This week, celebrated poet and one of the most influential writers of the Beat Generation, ruth weiss sadly left us, aged 92.
“Ruth Weiss : The Beat Goddess,” a new film from multi-award winning filmmaker Melody C.Miller, celebrates the life and work of a wonderful talent and woman.
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. In the 1950s, she opened up and organized the first poetry readings in North Beach cafes and bars, giving a platform to many poets.
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. Legend Herb Caen dubbed Ruth Weiss as “The Goddess of the Beat Generation” because of her contribution to the culture of North Beach and the Bay Area poetry scene.
The film premiered at the Asolo Art Film Festival in Italy, won Best Documentary at the Peekskill Film Festival, won Visionary Women In Film Award at the Santa Cruz Film Festival, and is nominated for Best Documentary at 10 other film festivals nationwide. Ruth Weiss was awarded the 2020 Maverick Spirit Award from the Cinequest Film Festival. This prestigious award is given to influential individuals who embody the independent and innovative mindset and has previously been awarded to Werner Herzog, Harrison Ford, Jackie Chan, and many more.
“Ruth Weiss: The Beat Goddess” will have its UK premiere at the Romford Film Festival, August 18.
Says director Melody C.Miller, “it is up to us as ruth weiss’s friends and fans to make sure her poetry is read, heard, and experienced. We are honored to share the film with audiences in the UK. Before ruth passed, one of our last conversations was about the UK premiere and she was excited and will travel there in spirit.”
Highly-anticipated brutal survival thriller “Range Runners,” from director Philip S. Plowden , premieres On Demand and DVD this September.
A woman thru-hiking an isolated trail runs into trouble when her pack is hijacked by two men hiding out in the woods, desperate and on the run. Now, stranded and left to fend for herself, she has a choice: crawl back to her normal life in defeat, or push forward and take back what was stolen from her.
Celeste M Cooper, Sean Patrick Leonard, Michael B. Woods, and Tiffany Renee Johnson star in Range Runners, releasing September 8 from Dark Star Pictures and Uncork’d Entertainment.
The powerful, timely thriller “WATCH LIST,” from Dark Star Pictures and Uncork’d Entertainment, arrives in virtual theaters August 21 before an On Demand release September 1.
“WATCH LIST” is set against the drug wars in the Philippines. After her husband is murdered under mysterious circumstances, Maria is left to fend for her three children in a police state. As she delves into Manila’s dark underworld of cops, criminals, and drugs to find answers, she realizes the truth is never black and white, and that she must explore her own darkness to keep her family safe.
An intense thriller set in the world of the Filipino police and their often-violent war against drug dealers and users, the true story played such festivals as Mill Valley IFF, Seattle IFF, Nashville IFF, Deauville American FF & more…
Ben Rekhi directs Arthur Acuña, Alessandra de Rossi, and Jake Macapagal in “WATCH LIST,” in virtual theaters 8/21.
After a two year hiatus from music, Trinidad’s raspy-candied voice is back to deliver her side of the story in “Lee M’Alone.” The single which is the first from her upcoming album I Think Too Much, is a blend of boom bap hip hop , energetic lyrics and a brassy blend of harmonies. The phrase Lee M’Alone is a sort of patois used in Trinidad and Tobago to say leave me alone.
She explains, “Lee M’Alone is a compilation of thoughts, feelings and experiences I had during my time off. This record was a strange experience to create; truly. I didn’t want to seem like I hated when people checked up on me because at first listen that’s what it sounds like. But on a second listen, if you get that far, it’s just a cry for mental health days. Sometimes, I just get tired. With this track, I want to help raise awareness around mental health in black and Caribbean communities where it is often seen as evil spirits or “not real”. I am now a stone cold advocate for walking away or taking a break from people or situations that don’t serve you anymore or that are just straight up toxic.”
Widow’s Point, Gregory Lamberson’s highly-anticipated, award-winning adaptation of the book of the same name, premieres on DVD and Digital in the USA and Canada September 1 via 101 Films.
Craig Sheffer (A River Runs Through It, Nightbreed) leads the cast of the film, alongside KateLynn E. Newberry (Homecoming Revenge).
Widow’s Point follows a writer who spends a weekend locked in a haunted lighthouse to help promote his next book, where he is targeted by Supernatural forces.
Richard Chizmar and Billy Chizmar, authors of the original source novel, adapted Widow’s Point for the screen.
The film had a successful festival run, including Shawna Shea Film Festival, where it won awards for ‘Beast Feature’ and ‘Best Actor’ for Craig Sheffer, Crimson Scream Horror festival, where Craig also picked up ‘Best Actor’ award; LUSCA Caribbean International Fantastic and Twin Tiers International, where the film picked up the ‘Audience Award’.
Widow’s Point was reviewed by Rue Morgue ‘’Sheffer contributes an outstanding display of on-screen insanity…an absolute thrill to witness.” Peter Straub, New York Times bestselling author of Ghost Story, Shadowland and Mr. X commented ‘’Greg Lamberson’s WIDOW’S POINT offers what is very nearly a solo showcase to Craig Scheffer, who responds with bellows and rants, mutters and whispers, and otherwise by strutting his stuff through this lively horror cut-up.” and Delirium Magazine ‘’Lamberson unleashes what may be his finest work to date – at least, his most elegant and restrained.…embedded in a haunted-lighthouse yarn that creeps under the skin and stays there.”
Widow’s Point will be available 9/1 on DVD and Digital via 101 Films.
Genre veteran Tyler Savage (Inheritance) has announced the world premiere of his latest feature, Blinders, at Arrow Video FrightFest Digital Edition 2020. The increasingly creepy film follows a lonely transplant to the City of Angels who forms a dangerous friendship with a rideshare driver. Blinders will world premiere during FrightFest at FrightFest Digital on August 31st.
Vincent Van Horn and Michael Lee Joplin headline the cast as Andy and Roger, two lonely souls whose paths cross during one fateful drive. When Andy forms a blossoming connection with the beautiful Sam (Christine Ko, (“Upload”, “Dave”), Roger quickly turns obsessive with disastrous consequences. Savage directed from a script he co-wrote with Dash Hawkins, and they produced alongside J.P. Castel, Chadd Harbold and Daniel Pisano.
In the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic, Arrow Video FrightFest has gone Digital for 2020. All films will ‘stream as live’ at the advertised times, except for the two short film showcases which will be available ‘on-demand’ for the duration of the festival. Each film will stream once at the advertised time. All the films are Geo-locked and can only be viewed in the UK and Ireland, and only residents of the UK and Ireland can purchase tickets.
Info on FrightFest Digital Edition
Blinders at Arrow FrightFest Digital:
Monday, August 31st, 2020
Film Info & Tickets
Streaming links are available for review consideration.
Reviews are embargoed until the premiere on August 31st.
In the wake of a messy break-up, Andy decides to start fresh, relocating from Austin to Los Angeles. Eager to make new connections, he befriends Roger, an unusual rideshare driver. But when Roger’s behavior gets too strange for comfort, Andy blows him off, choosing to focus on a budding relationship with Sam. This unhinges Roger, who begins to torment Andy, ensuring that his stay in L.A. is short-lived.
10 of horror’s hottest rising filmmakers unite to tell 8 terrifying tales.
A Night of Horror : Nightmare Radio, premiering on Demand and DVD September 1, is a new anthology from brothers Luciano Onetti and Nicolas Onetti. Joining the Onettis are filmmakers Sergio Morcillo, Joshua Long, Jason Bognacki, Adam O´Brien, Matt Richards, A.J. Briones, Pablo S. Pastor and Oliver Park.
Rod, radio DJ, hosts a popular horror-themed show packed with tales of terror for eager listeners. When he receives alarming calls from a horrified child things start to feel off. What ensues is a roller-coaster ride of horror stories…
Ian Costello, Clara Kovacic, and James Wright help make up the cast.
A Night of Horror : Nightmare Radio is being distributed by Uncorkd’ Entertainment.
Premiering in lounge rooms this August, an exhilarating new science-fiction thriller from director James Twyman, “Invasion Earth.”
The story follows a group of addicts who attend therapy to avoid being sent to prison, while a TV journalist goes undercover and joins the group to try and expose this as a scam. However, all of their lives are thrown into chaos by the beginning of an alien invasion.
Charlotte Gould, Phoebe Delikoura, Tony Fadil, Jon-Paul Gates, Nigel Thijs, and David Shaw star in the critically acclaimed new film from James Twyman, only On Demand and DVD August 4 from Midnight Releasing.