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Summary: North Carolina produces more tobacco than any other state in America. Bright Leaves describes a journey taken across the social, economic, and psychological tobacco terrain of North Carolina by a native Carolinian, Ross McElwee, whose great-grandfather created the famous brand of tobacco known as Bull Durham. The comedic chronicle is a subjective, autobiographical meditation on the allure of cigarettes and their troubling legacy for the state of North Carolina. It's also a film about family history, addiction, denial, and filmmaking--as McElwee, noted director of Sherman's March, grapples with the legacy of an obscure Hollywood melodrama that is purportedly based on this curious man that was his great-grandfather.
Runtime: 107 min
Production: Channel 4 Television Corporation
Genre: Documentary
Countries: USA, UK
Language: English
Home Release Date: Jun 21, 2005
Director Credit
Ross McElwee Director
Writer Credit
Ross McElwee Writer
Cast Credit
Adrian McElwee Himself
Allan Gurganus Himself
Charleen Swansea Herself
Emily Madison Herself
Marilyn Levine Herself
Patricia Neal Herself
Paula Larke Herself
Ross McElwee Himself
Tom McElwee Himself
Vlada Petric Himself
Producer Credit
Linda Morgenstern Associate Producer
Ross McElwee Producer Movie title data, credits, and poster art provided by: