The union man

10 minutes

A janitor with dashed dreams of athletic stardom finds dignity in his work

Earl Thompson was a football player with great prospects in college until a fluke injury ended his dreams of a career as a pro athlete. Now working the night shift as a janitor at a Texas university, he tempers the disappointment and feelings of humiliation with a quiet but steadfast resolve to do good with his life. Focused on achieving new goals, Thompson brings dignity to the drudgery of his job, striking notes of occasional grace as he does work so often taken for granted.

Director: Bobby Lewis

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ORIGINAL
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12 minutes