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.
AARON BURR, PART 2 is a contemporary re-imagining of the duel between Alexander Hamilton and Aaron Burr. The film explores the idea of history as a contested narrative. Also, it is a comedy.
The film premiered as a selection of the 2011 New York Film Festival and has played at festivals throughout the country including SXSW, True/False, San Francisco, Sarasota, Philadelphia, Boston, Montclair, Rooftop, HotDocs, Traverse City and Dallas, where it was awarded the Jury Prize for Best Short Film. The film has been programmed alternately as a narrative and a documentary.
I was fortunate enough to direct a promotional video for The Southeastern Railway Museum a little while back for Whitestone’s Protege Program, and I am proud to finally present my team’s hard work to everyone!
If you truly have an interest in trains or have a little cousin to entertain, this museum is really a great time! Just let them know that Derek sent you. :)