American Folk

- The Movie - 

Filmed over 3,500 miles in 14 states.

starring folk singers joe purdy & Amber Rubarth.

WATCH the Movie and LISTEN to the Soundtrack today!


When their plane from Los Angeles to New York is grounded on the morning of

September 11, 2001, strangers Elliott (Joe Purdy) and Joni (Amber Rubarth) are

unexpectedly thrust together amidst the chaos of that historic day. With little in common

but both needing to get to NYC urgently, they accept help from Joni's family friend

Scottie (Krisha Fairchild) who lends the duo a rusty old 1972 Chevy Van. The shock and

stress of 9/11 quickly threatens to derail their cross country journey until the pair

discover what they do have in common: a love for old folk songs. Armed with a pile of

guitars left in the van from Scottie’s touring days, Elliott and Joni raise their voices

together (and with those they meet on the road), re-discovering the healing nature of

music and bearing witness to a nation of people who, even while mourning, manage to

lift each other up in the wake of tragedy.

With a refreshing gentleness and beauty, AMERICAN FOLK lovingly chronicles the

spaces between the suffering and fear, where music has the power to connect.

Musicians Joe Purdy and Amber Rubarth give nuanced and thoughtful performances,

with voices that are uplifting and achingly gorgeous. Filmed over 3,500 miles in 14

states, AMERICAN FOLK serves as a love letter to the natural beauty of America, to

the style of music that has shepherded us through historically tough times and to the

kindness of all of the "folk" that make America what it is.




OFficial Site

 Joe Purdy is an internationally acclaimed singer/songwriter who has released fourteen albums over the last fifteen years. His latest album, "who will be next?" is deeply rooted in the tradition of artists such as pete seeger, woody guthrie, phil ochs, bob dylan and others as a searing commentary of our turbulent time. Purdy's determination to honor the giants of american folk music while applying his formidable skills as a writer and vocalist reveal joe as a compassionate observer and participant in our times. 

AMERICAN FOLK marks Joe's first foray into acting.



Amber Rubarth is an award-winning singer-songwriter who has toured the world alongside such artists as Emmylou Harris, Richie Havens, and Ralph Stanley. A winner of the prestigious NPR New Song Contest, Amber's latest album "Wildflowers in the Graveyard" features a song heavily featured in the film.

AMERICAN FOLK also marks Amber's big screen debut.



For the last decade, David Heinz has been working in cutting rooms on both independent and studio pictures alike. Recently he edited Adult World with John Cusack which was released theatrically by IFC. In 2011 he served as the Additional Editor of This Means War for Fox as well as several other recent independent features. David recently contributed as the Visual Effects Editor to The Jungle Book, Dawn of the Planet of the Apes, and Live Free or Die Hard, to name a few.

AMERICAN FOLK marks his feature directorial debut.

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January 26th, 2018Los Angeles, CA Laemmle Music Hall
January 26th, 2018San Francisco, CA AMC Van Ness 14
January 26th, 2018Seattle, WA Varsity Theatre
January 26th, 2018Washington, DC Angelika Pop-Up at Union Station
January 26th, 2018Boston, MA Apple Cinemas Freshpond 10
January 26th, 2018Philadelphia, PA AMC Cherry Hill 24
January 26th, 2018Austin, TX Galaxy Highland 10
January 26th, 2018Minneapolis, MN Emagine White Bear Lake
January 26th, 2018Chicago, IL Facets Cinematheque
January 26th, 2018Cleveland, OH Tower City Cinemas
January 26th, 2018Santa Fe, NM The Screen
April 8th, 2018Norman, OK The Depot
May 11th, 2018Chippendale NSW Palace Central Sydney
May 12th, 2018Queensland Palace Central Brisbane
May 12th, 2018Melbourne, VIC The Kino Cinema
May 12th, 2018Canberra, ACT Palace Electric Cinema
May 15th, 2018Canberra, ACT Palace Electric Cinema
May 18th, 2018Chippendale NSW Palace Central Sydney
May 18th, 2018Queensland Palace Central Brisbane
May 18th, 2018Canberra, ACT Palace Electric Cinema
May 18th, 2018Melbourne, VIC The Kino Cinema
May 24th, 2018Salida, CO Salida Steamplant
May 25th, 2018Mansfield , TX Historic Mansfield Performance Park
June 28th, 2018Ludington, MI Ludington Area Center for the Arts
July 25th, 2018Ouray, CO Wright Opera House
July 26th, 2018Knoxville, TN Scruffy City Film Festival - Central Cinema
August 9th-13th, 2018Jecheon, South Korea Jecheon International Film Festival
August 21st, 2018La Mesa, CA Grossmont Center
August 22nd, 2018Pleasantville, NY Jacob Burns Film Center
August 24th & 26th, 2018Fayetteville, AR Fayetteville Roots Festival
October 5th, 2018Napa Valley, CA Napa Valley Film Festival
October 29th, 2018Tübingen, Germany Kino Atelier
November 8th, 2018Tübingen, Germany Kino Atelier


January 25th, 2018Los Angeles, CA GRAMMY MUSEUM
January 26th, 2018Los Angeles, CA HOTEL CAFE
January 27th, 2018San Francisco, CA THE INDEPENDENT
January 28th, 2018Seattle, WA TRIPLE DOOR
January 30th, 2018Washington D.C. THE HAMILTON
January 31st, 2018Philadelphia, PA WORLD CAFE LIVE
February 1st, 2018Boston, MA BRIGHTON MUSIC HALL
February 2nd, 2018New York, NY CITY WINERY
February 4th - 11th, 2018New Orleans, LA CAYAMO: A JOURNEY THROUGH SONG
February 3rd, 2018Derry, NH TUPELO MUSIC HALL
February 15th, 2018Kansas City, MO FOLK ALLIANCE 2018
February 16th, 2018Kansas City, MO FOLK ALLIANCE 2018
March 15th, 2018Austin, TX SXSW - VICTORIAN ROOM
August 11th-12th, 2018Kamakura, JAPAN CAFE GOATEE
September 11th-16th, 2018Nashville, TENN AMERICANAFEST



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