UPCOMING 2020 SCREENINGS
The Chicago Underground Film Festival is pleased to present a screening of ruth weiss, the beat goddess documentary followed by a Q&A discussion with the filmmakers.
After escaping the Nazi's in 1938, ruth weiss moved to the United States and settled in Chicago, Illinois. ruth wrote a poem about how America saved her life, and she sent it to President Roosevelt and received a heartfelt response. At a young age, the already lyrical and rebellious writer ruth changed the spelling of her name from Ruth Weiss to lowercase ruth weiss as a protest of the law-and-order ethos of her birthplace in Germany, where nouns are capitalized.
ruth graduated from Sullivan High School in Chicago in 1946 at the top of her class. She later attended Neuchâtel College in Switzerland. In 1949, ruth moved back to Chicago and lived at the Art Circle, a house on Chicago's near north side that rented to artists and poets, including Gwendolyn Brooks, who mentored ruth. It was there where painter Earnest Alexander pulled her poem out of the typewriter and chanted for her to read it to the musician friends hanging out in their living room. And like magic, the musicians started to jam to her poetry sparking the first innovation on poetry played Jazz in the 1940s.
MENDOCINO FILM FESTIVAL, November 13th-15th, Online
The Mendocino Film Festival is proud to present an online screening of the documentary ruth weiss, the beat goddess, directed by Melody C. Miller. The film has garnered praise as a loving portrait of a pioneering woman, who was able to persevere and create art despite many challenges. Tickets will be available to purchase for $10 from Friday, November 13th- Saturday, November 15th.
In addition to the film screening, there will be several free virtual events to participate each evening.
Launch of the ruth weiss foundation, a 501c3 non-profit organization that preserves and advances the works of a poet of historical significance, ruth weiss. The activities of the Foundation include literary poetic performances, exhibits, educational programs, and events. The Foundation will also sell books, artwork, and musical performances of the poet to fund an annual grant/scholarship to supports poets, visual artists, musicians, dancers, and filmmakers.
On November 14th, meet the filmmakers who made the documentary. There will be a Q&A discussion with the director Melody C. Miller and Producer Elisabeth Montgomery moderated by George Russell, a close friend of ruth weiss and co-founder of the Mendocino Film Festival.