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Also Known As: Derek Saunders, Bruce Rubin Died:
Born: March 10, 1943 Cause of Death:
Birth Place: Detroit, Michigan, USA Profession: director, screenwriter, producer, assistant film editor, head of the film department at the Whitney Museum, assistant director, associate curator

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A Hollywood screenwriter who is drawn to emotional material incorporating spiritual and fantastic elements, Bruce Joel Rubin began working in films as co-director with Brian De Palma of "Dionysus in 69" and as an assistant director on De Palma's "Hi, Mom!" (both 1970). Following a turn as an assistant film editor at NBC, Rubin embarked on a quest for spiritual enlightenment which included stints on the Greek isle of Paros and in a Tibetan Buddhist monastery in Nepal. After three months of study at the latter, he was given 48 hours to leave by the Nepalese government, who suspected Rubin of being a CIA operative. Although the stay was cut short, its influence would be manifested in much of his subsequent screen work. Indeed, Rubin has made a good living from musing about death.

A Hollywood screenwriter who is drawn to emotional material incorporating spiritual and fantastic elements, Bruce Joel Rubin began working in films as co-director with Brian De Palma of "Dionysus in 69" and as an assistant director on De Palma's "Hi, Mom!" (both 1970). Following a turn as an assistant film editor at NBC, Rubin embarked on a quest for spiritual enlightenment which included stints on the Greek isle of Paros and in a Tibetan Buddhist monastery in Nepal. After three months of study at the latter, he was given 48 hours to leave by the Nepalese government, who suspected Rubin of being a CIA operative. Although the stay was cut short, its influence would be manifested in much of his subsequent screen work. Indeed, Rubin has made a good living from musing about death.

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DIRECTOR:

1.
  My Life (1993) Director
2.
  Hi, Mom! (1970) Assistant Director
3.
  Dionysus in '69 (1970) Director

CAST: (feature film)

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Raised in Detroit, Michigan
1970:
Made film debut as an assistant director on "Hi, Mom!"
1970:
Feature co-directorial debut (with Brian De Palma and Robert Fiore), "Dionysus in 69"
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Worked as an assistant film editor at NBC
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Stayed at a Tibetan Buddhist monastery in Nepal; told to leave after three months when the government suspected he was an CIA operative
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Worked as an associate curator and head of the film department at the Whitney Museum in New York City
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Wrote industrial film scripts in the Midwest
1976:
Wrote the screenplay, "The George Dunlap Tape"
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Sold "The George Dunlap Tape" to Douglas Trumbull who re-worked it into the film "Brainstorm"
1983:
First story credit, "Brainstorm"
1986:
First screenplay credit, "Deadly Friend"
1990:
Penned the screenplay for Adrian Lyne's "Jacob's Ladder"
1990:
Received acclaim for his screenplay, "Ghost"
1991:
Wrote the screenplay for "Deceived" (credited as Derek Saunders)
1993:
Made directorial debut with "My Life"; also wrote the screenplay and produced
1998:
Penned the sci-fi feature, "Deep Impact"
2002:
Received a writing credit for the film, "Stuart Little 2"
2007:
Credited as a writer on the film, "The Last Mimzy"
2009:
Contributed re-writes for the screenplay adaptation of "The Time Traveler's Wife"
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Education

New York University: New York , New York -
Indiana University: Bloomington , Indiana -

Notes

"People are so sleepy in so many ways. They go through life in such a dreamlike state. One of the reasons I wanted to make ["My Life"] was to bring death into public view. Knowing death allows you to have some awareness of life." --Bruce Joel Rubin quoted in Premiere, December 1993.

"Many people's lives are based on the movies they see. And I, as a Hollywood filmmaker, have this incredible access to a mass audience. I have two hours to talk to the world. I want that two hours to be a personal expression, not corporate entertainment, which is empty entertainment. It's a meal without nourishment. I want to find new ways to get old messages across." --Rubin quoted in Movieline, December 1993.

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wife:
Blanche Rubin. Art professor.

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father:
James Rubin. Appeared in film "My Life" (1993).
mother:
Sondra Rubin. Died 1993; appeared in the film "My Life" (1993).
brother:
Gary Rubin. Appeared in "My Life" (1993).
son:
Joshua Rubin. Born c. 1972; mother, Blanche Rubin.
son:
Ari Rubin. Born c. 1980; mother, Blanche Rubin.
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