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ruth weiss showing on virtual festival

Sarasota Film Festival Virtual Festival Adds New Films and Pass

Our first-ever virtual festival continues with great new films you can watch. For the next two days, we are proud to offer you a special opportunity to screen the feature documentary “ruth weiss, the beat goddess”. A number of excellent short films (Still Happy, Balloon, The Geeble Show) have also been added to the Narrative shorts 2 program.

New virtual festival pass alert

We also introduced a new 5-FILM PACK pass that allows you to watch 5 films for $15, saving 25%. BUY IT NOW

Overall, we have an outstanding program of 80+ films, selected from the in-theater Sarasota Film Festival 2020. Please check out the full program of features, shorts and free educational programming at our site —

You can also vote on your favorites, in our first-ever virtual Audience Awards. We are announcing today a program of live events, including Q&As and panels with filmmakers. Check out the “Live Streams” menu in our festival for the options.

How to watch the films

The films are available on our website or through our app (search for “Sarasota Film Festival”), which is downloadable for IOS (iPhone/iPad), Android, or if you have Apple TV (download Eventive TV app).

Check out ruth weiss, the beat goddess streaming May 1-2

In a life that has spanned 91 creative years, ruth weiss is one of the last living significant poets 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 1940s, she opened up and organized the first poetry readings in cafes and bars in North Beach, giving a platform to many poets.

She is a contemporary of Lawrence Ferlinghetti, Jack Kerouac, and she was the originator of reading 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. Known around the world, ruth weiss continues to this day to perform her poetry. Inspired by her work, this documentary uses poetic imagery through dance, art, animation, and music to embody her oeuvre.

We appreciate your continued patronage. Please let us know if you have any questions.

Enjoy the films!

Editor’s Note: SFF held an Oscar Party earlier this year.

Photo from Sarasota Film Festival.

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