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Bright Leaves

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PBS Premiere: August 23, 2005


What legacy is passed down to generations when a family is a giant tobacco producer? Filmmaker Ross McElwee (Sherman's March, Time Indefinite — P.O.V. 1994), whose great-grandfather created the famous Bull Durham brand in his native North Carolina, takes viewers on an autobiographical journey across that state's social, economic and psychological tobacco terrain. Wise and wry, this meditation on the allure of cigarettes looks at loss and preservation, addiction and denial. Bright Leaves also examines filmmaking itself, as McElwee grapples with home movies, a vintage Hollywood melodrama and his own efforts to document North Carolina and his family.

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Bright Leaves

Premiere Date: August 23, 2005

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Filmmaker: Ross McElwee Bio | Interview

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Ross McElwee
Ross McElwee

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Critical Acclaim

A reflective, wise, often hilarious movie... Bright Leaves leaves you feeling invigorated by the boundless curiosity, humor and high spirits of its creator.”

— Stephen Holden
The New York Times

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