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Filmmaker Louis Schwartzberg hits the road to capture America's people and its natural beauty. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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George Woodard ... Dairy Farmer, Waterbury, Vermont
Charles Jimmie Sr. ... Tlingit Indian Elder, Klukwan, Alaska
The Vasquez Brothers ... Salsa Dancers, Los Angeles, California
Frank Pino ... Rock Band, Waltham, Massachusetts
David Pino ... Rock Band, Waltham, Massachusetts
John 'Yac' Yacobellis ... Bike Messenger, New York, New York
Patty Wagstaff ... Acrobatic Flyer, St. Augustine, Florida
Paul Stone ... Explosive Art, Creede, Colorado
Ed Holt ... Wine Grower, Santa Maria, California
Weirton Steelworkers ... Themselves, Weirton, West Virginia
Cecil Williams ... Himself - Glide Church, San Francisco, California (as Rev. Cecil Williams)
Janice Miriktani ... Executive Director, Glide Church, San Francisco, California
David Krakauer ... Klezmer Clarinetist, New York, New York
James Andrews ... Jazz Musician, New Orleans, Louisiana
Trombone Shorty ... Jazz Musician, New Orleans, Louisiana
Marc Savoy ... Cajun Musician, Eunice, Louisiana
Ann Savoy ... Cajun Musician, Eunice, Louisiana
Daniel Klennert ... Himself
Art Car Festival ... Themselves, Berkeley, California
Michael Bennett ... Olympic Boxer, Chicago, Illinois

Erik Weihenmayer ... Blind Climber, Ouray, Colorado
Mosie Burks ... Gospel Singer, Jackson, Mississippi
Ace Barnes ... Oil Well Fire Fighter, Livingston, Texas
James Tuppin ... Oil Well Fire Fighter, Livingston, Texas
Ben Cohen ... Founder, Ben & Jerry's, Williston, Vermont
Minny Yancy ... Rug Weaver, Berea, Kentucky
Roudy Roudebush ... Horse Wrangler, Telluride, Colorado
Rick Hoyt ... Boston Marathon, Boston, Massachusetts

Dick Hoyt ... Boston Marathon, Boston, Massachusetts
Amelia Rudolph ... Founder, Bandaloop Cliff Dancers, Muir Beach, California
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Harrod Blank ... Himself (uncredited)
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Directed by
Louie Schwartzberg 
 
Produced by
Grady Candler .... field producer
Jake Eberts .... executive producer
Brian E. Frankish .... field producer
Louie Schwartzberg .... producer
Vincent Ueber .... associate producer
 
Original Music by
Joel McNeely 
 
Cinematography by
Louie Schwartzberg  (as Louis Schwartzberg)
 
Film Editing by
Brian Funck 
Tom McGah 
 
Art Department
Kylee Kennedy .... graphic artist
 
Sound Department
Kent Gibson .... sound designer
Kent Gibson .... sound re-recording mixer
Steve Morantz .... sound recordist
Brian Whitlock .... sound
 
Visual Effects by
John Daro .... digital intermediate editor
Steve Shaw .... digital intermediate colourist
 
Camera and Electrical Department
David Dowell .... assistant camera
Steve Koster .... camera operator: Spacecam
John Sheeren .... first assistant camera
 
Animation Department
Duane Conder .... initial title compositing & animation
 
Editorial Department
Ryan Langerud .... post-production assistant
John Nicolard .... digital intermediate supervisor
Jeff Smithwick .... film timer
Sarina-Marie Volman .... post-production coordinator
Walter Volpatto .... digital intermediate artist
Jeremy Weinstein .... assistant editor (home video)
 
Music Department
Matt Kierscht .... music consultant
Brian Leff .... music coordinator
Peter Rotter .... orchestra contractor
James Thatcher .... musician: french horn
Joshua Winget .... music editor
Bryan Pezzone .... musician (uncredited)
 
Other crew
Rebecca Edelson .... script clearance administrator (uncredited)
 

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8 out of 10 people found the following review useful.
A glowing film about the best of American life., 26 May 2004
Author: marc-262 from San Diego, CA

America's Heart and Soul is one of the first documentaries to emerge from Disney in many years. It is easy to see why they selected this project for distribution -- it is upbeat, beautifully shot, and filled with enough stock quirky American characters to provide a counterpoint to the otherwise dramatic material. The film shares some features with the 360-degree surround films that have been a staple in the Disney theme parks -- the scenes are short vignettes featuring the lives of ordinary (and not so ordinary) Americans interspersed with soaring aerial shots of America's golden landscape.

Especially noteworthy are the stories of Michael Bennett, a convict turned Olympian; Erik Weihenmayer, a blind mountain climber; and Rick and Dick Hoyt, a father/son marathon team (Rick is paraplegic). Humor is provided by Paul Stone, and "artist" whose medium is explosives, and the folks at the Art Car Festival. But for sheer beauty it is hard to beat the segment on the Bandaloop Cliff Dancers.

Part biography, part travelogue, this film is not a documentary about American life as it is -- the gritty side of our nation is conspicuously absent. Instead it is a glowing portrait of what we deem best -- freedom (including the freedom to be incredibly silly), family, cultural diversity, caring, and determination. It's not a reality-check, it is a glorious vision. And, despite what some snootier critics might think, that's not always a bad thing. America's Heart and Soul is a great family film for anyone looking to see what's good and beautiful about America.

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