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Bruce Joel Rubin: Matters of Life & Death - Jacob's Ladder

Presented by California Film Institute and Downtown San Rafael Arts District at Christopher B. Smith Rafael Film Center, San Rafael CA

Jun 06 2019
Bruce Joel Rubin: Matters of Life & Death - Jacob's Ladder

Oscar Winning Screenwriter Bruce Joel Rubin introduces his film “Jacob’s Ladder”

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.

Co-presented with the Buddhist Film Foundation



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 Buddhist Film Foundation executive director Gaetano Kazuo Maida.


$13 – General
$11 – Seniors
$9   – CFI members

Contact: 415-454-1222


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Additional time info:

7:00 pm – Bruce Joel Rubin will discuss the film with BFF executive director Gaetano Kazuo Maida following the film.  


  • Jacob's Ladder Trailer


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