American Folk

USA | 2017 | 99 minutes | David Heinz

Folk singers Joe Purdy and Amber Rubarth deliver elegant, naturalistic performances as two strangers who take an impromptu cross-country road trip in the days after 9/11, rediscovering the power of music to heal in the wake of an unthinkable national tragedy.

Live musical performance by Amber Rubarth following each screening.

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Elliott (Joe Purdy) and Joni (Amber Rubarth) are two folk musicians who meet on a flight bound for New York: He's a guitarist headed east to catch up with a touring band; she's returning home from a wedding. Impressed with the music she hears emanating from his headphones, she plugs in her own, using a splitter for his portable CD player so they can both listen. They smile. The captain's voice comes over the PA system: Due to an emergency, the plane must return to Los Angeles immediately. Back on the ground, Elliott and Joni find the airport in chaos as people take in the televised horrors of September 11, 2001. With U.S. airspace closed and both eager to make it out east as quickly as possible, Joni invites Elliott on an impromptu cross-country road trip in a family friend's beat-up 1972 Chevy van. As they make their way across the shifting landscapes, the America they encounter is one of hushed silence, a society still trying to make sense of this strange new world. All Joni and Elliott can do in this time of tragedy is fill that hushed silence with their music, beautiful folk songs old and new, emanating from the hollow tin of their van past roadside motels and fireside gatherings.

Director Biography

For the last decade, David Heinz has been working in cutting rooms on both independent and studio pictures alike (The Jungle Book, Planet of the Apes, and many more). American Folk marks his feature directorial debut.

Sponsored by Ingeniux, The Maxwell Hotel

  • Director: David Heinz
  • Principal Cast: Joe Purdy, Amber Rubarth, Krisha Fairchild, Bruce Beatty
  • Premiere Status: Seattle
  • Country: USA
  • Year: 2017
  • Running Time: 99 minutes
  • Producer: Matt Miller, Fiona Walsh
  • Screenplay: David Heinz
  • Cinematographers: Devin Whetstone
  • Editors: David Heinz
  • Music: Ben Lovett
  • Website: Official Film Website
  • Awards: Cleveland International Film Festival 2017 (Grand Jury Price, American Independents)
  • Filmography: Debut Feature Film
  • Language: English
  • Format: DCP