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Bright Leaves

Fortnight 2003, Feature film, 1H07mn


North Carolina produces more tobacco than any other state in America. This film describes a journey across the social, economic, and psychological tobacco terrain of North Carolina with a native Carolinian whose great-grandfather created the famous brand of tobacco known as « Bull Durham. » Bright Leaves is a subjective, autobiographical meditation on the allure of cigarettes and their troubling legacy for the state of North Carolina. It’s about loss and preservation, addiction and denial.


Ross McElwee

McElwee’s films have been acclaimed internationally since « Sherman’s March », his 1986 autobiographical meditation on « love and nuclear preparedness, » winner of the Sundance Festival’s Grand Prize for Documentary. In his subsequent films he has continued to chronicle his own life in what The New York Times described as « brilliant, startlingly intimate documentaries. » He has been awarded Guggenheim and Rockefeller Fellowships and teaches film at Harvard University.

Ross McElwee

Ross McElwee

Ross McElwee

Ross McElwee

Production : Ross McElwee, Homemade Movies, 16 Coolidge Street, Brookline, Ma 02336-2402 (Etats-Unis), Tél : +1 617 496 6606 Fax : +1 617 495 8197 Presse (FR) : Hélène Sitbon 120 Champs Elysées 75008 Paris France Bureau : + 33 (0)1 45 61 24 20 Fax : +33 (0)1 56 59 66 67