Sally Rubin

Filmmaker, Hillbilly

Sally Rubin recently completed Life on the Line about a teenage girl living on the border of the United States and Mexico. The documentary aired nationally on PBS and premiered at the Santa Barbara International Film Festival. Her previous film, Deep Down, was a feature-length documentary about two friends in eastern Kentucky who are divided over mountaintop removal coal mining near their homes. The film premiered at Big Sky, was nominated for an Emmy Award and was funded by ITVS, MacArthur, Chicken and Egg and the Fledgling Fund. It was broadcast on PBS’ Emmy-winning series Independent Lens and has reached almost three million people through its broadcast, distribution, and outreach campaign.

Rubin is a judge for the Emmy Awards and the International Documentary Association Awards, a full-time documentary professor at Chapman University and a graduate of the M.A. program in Documentary at Stanford University.