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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

What people are saying

"ruth weiss: the Beat Goddess” brilliantly encapsulates her understanding that words inspire action by coupling some of her poems to modern dance.

Joan Amenn

In Their Own League

"ruth weiss, the Beat Goddess" is an important documentary. One that will show the incredible woman’s ability to change the world.

Darren Lucas

Movie Reviews 101

Weiss was an example of a woman who knew what she wanted to do with her life at age five and fought to make a living doing the only thing she knew to do, write. Agree with Weiss or not, it’s hard not to see her fingerprints all over modern U.S. history. ruth weiss, the beat goddess expertly takes us over why that is.

Alan Ng

Film Threat

I recently had the chance to see ruth weiss: the Beat Goddess, a documentary by Melody C. Miller, and I enjoyed it immensely. Indeed, despite the sometimes serious or even tragic subject matter, it is a remarkably upbeat and often funny film, in large part due to its subject’s wonderful sense of humour.

David S. Wills


Watching the documentary film, "ruth weiss, the beat goddess" you can't help but fall in love with "ruth"

James R. Martin

J R Martin Media Inc

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