|Release Date:||August 25, 2004|
|Running time:||107 minutes|
|Cast:||Ross McElwee, Charleen Swansea, Patricia Neal|
|Distributor:||First Run Features|
Web Site: http://www.brightleaves.com/
Description: 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.
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