Sally Rubin is a documentary filmmaker and editor who has worked in field for over 15 years. She recently completed "Life on the Line" (with Jen Gilomen), which broadcast across the country on PBS in 2014 and premiered at the Santa Barbara International Film Festival. Before that she worked on "Deep Down" (co-director, editor, with filmmaking partner Jen Gilomen), an ITVS-funded feature-length documentary about two friends in eastern Kentucky who find themselves divided over mountaintop removal coal mining near their homes. The film was part of the 2010-2011 Independent Lens Emmy-winning PBS series, and has reached almost 1.5 million people through its broadcast, distribution, and outreach campaign. It was nominated for an Emmy for its Virtual Mine outreach project, in the category of New Approaches to News and Documentary. It was also part of the American Documentary Showcase through the US State Department, and funded by MacArthur, Fledgling, Chicken and Egg.

Sally Rubin is a documentary filmmaker and editor who has worked in field for over 15 years. She recently completed "Life on the Line" (with Jen Gilomen), which broadcast across the country on PBS in 2014 and premiered at the Santa Barbara International Film Festival. Before that she worked on "Deep Down" (co-director, editor, with filmmaking partner Jen Gilomen), an ITVS-funded feature-length documentary about two friends in eastern Kentucky who find themselves divided over mountaintop removal coal mining near their homes. The film was part of the 2010-2011 Independent Lens Emmy-winning PBS series, and has reached almost 1.5 million people through its broadcast, distribution, and outreach campaign. It was nominated for an Emmy for its Virtual Mine outreach project, in the category of New Approaches to News and Documentary. It was also part of the American Documentary Showcase through the US State Department, and funded by MacArthur, Fledgling, Chicken and Egg.

Rubin's other credits include "The Last Mountain," a film about her father's death in a hiking accident that was broadcast on PBS, Robert Greenwald's "Iraq For Sale: The War Profiteers" a​nd the television series "The Freedom Files" (editor), as well as David Sutherland's 6-hour Frontline special "Country Boys" (associate producer), and "Riverwebs" (editor), which broadcast nationally on PBS. In 2004 Rubin founded the groundbreaking Straight Outta Grrrlville Film Festival in San Francisco, and continues to produce local events and benefits for artists and filmmakers, in conjunction with her own continued work.

Rubin is a full time documentary professor at Chapman University. Other professional memberships and affiliations include: Doculink Steering Committee: Member; Doculink Planning Committee: Member; Tenth Muse Films: President of the Board; International Documentary Association: Member; International Documentary Association David Wolper Award: Member, Screening and Judging Committees; International Documentary Association Awards: Feature Documentary Judge.

After earning her M.A. in Documentary Film and Video from Stanford University, Rubin fell deeply in love with the field of documentary film, where she hopes to continue working for a very long time.

Films by Sally Rubin

Life on the Line

Life on the Line follows a year in the life of 11-year-old Kimberly Torrez as she and her family await the visa that will allow them to return to the United States after unforeseen circumstances trap them in the border-town of Nogales, Mexico.

Deep Down

Two friends find themselves on opposite sides of a battle over a mountaintop removal coal mine.