Digital Release on January 26th
Music by Ben Lovett
ABOUT 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.
ABOUT BEN LOVETT
BEN LOVETT debuted at Sundance in 2007 as composer for THE SIGNAL (Magnolia Pictures) — an Independent Spirit Award nominee and enduring cult favorite. In the decade that’s followed Lovett has created original scores for a wide range of unique Films including the Duplass Brothers’ thriller BLACK ROCK (Lion’s Gate); critic favorite and Gotham-Award nominee SUN DON’T SHINE (Factory 25) from director Amy Seimetz; and the sci-Fi noir SYNCHRONICITY (Magnolia Pictures) which earned Ben a nomination at the prestigious 2016 World Soundtrack Awards. Lovett recently completed new original scores for upcoming Films THE RITUAL (eOne/Netflix), AMERICAN FOLK (Good Deed), NIGHT SKY (Pop Films), and TOMMY — an ESPN “30 for 30” documentary on the late American boxing champion Tommy Morrison. Ben’s scoring career began on LAST GOODBYE, an indie drama starring Faye Dunaway and the late David Carradine that debuted to praise at the Tribeca Film Festival in 2005, before following up his Sundance success with THE LAST LULLABY, a crime drama starring Tom Sizemore that was awarded Best Original Score at the Brooklyn International Film Festival. In the years since, Lovett has been the recipient of numerous awards and worldwide recognition for numerous collaborative projects such as the visual adaptations of his own original songs EYE OF THE STORM and THE FEAR, and his original music to the Films THE RECONSTRUCTION OF WILLIAM ZERO and GHOST OF OLD HIGHWAYS.