CIFF47: PSQ March 22 – April 1, 2023 | Streams April 2 – April 9, 2023


Year: 2017
Country: United States
Language: English
Run Time: 96 minutes


Popular American folk singers Joe Purdy and Amber Rubarth star as Elliott and Joni, two lost souls trying to make it across the country during one of our nation’s most trying times. Filmed over 3,500 miles in 14 states, SEPTEMBER 12TH is an intimate look into our nation’s heart. The story is told from the perspective of two people unknowingly holding the key to unlocking the love we needed after 9/11: the gift of music. Driving a beat-up touring van filled with instruments, Elliott and Joni—strangers who met on a plane diverted on its way to NYC—meet a cavalcade of Americans hurting, looking for answers, and wanting to help each other out. Bonding through their love of folk music, Elliott and Joni’s road trip becomes a back roads tour of the U.S., visiting the small towns that dot our country from coast to coast. At times SEPTEMBER 12TH is a sobering look into dark times, while also serving as a reminder of the power of art and love to shine a light and unite us—it’s a love story of music and compassion. —T.W.

CIFF41 Screenings

Saturday, April 01, 2017 at 7:05 PM

Monday, April 03, 2017 at 8:30 PM

Beachland Ballroom & Tavern

Sunday, April 02, 2017 at 6:00 PM

  • Now screening at 6:00 PM

American Independents Competition

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David Heinz grew up outside of Chicago and was a student at Columbia College when 9/11 happened, the day before his 21st birthday. He has worked as an editor on numerous blockbuster films over the past decade.

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Principal Cast
Joe Purdy, Amber Rubarth, Krisha Fairchild, Bruce Beatty, David Fine

Film Sponsors

Ciuni & Panichi

Community Partners

ORMACO: Ohio Regional Music Arts and Cultural Outreach

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