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.
A docubiopic of young Harlem entrepreneur John Henry, who asked "Why not now?" and went from doorman to dry cleaner to dealmaker.
Produced by breakwaterstudios.com
Starring John Henry of New York, New York | @johnhenrystyle
Directed & Edited by Ben Proudfoot | @bgproudfoot / [email protected]
Photographed by David Bolen | @davidbolen
Music Composed, Orchestrated & Conducted by Nicholas Jacobson-Larson
Music Mixed by Brad Haehnel
Score Preparation by Alessandro Saini
Sound Supervision and Re-recording by Sean Higgins
Sound Editing by T.J. Jacques
Color by Stephen Derluguian
Post Production Supervision by David Nieman
Produced by Richard Graham and Jeremy Lambert
Story Development by Emily Bon
Production Coordinated by Clarisse Wiedem
Special Thanks to Dry Clean NYC, Hollymont Cleaners & Laundry, Michael Risley, Adam Hamwey, Grace Zahrah & Abigail Pucker
Shot on Arri Alexa Mini and Cooke Anamorphic /i
An Own Your Tomorrow Film Presented by Charles Schwab
Made with Love by Breakwater Studios Ltd. in Los Feliz, California | breakwaterstudios.com | @breakwaterstud
This is a video portrait that focuses on the application used by artist BITKR-11 while creating artworks.
everything from felt tip markers to flame throwing aerosols are used to create his artworks.
there is a strong visual energy inside his work which almost opposes his zen like qualities while producing them.
the artwork was created over night from with the aid of paint fumes and hip hop beats driving the process.
let me introduce you to the energy of BITKR-11
while he creates his piece "John Henry"
Whitestone Motion Pictures and 12Stone are proud to present "John Henry and The Railroad".
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.
John Henry worked tirelessly to become an architect; an aspiration he inherited from his father—a builder with a keen interest in construction design. John’s home in Australia, otherwise known as the ‘Research House’, is a conceptual playground: an extravagant, colorful display of iconography and timeless keepsakes.
Read more on FvF: http://go.fvonf.com/john-henry-video-en
Deutsche Version: http://go.fvonf.com/john-henry-video-de
This portrait is part of Home Stories— a collaboration Freunde von Freunden produces with Siemens Home Appliances. Home Stories explores the topic of innovative urban living, seen through the lenses of select inhabitants in modern global cities. We present unusual spaces, highlighting their aesthetic and technological qualities, alongside a look into their inhabitants’ lives.
Siemens Home: https://www.siemens-home.de
Project for Intermediate Film at Emerson. (I directed).
SYNOPSIS: The railroad workers are to be replaced by an automation but John Henry proposes a challenge to see who's stronger: man or machine.
*Official Selection Mid-Atlantic Black Film Festival: Student Division 2010
*Official Selection Anchorage Alaska International Film Festival 2010