America's Heart and Soul
America's Heart and Soul
is a 2004 film produced by Blacklight Films and released by Walt Disney Pictures. It is a documentary and was directed by Louis Schwartzberg. The film was nominated for two MovieGuide Awards, winning one. It was released on July 12, 2004, and grossed $314,402.


America is a vast country--three thousand miles from end to end. But it's not the land that makes America so special--it's the people. Filmmaker Louis Schwartzberg packed-up his camera and hit the road, with a goal of capturing both the unparalleled beauty of the land and the incomparable spirit of the people. He connects with people, capturing their values, dreams, and passion in a journey that reveals the stories--unusual, captivating, inspiring and emotional--that make Americans into something more than a collection of individuals. It's a celebration of a nation told through the voices of its people


  • George Woodard as Dairy Farmer, Waterbury, Vermont
  • Charles Jimmie Sr. as Tlingit Indian Elder, Klukwan, Alaska
  • The Vasquez Brothers as Salsa Dancers, Los Angeles, California
  • Frank Pino as Rock Band, Waltham, Massachusetts
  • David Pino as Rock Band, Waltham, Massachusetts
  • John 'Yac' Yacobellis as Bike Messenger, New York, New York
  • Patty Wagstaff as Acrobatic Flyer, St. Augustine, Florida
  • Paul Stone as Explosive Art, Creede, Colorado
  • Ed Holt as Wine Grower, Santa Maria, California
  • Weirton Steelworkers as Themselves, Weirton, West Virginia
  • Cecil Williams as Himself - Glide Church, San Francisco, California (as Rev. Cecil Williams)
  • Janice Miriktani as Executive Director, Glide Church, San Francisco, California
  • David Krakauer as Klezmer Clarinetist, New York, New York
  • James Andrews as Jazz Musician, New Orleans, Louisiana
  • Trombone Shorty as Jazz Musician, New Orleans, Louisiana

Production Credits

  • Directors: Louis Schwartzberg
  • Producers: Louis Schwartzberg, Brian E. Frankish, Grady Candler, Jake Eberts, Vincent Ueber
  • Rated: PG (Parental Guidance Suggested)
  • Studio: Buena Vista Home Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: February 1, 2005
  • Run Time: 84 minute