When a plane from Los Angeles to New York is grounded on the morning of September 11, 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 urgently to get back to NYC, the strangers accept help from a friend 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. Thankfully, the mismatched pair discover that they do have something in common: a love for old folk songs. Armed with a pile of guitars left in the van, Elliott and Joni raise their voices, 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.
Q&A with expected guests David Heinz, Amber Rubarth, and Fiona Walsh.
RUN TIME: 99 Mins
FILM PROGRAM: Narrative Features
DIRECTOR(s): David Heinz
PRODUCER(s): Matt Miller, Fiona Walsh
SCREENWRITER(s): David Heinz
KEY CAST: Joe Purdy, Amber Rubarth, Krisha Fairchild, Bruce Beatty, Elizabeth Dennehy
David Heinz has been working in cutting rooms on both independent and studio pictures for the past decade. He has provided editing for Adult World and This Means War as well as several other recent independent features. He also contributed as the visual effects editor to The Jungle Book, Dawn Of The Planet Of The Apes, and Live Free Or Die Hard. American Folk marks his feature directorial debut.