American Folk


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.

Proprio così una lettera d’amore. Che si traduce anche e soprattutto in una colonna sonora meravigliosa, intima, toccante, quasi sussurrata. Una storia. Un viaggio. Un gioiello, così semplicemente.

American Folk sito ufficiale

1. This Old Guitar (performed/written by Joe Purdy)
2. Some Humans Ain’t Human (performed/written by John Prine)
3. Joni, Elliot (Dialogue)
4. Red River Valley (performed by Joe Purdy & Amber Rubarth, traditional)
5. Black Jack J*Davey (performed by Joe Purdy & Amber Rubarth, written by A.P. Carter)
6. Pretty Saro (Instrumental) (performed by Joe Purdy, traditional)
7. Someone Singing With Me (performed by Joe Purdy & Amber Rubarth, written by Joe Purdy)
8. Oh! Susanna (Instrumental) (performed by Joe Purdy, written by Stephen Collins Foster)
9. Swing Low, Sweet Chariot (performed by Amber Rubarth, written by Wallace Willis)
10. Freight Train (performed by Jerry Garcia & David Grisman, written by ElizabethCotten)
11. Play (Dialogue)
12. New York (performed/written by Amber Rubarth)
13. Hello Stranger (performed by Amber Rubarth & Joe Purdy, written by A.P. Carter)
14. Moonlight (performed by Joe Purdy & Amber Rubarth, written by Blaze Foley)
15. Oh Shenandoah (performed by Joe Purdy & Amber Rubarth, traditional)
16. Lonesome Valley (Joe Purdy & Amber Rubarth)

17. Of Course (Dialogue)

18. This Old Guitar (full version) (performed by Joe Purdy & Amber Rubarth, written by Joe Purdy)

19. Townes (performed by Amber Rubarth & Joe Purdy, written by Amber Rubarth)