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Title: The Documentary Art of Filmmaker Michael Rubbo
Authors: Jones, D.B.
Keywords: Art;Film;Media Studies;Biography
Issue Date: Feb-2017
Publisher: University of Calgary Press
Series/Report no.: Cinemas Off-Centre;4
Abstract: Michael Rubbo’s groundbreaking work has had a deep and enduring impact on documentary filmmaking worldwide, though his name has remained relatively unknown. In The Documentary Art of Michael Rubbo, author D.B. Jones traces Rubbo’s filmmaking from his days as a film student at Stanford, through his twenty years at the National Film Board of Canada, where Rubbo developed his distinct documentary style. Jones then describes Rubbo’s post-NFB venture into feature film directing, followed by Rubbo’s return to his native Australia, first as an executive with the Australian Broadcasting Corporation, and later as a director of feature-length documentaries and maker of short, personal films for YouTube. Exploring locales from Montreal to Vietnam, topics as diverse as plastic surgery and French Marxism, and from interviewing Margaret Atwood to documenting a failed attempt to interview Fidel Castro, Rubbo’s wide-ranging work establishes his innovative, personal, lyric, and spontaneous documentary style. In The Documentary Art of Michael Rubbo D.B. Jones reveals not only the depth of meaning in Rubbo’s films, but also the depth of their influence on filmmaking itself.
ISSN: 1912-3094
Appears in Collections:University of Calgary Press Open Access Books

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9781552388716_front matter.pdfFront Matter5.39 MBAdobe PDFView/Open
9781552388716_chapter00.pdfIntroduction2.92 MBAdobe PDFView/Open
9781552388716_chapter01.pdf1. Learning the Craft - The True Source of Knowledge These Days; Early Films at the NFB5.14 MBAdobe PDFView/Open
9781552388716_chapter02.pdf2. Making It Personal - Sad Song of Yellow Skin3.96 MBAdobe PDFView/Open
9781552388716_chapter03.pdf3. Nudging Things Along - Persistent and Finagling3.4 MBAdobe PDFView/Open
9781552388716_chapter04.pdf4. Filmmaker Front and Center - Wet Earth and Warm People3.64 MBAdobe PDFView/Open
9781552388716_chapter05.pdf5. Family Matters - OK … Camera; The Streets of Saigon; Jalan, Jalan; The Man Who Can’t Stop3.72 MBAdobe PDFView/Open
9781552388716_chapter06.pdf6. How It Works - Waiting for Fidel; I Am an Old Tree3.97 MBAdobe PDFView/Open
9781552388716_chapter07.pdf7. Where the Action Isn’t - Log House; The Walls Come Tumbling Down; I Hate to Lose; Tigers and Teddy Bears3.77 MBAdobe PDFView/Open
9781552388716_chapter08.pdf8. Something’s Happening - Solzhenitsyn’s Children … Are Making a Lot of Noise in Paris3.87 MBAdobe PDFView/Open
9781552388716_chapter09.pdf9. Facial Expressions - Yes or No, Jean-Guy Moreau; Daisy: The Story of a Facelift; Not Far from Bolgatanga4.38 MBAdobe PDFView/Open
9781552388716_chapter10.pdf10. Long Shots - Margaret Atwood: Once in August; Atwood and Family3.41 MBAdobe PDFView/Open
9781552388716_chapter11.pdf11. A Break from “Reality” - The Peanut Butter Solution; Tommy Tricker and the Stamp Traveller; Vincent and Me; The Return of Tommy Tricker4.64 MBAdobe PDFView/Open
9781552388716_chapter12.pdf12. New Tools of the Trade - ABC; The Little Box That Sings; Much Ado About Something; All About Olive4.83 MBAdobe PDFView/Open
9781552388716_chapter13.pdf13. Plein Air Documentary - YouTube films; Bicycle Art; Painting with Film4.41 MBAdobe PDFView/Open
9781552388716_backmatter.pdfConclusion and Back Matter4.14 MBAdobe PDFView/Open
9781552388716_web A.pdfThe Documentary Art of Filmmaker Michael Rubbo21.51 MBAdobe PDFView/Open

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