Wisconsin (Milwaukee Premiere)
Running Time: 5 minutes
Screening Time: Friday September 7th 9pm
Rubin Whitmore II believes in the pursuit of happiness.
Rubin has been invited to lecture on media’s impact on society and his music videos experiences at universities from Clark Atlanta University to North Carolina Central University, from his alma mater the University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh to Savannah College of Art & Design. He is a veteran filmmaker with close to one hundred film projects, ranging from documentaries to music videos. Rubin has amassed over fifteen gold, platinum and multi-platinum plaques for producing and directing music videos and currently directs music videos under the pseudonym Ali Baba.
Rubin was born and raised in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. He is a self-acknowledged public school kid. An original music video teenager, who by the age of 13 he had created a bunch of video shorts in various genres from suspense to westerns and sci-fi. Rubin is pursuing his masters of fine art in Digital Cinema and master’s in English at National University in California. He received his bachelor’s in Radio/TV/Film from the University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh, where he was nominated outstanding young alumni and was part of the team that won a student academy award during his undergraduate years. While at UW-O he created their first music video television show, the second longest running television program on Titan TV at fifteen years.
Rubin was recently accepted to the United Nation’s sanctioned masters of arts in media, conflict and peace studies program at the University of Peace in Costa Rica. He was nominated for the Rockefeller Foundation and Ford Foundation funded Media Arts Fellowship program through the Renew Media organization. He was led to teaching Media Literacy and English courses on a high school level after being selected as an Urban Education Fellow in Milwaukee. He is in production on "420" his first feature film and is in various stages of post-production on several short films along with production of a documentary on Homeless Scholars slated for the festival circuit, public television and video release.
Rubin believes in artistic freedom and shuns imposed censorship yet believes that media holds significant influence over the minds of many and hopes to encourage people to utilize media more responsibly. Active in the community he regularly works with, at risk youth and the future mediamakers of tomorrow. He fearlessly tackles the impact media has on society especially music videos and the urban youth.
If you ask him what he does for a living he often says, raising his daughter, Nile.