Bright Leaves

Film/Video

A North Carolina tobacco farmer, as seen in Bright Leaves, a First Run Features Release

Bright Leaves

Ross McElwee, 2003

Contemporary Screen

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Fri, Dec 10, 2004 7 PM
Sat, Dec 11, 2004 7 PM

"A reflective, wise, often hilarious movie"—New York Times—about tobacco.
An engaging new personal documentary, Bright Leaves describes Ross McElwee's journey across the social, economic, and psychological terrain of tobacco country. The filmmaker, also known for Sherman's March, concentrates on North Carolina, where his own great-grandfather had created the brand of tobacco known as "Bull Durham." The film presents an autobiographical commentary on the allure of cigarettes and their troubling legacy for that state, as well as on the notion of legacy itself: what one generation passes down to the next. (107 mins.)

support credits

Season support provided by the Rohauer Collection Foundation and the Corporate Annual Fund of the Wexner Center Foundation.

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