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This acclaimed, long-running documentary series is a showcase for independent films on a wide variety of subjects, from the heartwarming (`Sweet Old Song,' about a 91-year-old musician) to the whimsical (`The Sweetest Sound,' a study of names) to the contr (more…)

Premiered: July 5, 1988

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Season 18, Episode 9 Bright Leaves

First Aired: August 23, 2005

In “Bright Leaves,” filmmaker Ross McElwee muses on North Carolinians' “complicated relationships with tobacco.” McElwee (“Sherman's March”) visits tobacco farmers and cancer patients, and explores his own family's tie to tobacco: his great-grandfather, an industry pioneer who lost a power struggle that ruined him. As it happens, the 1950 Gary Cooper-Patricia Neal movie “Bright Leaf” tells a very similar story, and to McElwee at least, it's “a surreal home movie.”