Evan Rubinson is an independent filmmaker and journalist. His interests include early-American Colonial architecture, folk music, and stand-up comedy. He has been recognized with several awards, including a National Geographic Grant to document the hidden world of North Korean Cinema and an Academy Award nomination for his documentary “Chronicle of Wings,” about the iconic American composer Leonard Bernstein.
Rubinson was born in 1979 in New York City. He has always been interested in creative-minded pursuits such as painting or music but never felt that these were enough to satisfy his desire for something more challenging. After high school, Rubinson attended Rutgers University, where he first received an academic background in film studies. During his college years, Rubinson began to make short films about various subjects, including the effects of posttraumatic stress disorder on American soldiers and the high suicide in Native-American communities.
After finishing college, Rubinson moved to Los Angeles, where he worked as an assistant producer for a local news program. While there, Rubinson began making his own pieces outside work hours, often under the guise of “personal projects” to avoid conflict with his employers. His interest in non-fiction narrative films came together when he interviewed Native American tribes about their rituals and experiences. Rubinson developed a particular interest in Native Americans because of his deep connection with the traditional tribal practices that exist in his own life. This connection is evident not only in the way he thinks about American Indian culture but also in his creative practice.
In addition to making feature-length documentaries, Rubinson also documents music from around the world and has been recognized with several awards, including a National Geographic Grant to document the hidden world of North Korean Cinema and an Academy Award nomination for his documentary “Chronicle of Wings,” about the iconic American composer Leonard Bernstein.
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Rubinson resides in Los Angeles, where he works as an independent filmmaker and journalist. His interests include:
Early-American Colonial architecture.
The hidden world of North Korean cinema.
Rubinson’s films on North Korean and Native American themes have been screened at film festivals worldwide in places like Los Angeles, San Francisco, London, and New York. Rubinson’s films on Native Americans have also been screened internationally in places like Tokyo and Munich.
Rubinson receives a White House Fellowship to Documentors for his work on “Chronicle of Wings” and an Academy Award Nomination for his work on “The Sonoran Desert.”
“The Sonoran Desert,” made in 2003, was nominated for an Academy Award in 2004 as “Best Documentary Short.”
“The Sonoran Desert” was filmed in Tucson, Arizona, and the Navajo Nation. The film highlighted the “Sonoran Desert” while highlighting the Navajo culture.
Rubinson has also been involved in recording music from around the world. He has released several music CDs from South America and the United States of America.
In 2006 Rubinson produced a soundtrack album for the theatrical release of his film “Chronicle of Wings,” a story about Leonard Bernstein’s life and times.