When their plane from Los Angeles to New York is grounded on the morning of September 11, 2001, strangers Elliott and Joni 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 who lends the duo a rusty old 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. Elliott and Joni raise their voices together, rediscovering 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.
Filmed over 3,500 miles in fourteen 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.
For the last decade, David Heinz has been working in cutting rooms on both independent and studio pictures alike. Recently he edited < Adult World > with John Cusack. In 2011 he served as the additional editor of < This Means War > for FOX as well as several other recent independent features. He recently contributed as the visual effects editor to < The Jungle Book >, < Dawn of The Planet of the Apes >, and < Live Free or Die Hard >, to name a few. < American Folk > marks his feature directorial debut.
‘Jecheon Live Choice’ is a program with strengthened JIMFF characteristics in which you can enjoy both film and music in the same place at the same time. This year marks its fourth year and presents the audience with something different. ‘Jecheon Live Choice’ not only has performances from film musicians, but also has a talk program ‘Talk’, a QNA session with guests and audiences covering various subjects, and a performance program ‘Meet’, an interaction between various music genres competent vocalists and fandom. ‘Jecheon Live Choice’, equipped with a more various and full program, will be a time where the festival audience and guests / performers can communicate closer.