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Hush Hoggies Hush (1978)

About the Film

Meet Tom Johnson and his praying pigs. "Been fooling with them hogs for 35 long years," Johnson says in the film as he rocks on the porch of his modest residence near Bentonia, Mississippi. "It's just an idea that I took up. It's a play thing. And it put me into something that I didn't get out of too easy and so soon."

The pigs, taught to stand beside their brimming slop trough with heads bowed while Johnson prayed over their food, dug in with gusto when he finally released them to eat.

Johnson died in 1980, but the four minute film is a lasting reminder of his special pig training talents.


For licensing, film rights and permissions, contact William (Bill) Ferris, Judy Peiser, the distributor, or Folkstreams.

Film Details

  • Film by: William (Bill) Ferris, Judy Peiser
  • Produced by: Bill Ferris, Judy Peiser, Bobby Taylor, Center for Southern Folklore
  • Sound: Randy Robertson
  • Editor: Karen Sawyer
  • Other Credits: Production Assistance by Frank Fourmy
  • Funding: National Endowment for the Arts, National Endowment for the Humanities, Rockefeller Foundation
  • Original Format: Film: 16mm
  • © Center for Southern Folklore
  • 4mins, Color
  • Categories:
    ReligionRural LifeAfrican American CultureAnimals and Pets