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Travelin' Trains (1988)

| Short | 1988 (USA)
The story of Sam Unterman, a young man in search of his father, "The Snowman," in depression-era Georgia, and the blues music that united and separated him from his search. The truth to the... See full summary »

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Eric Mofford

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Eric Mofford
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Credited cast:
Thomas Merdis Thomas Merdis ... Hobo Camp Leader
Tony Vaughn ... Thompson
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The story of Sam Unterman, a young man in search of his father, "The Snowman," in depression-era Georgia, and the blues music that united and separated him from his search. The truth to the railroad warning that "hobo legends ain't the same as book legends," becomes painfully clear to young Sam in his journey through the music of a generation living the blues. Written by Eric Mofford

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blues | train | See All (2) »

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Hobo Legends ain't the same as book legends

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USA

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English

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1988 (USA) See more »

Filming Locations:

Atlanta, Georgia, USA

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$25,000 (estimated)
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A Beautiful Portrait
6 January 2010 | by lexray-specsSee all my reviews

When watching a short, I'm always concerned that it's going to lose my interest after the first five minutes and I'll feel like 25 minutes of my day was wasted numbing my eyes. However, this story of searching and companionship was written, shot, directed, and acted so beautifully, I didn't want it to end. I wanted the cursor to go into 45 minutes, an hour. In my opinion, it fulfilled its ideal purpose; a short that can hold it's own, but it's only a part of the greater whole. The music is it's own character speaking both to its fellow travelers and the audience, like a jester. Travelin' Trains shows the depression era Georgia with a dusty whimsicality that spins you so light handedly, you don't even realize how fantastically dizzy you get at the climactic scene, but it brings you down again softly in the end. Needless to say, I highly recommend it.


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