The legend of John Henry is a classic tale of man vs. machine, and has never been depicted on film like this before. Whitestone Motion Pictures could have created a full-length featured film and I would have devoured it. Although the short-film length feels appropriate, I definitely could have watched and enjoyed a longer version of John Henry and the Railroad. This inspirational morsel of folklore is refreshing and necessary, even if only to balance out some of our hollowest forms of entertainment and our inexcusable scarcity of minority heroes.
This is the tale of John Henry. The one from the railroad story. Legend goes that John Henry was a freed slave. John took his only son out looking for work. He was out to make a new life for himself. He heard somethin’ about railroad work needing to be done. So that’s where he went. But trouble was just around the bend.
A film from the artisans at Whitestone Motion Pictures.
Soundtrack available on iTunes.