Ruth Leitman

Leitman is an award winning social justice issue documentary filmmaker recognized for over the past 20 years, with the support of the Rockefeller Foundation, Paul Robeson Fund, TribeCa Film Institute, Fledgling Fund and Illinois Humanities Council. In 2016 she was named in BFI’s Sight and Sound Magazine’s The Female Gaze: 100 Overlooked Films Directed by Women. In 2015, she directed for Kartemquin’s documentary series Hard Earned for Al Jazeera America, nominated for an International Documentary Association Award (2015) and won an Alfred I. duPont Columbia Journalism Award (2016). Her immigration film Tony & Janina’s American Wedding (2010) premiered at Chicago International Film Festival won a jury prize and several social justice awards. Premiering at Tribeca Film Festival and Hot Docs, Lipstick & Dynamite (2005) won the Documentary Storytelling Prize at Nantucket Film Festival, was broadcast on SHOWTIME, featured on Jay Leno, Conan O’Brien and NPR’s Fresh Air and Morning Edition. Alma (1998) won the Documentary Feature Jury Prize at Hamptons Film Festival, screened at IDFA, SXSW, Director’s Guild of America and Whitney Biennial. Wildwood,NJ (1994), Leitman’s first feature, has enjoyed a second (viral) life since 2009 and screened at Hot Doc’s fifteen year anniversary festival in 2013. Ruth is directing Lady Parts Justice in the New World Order (2018), following The Daily Show Co-Creator Lizz Winstead and her renegade repro rights organization, Lady Parts Justice.