Producer/Director Mike Rubbo
February 20, 2009 — Award-winning independent producer and director Mike Rubbo will be visiting the Film & Video Program and the Pennoni Honors College for a several day residency to work with students. During his visit, two of Rubbo's 50 plus films will be screened for the Drexel community. On Monday, February 23rd, Sad Song of the Yellow Skin will be screened at 3 PM and Waiting for Fidel will be shown at 6 PM. Both films will be screened in the University Crossings Large Screening Room.
Waiting for Fidel is considered one of the first stalka-mentries, inspiring Michael Moore to make Roger and Me. In fact, Rubbo was a pioneer of the personal authored documentary, one of the first practitioners, if not the first in English. Waiting for Fidel is part of the collection of The Museum of Modern Art in New York. Mike has been honored with retrospectives of his documentaries in New York at Film Forum, the Chicago Art Institute and in San Francisco at the Pacifica Film Archive, Berkeley.
For 25 years Rubbo worked at the National Film Board of Canada, directing over 40 documentaries including Sad Song of Yellow Skin (1970), Waiting for Fidel (1974), Solzhenitsyn's Children (1979) and Daisy: Story of a Face Lift (1982).