Ruth Leitman

Through her company Ruthless Films, Ruth Leitman has directed six feature length documentaries. Her Southern Gothic film Alma (1998) won the Documentary Feature Jury Prize at Hamptons Film Festival, screened at IDFA, 3 SWSW, DGA and Whitney Biennial. Premiering at Tribeca Film Festival and Hot Docs, her film Lipstick & Dynamite (2005) won the Documentary Storytelling Prize at Nantucket Film Festival; was released theatrically; and was broadcast on SHOWTIME. Lipstick was featured on Jay Leno, Conan O’Brien and NPR’s Fresh Air and Morning Edition. Leitman wrote Fordson, which has garnered numerous festival awards. Most recently, Tony & Janina’s American Wedding (2010), an immigration story, premiered at Chicago International Film Festival winning a Jury Prize. Leitman’s first documentary Wildwood, NJ (1994) became a YouTube viral hit with over a million views and a symbol of ‘90’s zeitgeist girl culture used in pop culture media from the fashion runways of Milan to music videos of Lana Del Rey. Leitman is currently in development on a 1950’s fiction feature film, The Pin-Down Girl, about the pioneers of women’s wrestling. She is on the faculty of Columbia College Chicago.

Films by Ruth Leitman

Hard Earned 2015
Emilia Story Director
Almost There 2014
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