- The Movie -
Filmed over 3,500 miles in 14 states.
starring folk singers joe purdy & Amber Rubarth.
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.
CAST & CREW
Joe Purdy is an in internationally acclaimed singer-songwriter who has released fourteen albums over the last fifteen years. Despite his popularity, Joe has repeatedly turned down offers to sign with major labels in favor of recording and releasing albums himself. For example, Joe released his eleventh album on June 28th, 2010 just after 4am because, as he simply said, that's when he finished it.
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.
WIDER THEATRICAL RELEASE IN EARLY 2018 - DETAILS ANNOUNCING SOON