Bright Leaves (2004)

Bright Leaves
Type Feature Film
MPAA Rating None
Runtime 1hr 45mins.
Genres Documentary
Keywords addiction, cancer, economy
Status Released
US Release Date
  
Name Credit Credited as Role Id Sort Order
Ross McElwee Screenplay n/a 120778 4000001
Ross McElwee Cinematographer n/a 402 6000001
Ross McElwee Editor n/a 172 7000001
Mark Meatto Editor n/a 172 7000002
Linda Morgenstern Associate Producer n/a 171 3000002
Ross McElwee Producer n/a 3 3000001
Vlada Petric Actor Himself 1 1000002
Patricia Neal Actor Herself 1 1000003
Ross McElwee Director n/a 2 2000001
Ross McElwee Actor Himself 1 1000001
Synopsis
North Carolina produces more tobacco than any other state in America. Here the filmmaker 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." 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.