a documentary short by Jonathan McNeal

Winner!

Audience Award - Best Documentary
Fire Island Film Video Festival

Audience Award - Best of Festival
Out on Film, Atlanta, GA

Who would believe that in the conservative Midwest, a group of gay men in their 30ís, 40ís and 50's attract sold-out crowds to their charity-driven, comedic drag performances? Known throughout Ohio as The Rubi Girls, this dynamic, close-knit troupe of professional men has been performing since the late 1980ís. Comprised of elementary school teachers, a clinical counselor, a filmmaker and business owners, the group began performing for one another in an attic during college. What started on Rubicon Street has grown into a frenzy for seating arrangements upon the announcement of a show.

City Officials have even recognized the Rubis. In 1999, the group was recently honored by the City of Dayton with its honorable Community Service Award. The local press in Dayton has been incredibly supportive, and in November 2012, The Rubi Girls were proud to announce that they have now helped to raise over $1,000,000 for HIV/AIDS and Gay-related causes.

Combining live performance, interview, and archival footage from "the early days", this documentary not only traces the history of the "Girls" and their madcap antics, but also attempts to redefine the term "family values".

After shooting miscellaneous footage while in film school, Jonathan McNeal (the filmmaker) became a member of the Rubi Girlsí extended family and a regular performer. Due in part to his presence, the cameras were able to catch many of the girls in raw form without inhibitions. The piece captures both the charisma of the men and the excitement of their adoring fans. The performance footage has a fresh, vigorous energy with a smart edge, and test audiences called this portrait both "uplifting" and "full of life".

The finished cut of THE RUBI GIRLS made its world premiere at the San Francisco International Lesbian and Gay Film Festival on Friday night, June 20th, 2003. A special 10th Anniversary screening and performance is in the works for 2013!

Upcoming Rubi Girls Film Screenings:
  • Saturday, June 28 at 6:00 - Little Art Theatre, Yellow Springs, Ohio.
Rubi Girls Live Performance Dates:
  • Sunday, May 25 2014- Brunch With Rubi at Coco's Bistro in Dayton. 2 Seatings - 11:00am & 1:00pm. Call (937)228-COCO for Reservations.
  • Saturday, June 28 2014 at 10:00pm - Yellow Springs, Ohio PRIDE Show - Peach's Grill
  • Saturday, July 12 2014 at 10:00pm - Rubi Returns to The Dune Resort in Saugatuck, Michigan
Previous Film Screenings & Shows:
  • Wed, March 12, 2014 - RUBI GIRLS UNVEILED at UD's ArtStreet - 7pm. Movie and live prep workshop.
  • Wed, March 12, 2014 - RUBI GIRLS UNVEILED at UD's ArtStreet - 7pm. Movie and live prep workshop.
  • Sat, Feb. 22, 2014- A Rubi Affair, Ohio Northern University - 7pm. Ada, Ohio.
  • Sat, June 15 at 10pm - Yellow Springs PRIDE at Peach's Grill
  • Sat, Aug. 3 at 7:30 - 10 Year Anniversary of Rubi Doc + Live Show & Party at Dayton Art Institute Click for tickets
  • Sat, Aug. 3 at 7:30 - 10 Year Anniversary of Rubi Doc + Live Show & Party at Dayton Art Institute Click for tickets
  • Sunday, August 12 at 9pm - The Girls Return to Saugatuck, Michigan - The Dunes Resort event link: Site Link
  • Saturday, October 20 - ARC Ohio's Masquerage event link: masquerage.org
  • Saturday, November 24 - The Show Must Go On - New Venue: IUE-CWA Hall, 313 S. Jefferson St. Dayton, OH (more details coming soon)
  • May 5, 2012 - Laramie Project Wrap-Up Party - The Trolley Stop, 9PM
  • May 3, 2012 - RooftopRubi - Firefly Building, 6:30 Click Here
  • March 17, 2012 - Dayton Gay Men's Chorus "Benefit Musicale" at the Dayton Art Institute - 6pm - with special guests: The Rubi Girls Link
  • April 21, 2012 - Ada, Ohio - Ohio Northern's RUBI AFFAIR (new venue this year - details TBD)
  • Feb. 24, 2012 at 9PM - University of Dayton - at ArtStreet - screened with additional LGBT shorts - FREE & Open to the Public (Some of the Rubi Boys will attend)
  • October 15 - Masquerage - Dayton, OH Link
  • November 19 - LGBT Community Thanksgiving Dinner - St. Paul's United Methodist Church - dinner at 6:30, performance at 7:30
  • November 26 - Show Must Go On - Club Masque Link
  • Saturday, Aug. 13 - Dayton Playhouse - "Definitive Rubi" - ticket info available at www.arcohio.org/rubi
  • Sunday, July 17 - The Girls Return to The Dunes Resort - Saugatuck, MI - Doors Open at 9PM Event Link
  • Friday, June 3, Time TBD - LGBT PRIDE Partnership Benefit on the rooftop of the Firefly Building
  • Saturday, April 16 - Burlesque Night at Kira's Oasis - Rubi Girls will emcee & perform Event Link
  • Friday, April 22 at 10PM - Shooters, 927 Race Street in Cincinnati, OH
  • Saturday, March 12, 2011, 8pm - A RUBI AFFAIR - Ohio Northern Univ, McIntosh Center - Ada, OH Event Link
  • Saturday, March 19, 2011, 6pm - Special Guests at DGMC Benefit Musicale at the Dayton Art Institute Event Link
  • Saturday, November 27, 2010 THE SHOW MUST GO ON - Club Masque, 8PM - Dayton, OH Click here for tickets
  • Saturday, July 10, 2010 - 8:30PM - Club Masque, Dayton, Ohio
  • Sunday, August 8, 2010 - 9PM - The Dunes Resort - Saugatuck, Michigan
  • Saturday, Feb. 13, 2010 - A NIGHT OF DIVINE DECEDANCE (for Human Race Theatre) - @ Gilly's - Dayton, OH
  • Saturday, March 27, 2010 at 8pm - DGMC Benefit Musicale - 2010 Huffman Ave, Dayton, Ohio
  • Nov. 3, 5:30-8PM - Carmel's on Shroyer Road - Meet the Rubi boys!
  • Nov. 7 - Aquarius in Downtown Dayton - Opening for Nina Flowers
  • Nov. 28 - Club Masque - Dayton, Ohio
  • Aug. 8, 9PM - Club Masque - Dayton, Ohio
  • Monday, April 27 - Evening Screening Time TBD - Ohio Northern University - Ada, Ohio
  • Sunday, May 17, 4PM - Film Dayton Film Festival - THE NEON - Dayton, Ohio
  • June 20, 7PM - DRAGAPALOOZA - Axis - Columbus, Ohio
  • Saturday, March 28 - 6:30 - Special Guests at Gay Men's Chorus "Benefit Musicale" » click for details
  • Feb. 6, 2009- Ohio Northern University - Ada, OH
  • Feb. 19, 2009 - Laugh OUT Loud - Indianapolis, IN
  • October 18, 2008- MASQUERAGE visit www.masquerage.org for details
  • November 29, 2008 - Annual ARC Benefit - Dayton location TBA
  • December 31, 2008 - Rubi New Year at the Loft Theatre (benefits Human Race & ARC)
  • March 26, 2008 7PM - Wright State University, School of Medicine - White Hall
  • April 19, 2008- Benefit for "Earth Month" - Club Masque - Dayton, Ohio
  • May 16, 2008 - Wright State University, Student Union - Dayton, Ohio - 7:30PM
  • June 21, 2008 - Dayton PRIDE Dinner & Monte Carlo Night - Ponitz Center
  • March 19, 11:30AM - THE NEON - Downtown Dayton, Ohio - $5 Admission
  • May 14, 2007 at 7pm - Friends Care Center - Yellow Springs, Ohio (Open to the public)
  • May 27, 2007 - Therapy Cafe - Dayton, Ohio - 4pm and 7pm
  • Wright State University - Thursday, March 29, 2007 at 7 P.M. White Medical Center - Room 101
  • Sunday, August 13 at 3:00 - Therapy Cafe, Dayton, Ohio
  • July 7, 2006 – Movie & Live Show (Return Engagement!) – Club Masque, Dayton, Ohio
  • May 13, 2006 – Movie & Live Show (Return Engagement!) – Hanover College, Indiana
  • November 5, 2005 – Indianapolis LGBT Film Festival, Indianapolis, IN
  • September 16, 2005 – Movie & Live Show - Club Masque, Dayton, Ohio  
  • June 6 and 7, 2005 – Cincinnati Fringe Fest, Cincinnati, Ohio
  • May 14, 2005 – Movie & Live Show - Love Out Loud at Hanover College, Hanover, Indiana                   
  • January 28 & 29, 2005 - PRIDE Film Festival, Bloomington, IN (Audience Award Winner!)
  • October 8, 2004 - Out in Akron – Queer Shorts, Akron, Ohio (Audience Award – Best Short!)
  • August 21, 2004 - Movie & Live Show, Celebrity Nite Club, Dayton, Ohio
  • August 13, 2004 – North Carolina Gay & Lesbian Film Festival, Durham, NC
  • April 27, 2004 - Athens International Film Festival, Athens, Ohio
  • April 23, 2004 - Wright State University, Presented by UAB & Lambda Union, Dayton, Ohio
  • March 20, 2004 - 28th Cleveland International Film Festival, Cleveland, OH (Honorable Mention – Best Ohio Short)
  • March 18, 2004 - 42nd Ann Arbor Film Festival, Ann Arbor, MI
  • February 15, 2004 - Arena Grand, Columbus, OH
  • November 22 & 23, 2003 - Neon Movies Return Engagement, Dayton, OH
  • November 21 & 22, 2003 - Dallas OutTakes, Dallas, TX
  • November 19, 2003 - FilmFeast 03, Adelaide, Australia
  • November 16, 2003 - Long Island Lesbian & Gay Film Festival, Long Island, NY
  • November 15, 2003 - Out on Film, Atlanta, GA(Audience Award – Best of Festival!)
  • November 7, 2003 - Chicago Reeling Film Festival, Chicago, IL 
  • November 6, 2003 - GAMMA IndieFest, Reno, Nevada
  • October 19, 2003 - Three Dollar Bill Cinema, Seattle, WA
  • Sept. 7, 2003 - 2nd Annual Fire Island Film Video Festival, Fire Island, NY (Audience Award – Best Documentary!)
  • July 18-20, 2003 - The Neon, Dayton, OH
  • June 20th, 2003 -  San Francisco International Lesbian and Gay Film Festival, San Francisco, CA

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