"For the past twenty-five years, Ross McElwee has given new meaning and flair
to first-person non-fiction cinema. Always wise and irreverent, ever the unreliable
narrator, McElwee makes the grandest themes of human comedy his artistic province:
love and death, chance and fate, memory and denial, the marvelous and the appalling."
(from The Museum of Modern Art)
"Accept no imitations: A film by Ross McElwee could be made by no other.
Since his hilarious autobiographical breakthrough, Sherman's March, the profound
artist-philosopher has been using his own life as a springboard to examine humankind's
biggest issues, and tiniest. McElwee makes movies the way life might, ideally,
be lived." (from Entertainment Weekly)
This new collection includes six of McElwee's best films, four of which have
never been available on DVD.
59 minutes, color, 1978
One month in the life of Charleen Swansea, North Carolina poet, mother, beloved
teacher, eccentric, romantic, and complex star of McElwee's Sherman's March.
"Charleen is an irresistible force caught beautifully on the run."-
New York Times
40 minutes, color, 1984
The result of McElwee turning his camera on his family and their neighbors,
the film is a humorous and poignant look at odd moments in a genteel Southern
"Backyard is equal parts Samuel Beckett, Jean-Luc Godard and Werner Herzog."
- Boston Globe
155 minutes, color, 1986
Chosen by the Library of Congress as a "historically significant American
motion picture," Sherman's March, one of the first high grossing documentaries
ever, is “an autobiographic quest for true romance: filmmaker Ross McElwee,
camera in hand and eros on his mind after an old girlfriend deserts him, trains
his lens with phallic resolve on every accessible women he meets along the original
route of General Sherman's Civil War March." (Pat Graham, Chicago Reader's
"A wonderfully goofy movie! "- Vincent Canby, The New
117 minutes, color, 1993
McElwee, Charleen Swansea, and several other memorable characters you met in
Sherman's March invite you to pick up their story in Time Indefinite, McElwee's
hilariously profound sequel to his much-beloved, critically acclaimed hit.
"The best film of the year! Glorious! A sequel that eclipses his cult hit
Sherman's March. Profoundly stirring, bittersweet and uplifting!" - Washington
Six O'Clock News
103 minutes, color, 1997
Made after McElwee becomes a father and finds himself at home watching a lot
more TV, he becomes obsessed with the nightly tales of calamity reported on
by the local news.
"Another disarming, quirky cinematic journal from Ross McElwee." -New
105 minutes, color, 2004
McElwee family legend has it that the Hollywood melodrama Bright Leaf starring
Gary Cooper as a 19th century tobacco grower, is based on McElwee's great-grandfather
who created the famous "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.
"Brilliantly amusing. . . just sings along!- Washington Post