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.