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Bright Leaves

When: Sun., April 11, 7 p.m. 2010

Inspired by the 1950 film Bright Leaf, which was roughly based on the rivalry between his great-grandfather and Duke University founder Washington Duke, American documentary filmmaker and North Carolina native Ross McElwee set out in 2003 to explore North Carolina's tobacco industry. He traces the cultivation of the bright leaf tobacco in North Carolina from the Civil War all the way to when his great-grandfather, who was a tobacco baron, invented the formula for Bull Durham tobacco but then ultimately lost his fortune and ended in bankruptcy. McElwee, who was honored at in 2007 at the Full Frame Documentary Film Festival with a Career Award, manages to humorously explore America's largest tobacco-producing state while subjectively exploring his family's history. The film screening is at 7 p.m. Admission is by season ticket only, which is $20 for 12 film —Belem Destefani

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