Short Film: ‘The Clerk Retires’ by Jerry Griffin

In Alabama, United States, a man retires after many years in the role of Public Servant. He is a genuinely likable man and this film adds some artistic flourishes to what could have been a mere formal retirement ceremony in a beautifully restored Southern Courthouse…with some other genuinely likable Southern people. “We’re like the Complaint Department (for the public),” he told his employees after thanking them. Toward the end of his career Hon. Ted Hooks suffered a heart attack reportedly centered around the decimation of his staff. Many people’s  lives were affected from impersonally artistic flourishes higher up in the profession. May the ink for his favorite stamp always remain inky. – GM Griffin

Introduction to Calhoun County Courthouse

an Essay with music from “2001: A Space Oddysey”

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