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Watch ‘John Henry and The Railroad’ A True Tall Tale (Short Shouts!)

Watch 'John Henry and The Railroad' A True Tall Tale (Short Shouts!)

A fun short film to start your day titled John Henry and The Railroad – a film from the artisans at Whitestone Motion Pictures.

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.

We can toss it into the slave-western-narrative film soup pot.

Watch the 20-minute short below:

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Ed Williams

Man this was crazy good.
Great job to everyone involved. Really enjoyed it.

Geneva Girl

I finally gathered the family 'round to watch this. We all enjoyed it. It was excellent! Thank you so much for bringing it to our attention.


Excellent. Has this company made any more shorts like this? I would love to see more from them.


Excellent job by the filmmakers!! Very well done! E.Roger Mitchell is a beast of an actor. Check him out in the Hunger Games sequel "Catching Fire" this fall. Oh yeah..he's also in my film "The Next Day".


I really enjoyed it, but the son was terrible. He went from wealthy southern accent, to slave accent, to preppy valley boy. But the rest was really good, especially the music


Wow! Exceptionally well done — and thoroughly enjoyable!

Whitestone Motion Pictures

Thank you for posting our film and the kind words. "slave-western-narrative film soup pot" sounds about right.. add in "part musical" and then we're getting somewhere!


This is pretty good. I like the feel of it.

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