Photographic Memory

Distressed over his teenaged son’s addiction to the Internet and fearful that the developing boy has grown detached from the real world, documentary filmmaker Ross McElwee takes a journey back into his own adolescence by returning to St. Quay-Portrieux in Brittany, France, which he visited as a teen, and attempting to track down the photographer who gave him his first job, and the girl who once stole his heart.

Bright Leaves

McElwee family legend has it that the Hollywood melodrama “Bright Leaf” starring Gary Cooper as a 19th century tobacco grower, is based on filmmaker Ross McElwee’s great-grandfather, who created the Bull Durham brand. Using this legacy as a jumping off point, McElwee reaches back to his roots in this wry, witty rumination on American history, the tobacco business, and the myth of cinema.