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McElwee talks about some of the themes that run through Bright Leaves and how the film is really about legacy and inheritance in a family and what home really means.


Bright Leaves is filmmaker Ross McElwee's autobiographical journey across the North Carolina's social, economic and psychological tobacco terrain.

  • Updated on April 24, 2014

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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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