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American Folk

Featuring Joe Purdy and Amber Rubarth

In American Folk, filmed over 3,500 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, raising their voices with everyday people they meet on the road. They rediscover the healing nature of music and bear witness to a nation of people who lift each other up in the wake of tragedy. The GRAMMY Museum will present a special screening of this film, followed by an intimate conversation moderated by author Paul Zollo featuring Purdy and Rubarth, along with director David Heinz and producers Matt Miller and Fiona Walsh-Heinz.  Joe Purdy and Amber Rubarth will perform a brief set following the conversation.