Speaker Profile

Ruth Leitman

Director Producer
Ruthless Films

Leitman has directed 6 award-winning feature documentary films. Her film "Alma" won the Documentary Prize at the Hamptons Film Festival, screened at Director’s Guild of America NYC and the Whitney Biennial. "Lipstick & Dynamite" premiered at the TriBeCa Film Festival was released nationally in theaters, broadcast on SHOWTIME, featured on Jay Leno, Conan O’Brien and Fresh Air. Most recently her immigration film "Tony & Janina’s American Wedding" won a jury prize at Chicago International Film Festival, Grassroots Impact Award at Flyway Film Festival and Immigrant Law Center of Minnesota’s National Advocate of the Year. Leitman is the writer of “Fordson”, about a Muslim high school football team, winning numerous festival awards this year. Leitman has directed for Ronald McDonald House Charities, Safe Humane Chicago, American Trial Lawyers Association, Sallie Mae Student Loans, Redwalls, Neko Case, Outkast, Black Crowes and Indigo Girls. Leitman teaches documentary filmmaking at Columbia College Chicago.

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