Hank enjoys the quiet life. As a night custodian his evenings are sequestered in a methodical work routine. With the arrival of a mysterious elderly norwegian woman, the patterns of his life begin to unravel. Heartwarming, heartbreaking and funny, Welcoming Departure is a jazz inspired portrait exploring the challenges of change.
"Portland filmmaker Scott Ballard is a noted cinematographer (HOW THE FIRE FELL) and director of award-winning short films. For his first feature, Ballard wrote this quiet story of Hank, the night custodian at a public library whose evenings are sequestered in a methodical work routine. When a mysterious inheritance appears, the patterns of his life begin to unravel. WELCOMING DEPARTURE is a jazz-inspired portrait exploring the challenges of change." - Portland Art Museum NW Film Center