American Folk

New American Cinema | 2017 | 99 minutes

SIFF Says:

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.
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Film Credits
Director
David Heinz
Cast
Joe Purdy, Amber Rubarth, Krisha Fairchild, Bruce Beatty
Festivals
SIFF 2017