Assistant Professor, Artistic Faculty

Lawrence and Kristina Dodge College of Film and Media Arts
Sally Rubin
Office Location:
Marion Knott Studios 350
Tufts University, Bachelor of Arts
Stanford University, Master of Arts in Film and Television
Video Profile
Sally Rubin is a documentary filmmaker and editor who has worked in field for over 15 years. She recently completed Deep Down (co-director, editor), an ITVS-funded feature-length documentary about two friends in eastern Kentucky who find themselves divided over mountaintop removal coal mining near their homes. The film is part of the 2010-2011 Independent Lens national broadcast PBS series, and has reached almost 1.5 million people through its broadcast, distribution, and outreach campaign.

Rubin's other credits include Robert Greenwald's Iraq For Sale: The War Profiteers and the television series The Freedom Files (editor), as well as David Sutherland's 6-hour Frontline special Country Boys (associate producer). In 2004 Rubin founded the groundbreaking Straight Outta Grrrlville Film Festival in San Francisco, and continues to produce local events and benefits for artists and filmmakers, in conjunction with her own continued work.

After earning her M.A. in Documentary Film and Video from Stanford University, Rubin fell deeply in love with the field of documentary film. The power of documentary portraiture to convey the nuance and subtlety of human experience is undeniable. The documentary program at Chapman offers our students the opportunity to explore this magic.

Recent Creative, Scholarly Work and Publications
Documentary completed in 2010, "Deep Down," will be included in the American Conservation National Film Festival.
Edited additional behind-the-scenes documentary/promo for PBS Frontline national broadcast of the documentary "Kind-Hearted Woman." This additional piece was included on the national press tour for the film.
Edited 27-minute cut of the documentary "Real Boy," about a transgendered teenager and directed by Shaleece Haas, intended for national PBS broadcast.
Completed initial cut of "Life on the Line," documentary intended for national PBS broadcast about a teenage girl living on the border of Arizona and Mexico. Film has so far received grants from Chapman, the Puffin Foundation, the Fledgling Fund, and was a finalist for the Corporation for Public Broadcasting's ITVS Open Call grant. Film is currently in consideration for funding through ITVS in partnership with KAET Phoenix.
Developed transmedia project about youth on the Mexico/US border, called "Voices from the Line," which received funding from the Fledgling Fund. Project is currently in production.
Launched documentary production company FIne Line FIlms.
Created several short pieces about ranchers on the border of Arizona and Mexico, to accompany my feature-length documentary-in-progress on the topic, intended for PBS.
"Deep Down" documentary, Winner, Best Documentary Award, University Film and Video Assocation's Annual Conference.
Edited "Wildness," a feature-length documentary for theatrical release. The film premiered at South By Southwest Film Festival in January, and screened at this year's Hot Docs festival in Toronto.
Created a short piece with documentary director Sarah Feeley entitled "Hamsterdam," intended for broadcast and online distribution.
Selected for the UFVA’s American Documentary Showcase, an initiative through the US State Department that takes 18 films to every country in the world that has an American Embassy. Invitations have included Nigeria and an upcoming week in Belarus at the end of October. Filmmakers bring their film to universities and embassies to discuss democracy in action, as portrayed in their film.
Created additional short piece for national PBS broadcast, about new media initiatives for the film (mountaintop removal coal mine in the virtual reality program, Second Life). Nominated for an Emmy award in August 2011.
Shot, directed, and edited a short documentary about David Sutherland, cinema verite documentary filmmaker (maker of “Farmer’s Wife” and “County Boys” which had over 40 million viewers collectively). This piece will play online in conjunction with the Frontline broadcast, will be on ITVS’ websites for the film, and will be included on the DVD extras.
Field produced, recorded sound, and edited a 20-minute piece about a 7-year old diabetic girl.
Selected for PBS and Independent Lens’ Community Cinema screening series, where about eight films are chosen to be screened in small communities around the country. “Deep Down” has screened in over 150 small communities through this initiative alone, in addition to another 75 or so through our faith-based and environmental outreach campaigns.
Completed (co-directed and edited) feature length documentary film for national PBS broadcast in November 2010. See www.deepdownfilm.org for more. The film was broadcast on PBS’ Emmy award winning series, Independent Lens, to over one million viewers.
Edited feature length documentary entitled “The Senior Games” for national broadcast. The film premiered at Silverdocs.