In 1900, L. Frank Baum wrote The Wonderful Wizard of Oz, which went on to become one of the most beloved children’s books of all time, reprinted and reinvented in a myriad stage plays, films, TV series, musicals and other adaptations. But Baum’s original tale featured a little-known backstory about the Tin Woodsman – a morality tale about a man who gets so caught up in his work that he loses sight of what really matters in life.
Director Brian McCormick decided to capture this poetic tale and the hidden love story about a simple woodsman and a beautiful maiden in Heartless: The Story of the Tin Man — an artfully shot short film, viewable for free online.
Maria Popova is the founder and editor in chief of Brain Pickings, a curated inventory of eclectic interestingness and indiscriminate curiosity. She writes for Wired UK, GOOD Magazine, BigThink and Huffington Post, and spends too much time curating interestingness on Twitter.