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Outlaw Poet is a documentary of the life and times of Ron Whitehead. A Kentucky farm boy who went on to be one of the most influential poets of his time. The film chronicles his journey and the people he met along the way including Hunter S. Thompson, Allen Ginsberg, Lawrence Ferlinghetti, Diane DiPrima, the Dalai Lama and many more. Our Louisville Premiere on April 28 was sold out! SO we are going on the road!

Join us on our National Tour beginning June 16th in Cincinnati. We are adding dates as we speak and the calendar will be available here in the next week or two. We are currently working on screenings in Cincinnati,OH, New York NY, Evansville, IN, Nashville, TN, Iceland and Estonia with more announcements coming soon!


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A Kentucky Legend is Born

A Documentary on the Life and Times of Ron Whitehead

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About Ron Whitehead

Outlaw Poet is the story of a coal miner's son on a rural farm of western Kentucky and his struggles with identity, the law, and his own addictions to become a world renowned beat generation poet, credited with reigniting the fires of Kerouac, Ginsberg and Ferlinghetti for the modern generation. 

Filmed for over 9 years, this documentary follows the life and times of Ron Whitehead and is as much a story of making the documentary as it is about the man himself. Currently in post production the film is expected to hit festivals in Spring of 2020.


Ron with giant fungus, photo by Jinn Bug.

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About the Film

The cinema verite story of Outlaw Poet and king of the underground Ron Whitehead. This feature length documentary will be a journey through Ron’s life; from driving 60-miles an hour at 3 a.m. through the streets of Louisville, in reverse, with Hunter S. Thompson, to his relationships with Beat Generation juggernauts,  the Dalai Lama, Muhammad Ali and many more complete with an introspective look at his childhood raised on a farm in rural  western Kentucky where Bill Monroe birthed Bluegrass Music and where Ron & Johnny Depp began in a little town called Owensboro.

Ron Whitehead, David Amram, Gill Scott Holland, The KENTUCKY BOUND Concert, Jimmy Can't Dance, 8/28/18,
photo by Frank Messina.