ruth weiss, the beat goddess

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About the film

In a life that has spanned 92 creative years, ruth weiss is one of the most influential writers of the Beat Generation. Born to a Jewish family during the rise of Nazism, as a 10-year-old refugee, she escaped to the United States. ruth became a Jazz troubadour exemplifying the zeitgeist of Chicago, New Orleans, and San Francisco. The film further highlights ruth weiss' electrifying and intimate poetry with breathtaking images of exquisite modern dance, art, animation, and music to embody her oeuvre. This film documents not only weiss' gift to humanity but archives significant historical moments in our world's social and literary movements. As a contemporary of Lawrence Ferlinghetti and Jack Kerouac, she innovated poetry to jazz.




1h 8m




Melody C. Miller


Elisabeth P. Montgomery


ruth weiss

Awards & recognition

Cinequest San Jose Film Festival 2020

Winner Maverick Spirit Award

Vail Film Festival 2020

Nominee Best Documentary

Santa Cruz Film Festival 2019

Winner Visionary Women in Film Award

Riverside International Film Festival 2020

Winner Jury Award Best Documentary

Peekskill Film Festival 2019

Winner Jury Prize Best Documentary

American Documentary and Animation Film Festival 2021

Official Selection

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