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Meet the Artist: Julian Rubinstein

February 8, 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm
Location: Utah Film Center

An in-person focused conversation with the director of the award-winning documentary, The Holly, Julian Rubinstein.

We will explore the intersection of journalism and documentary filmmaking, the different practices and ethics that inform each, and what it means to make a film that exists in both spheres. We will also discuss Julian’s specific approach with The Holly including embedding himself in the story, shooting much of it himself, and retaining rights to the film rather than working with a distributor. Filmmakers and journalists will be invited to ask their own questions as well.

For filmmakers and Artist Foundry members.

Catch the full film the night before (Feb. 7th) at the Black, Bold & Brilliant screening at the City Library. RSVP here.

Julian Rubinstein

Rubinstein is an award-winning journalist, educator, filmmaker, and author. He spent seven years reporting his most recent non-fiction book The Holly: Five Bullets, One Gun and the Struggle to Save an American Neighborhood, which was published in 2021 by FSG. The book was named a New York Times Editors’ Choice and is the winner of the 2022 Colorado Book Award for general nonfiction and the 2022 High Plains Book Award for creative nonfiction. While reporting the book, he began filming what became THE HOLLY, his first documentary feature film. The film is the winner of the Audience Choice Award at the 2022 Telluride Mountainfilm festival and the Jury Prize for Best Documentary at the 2022 Santa Fe International Film Festival. Rubinstein’s first book, Ballad of the Whiskey Robber, was also an Editors’ Choice pick of the New York Times and the winner of the 2005 Borders “Original Voices” Nonfiction Book of the Year, as well as a finalist for the 2005 Edgar Allan Poe award for Best Fact Crime book. Film rights to Ballad of the Whiskey Robber were purchased by Johnny Depp. Julian’s feature writing has appeared in the New YorkerNew York Times MagazineRolling Stone, and others and has been honored by Best American Crime Writing, Best American Essays, Best American Science and Nature Writing and twice by Best American Sports Writing. He has worked with at-risk youth for Groundwork Brooklyn and Friends For Youth in Denver. He grew up in Denver and moved back in 2014 to begin reporting and filming THE HOLLY. He spent two years as Visiting Professor of Documentary Journalism at University of Denver and is currently Visiting Filmmaker and Lecturer at Western Colorado University.

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