Bruce Joel Rubin is an Oscar-winning screenwriter, photographer and meditation teacher. His films have often explored themes of life and death with metaphysical and science fiction elements. “Each film was an attempt, successful or not to witness and explore the unseen world of our lives,” he says. “I wanted to speak to adults and to children and to touch the inner mystery of our shared being.” We are pleased to host Bruce Joel Rubin in conversation around two of his most celebrated films.

Co-Presented with the Buddhist Film Foundation

Admission to Each Program: $13 General | $11 Seniors | $9 CFI members


Long after this film was released as a thriller, Bruce Joel Rubin revealed that his screenplay was inspired by the Tibetan Book of the Dead. Tim Robbins stars as a Vietnam veteran mourning his dead child and struggling to maintain his sanity. With Elizabeth Peña, Danny Aiello, Jason Alexander. Director: Adrian Lyne. Rated R. (1990) 113 min. Rubin will discuss the film with BFF executive director Gaetano Kazuo Maida.  

Thursday, June 6  •  7:00

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Bruce Joel Rubin received the Academy Award for Original Screenplay for his widely popular romantic drama, which he recently rewrote as a musical for the stage. Banker Patrick Swayze is murdered and must communicate with lover Demi Moore through a psychic, played by Whoopi Goldberg in a scene-stealing, Oscar-winning performance. Bruce Joel Rubin will discuss the film with Smith Rafael Film Center’s Director of Programming, Richard Peterson. Rated PG-13. Director: Jerry Zucker. (US 1990) 127 min.

Thursday, June 13  • 7:00

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