American Folk (2018)


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Filmed over 3500 miles in 14 states, musicians Joe Purdy and Amber Rubarth star as two strangers, both folk musicians, whose fates become intertwined after their plane is grounded in California following the September 11th attacks. Both desperately needing to get back to New York, they embark on a cross-country journey in a 1972 Chevy Van. Along the way, the duo finds solace in their mutual love of classic folk songs, and raising their voices with everyday people they meet on the road. They re-discover the healing nature of music and bear witness to a nation of people who lift each other up in the wake of tragedy.

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All Critics (19) | Top Critics (6)

The songs are lovely, and the first-time actors give performances that grow warmer as the film progresses

Jan 26, 2018 | Full Review…

The whole thing was a bad idea that only genius could've rescued. Maybe not even then.

Jan 26, 2018 | Rating: 1.5/4 | Full Review…

Sung mainly by real-life folk musicians Joe Purdy and Amber Rubarth, the songs lend the film an emotional resonance that the forced dialogue often struggles to achieve.

Jan 23, 2018 | Rating: 2/4 | Full Review…

With quirky characters met along the road, and as a visual love letter to the heartland, the film has a certain charm, and fans of folk music should be more than happy.

Jun 20, 2017 | Rating: 2.5/4 | Full Review…

The film belatedly emerges as one of the stronger fictional statements on 9/11.

Jun 14, 2017 | Full Review…
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Only a few films over the years have tried to dramatize events leading up to or following 9/11. September 12th takes a modest but effective approach to that national tragedy.

Feb 14, 2017 | Full Review…

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