BAAM Art on Screen: Ruth Stone’s Vast Library of the Female Mind
- Sat, May 21
Midnight weekend screenings happen on Friday & Saturday nights (meaning arrive on Friday and/or Saturday night by 11:45pm for seating, the movie starts after midnight)!
Director: Nora Jacobson Run Time: 77 min. Release Year: 2022
7pm Film: Ruth Stone’s Vast Library of the Female Mind
Q & A with Filmmaker Nora Jacobson to follow
Film Synopsis: After tragedy strikes, acclaimed poet Ruth Stone retreated to the margins of the literary world, working tirelessly to provide for her children, and transforming her intense grief into poetry, using simple, startling language. Using a conversational, intimate approach, award-winning Vermont filmmaker Nora Jacobson combines archival footage of Ruth at different times of her life, animation by her granddaughter Bianca Stone, and heartfelt observations by family members and poets, including Sharon Olds, Toi Derricotte, Major Jackson and Edward Hirsch.
Though not well known outside of the poetry world, Stone won accolades and awards, such as the National Book Award for Poetry, the Wallace Stevens Award, the National Book Critics Circle Award, two Guggenheim Fellowships, the Delmore Schwartz Award, and she was a finalist for the 2009 Pulitzer Prize for Poetry, among many others.
Beloved by many, Ruth’s home in Goshen, Vermont became a mecca for students, poets, friends and family members. There she inspired people to make art and write, not only through activities such as the “poetry game”, but by providing solace and nurture, surrounded by nature and camaraderie. After Ruth died, her grandchildren and Ben Pease began renovating the house and turning it into a writer’s retreat. Their goal is to create an enduring legacy that will keep Ruth’s name alive and nurture a new generation of poets. It is called: The Ruth Stone House www.ruthstonehouse.org
Nora Jacobson is an award-winning filmmaker of documentaries and narrative films. Her films include The Hanji Box, the 6-part collaborative film Freedom & Unity: The Vermont Movie; My Mother’s Early Lovers, Nothing Like Dreaming, and Delivered Vacant. Her films have screened at many festivals including Sundance, the New York Film Festival and shown on PBS. Click here to find out more about Nora Jacobson’s work.
Tickets for this event are Pay As You Can with all proceeds going to the filmmaker and future BAAM programming at The Gem.