It’s been a busy month for singer/songwriterAmber Rubarth, as she and fellow musician Joe Purdy headline the road drama American Folk. Written and directed by David Heinz, the first rate feature centers on Joni (Rubarth) and Elliott (Purdy), strangers who travel together out of necessity when their plane is grounded in Los Angeles.
Set in the aftermath of 9/11 (the movie was initially titled September 12th), the picture was shot in over 14 states with novice actors Rubarth and Purdy making their feature film debut.
“I think that because we were traveling on the road, it was better for us because we’re not actors,” said Rubarth, adding a knowing laugh to the proceedings. “It allowed us to be able to take the trip and be feeling the different parts of the country and meeting people along the way.”
Along with releasing her eighth solo album Wildflowers in the Graveyard last year, Rubarth is also featured on the American Folk soundtrack, and she’s hitting the road with Purdy in support of the feature.
“There were a lot of challenging things of going out and creating this film and not knowing how to act and not knowing what that process was and trying to feel our way into it,” adds Rubarth. “It feels really great to know that we finished this project and we’re now getting to share it with people.”
Both Rubarth and Purdy may be neophytes in the acting game, but they pull off their respective roles and were able to play some wonderful music in the process (the tunes in the flick, which are thankfully not overused, bolster the narrative). American Folk hits theaters and On Demand January 26. For more info on the tour and film, check out the feature’sofficial site.
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As witnessed by the track “Someone Singing With Me,” Joe Purdy and Amber Rubarth can, pardon the pun, make beautiful music together.The musicians are hoping that translates with the upcoming indie American Folk.
Shot in 14 states, the film centers on two folk musicians (Purdy, Rubarth) who become unlikely traveling companions after their plane is stuck in California after the 9/11 attacks. Both are focused on getting back to New York and aiding them on their cross-country journey is a 1972 Chevy Van and, one would hope, a deep abiding love for folk music. The comparisons to Once are inescapable, but if that means more moviegoers will catch American Folk, that’s probably a good thing.
The trailer shows that both Purdy and Rubarth are natural actors, and it’s great to hear both of these musicians tip their hat to Townes Van Zandt with the catchy tune “Townes.” Check out the trailer below and tell us what you think!
American Folk hits theaters and On Demand January 26, 2018.