IndiePix, Celebrating Independent Film

Ross McElwee

Ross McElwee grew up in North Carolina. He graduated from Brown University and later from Massachusetts Institute of Technology where he received MS in filmmaking in a program headed by documentarian Richard Leacock. His career began in his hometown of Charlotte, North Carolina where he was a studio cameraman for local evening news, housewife helper shows, and "gospel hour" programs broadcast by the local television station. Later, he worked freelance shooting films for documentarians D.A. Pennebaker and then John Marshall, in Namibia. McElwee started producing and directing documentaries in 1976. Ross McElwee has made seven feature-length documentaries as well as several shorter films. Most of his films were shot in his homeland of the American South, among them the critically acclaimed SHERMAN’S MARCH, TIME INDEFINITE, SIX O’CLOCK NEWS and BRIGHT LEAVES. McElwee has received fellowships and grants from the Guggenheim Foundation, the Rockefeller Foundation, the American Film Institute, and the Massachusetts Arts Council. He has twice been awarded fellowships in filmmaking by the National Endowment for the Arts. In 2000, SHERMAN’S MARCH was selected for a Cinéma du Réel retrospective at the Centre Pompidou in Paris, and four of his films were featured in a selection of western documentaries shown for the first time in Tehran, Iran. SHERMAN’S MARCH was also chosen for preservation by the Library of Congress National Film Registry in 2000 as an "historically significant American motion picture." Ross McElwee has been teaching filmmaking at Harvard University since 1986 where he is a professor in the Department of Visual and Environmental Studies.

Cover art

Bright Leaves

$12.95 | minutes

(2004) - Director, Director of Photography, Producer

Ross McElwee directs this autobiographical documentary about his family's roots in the tobacco business in North Carolina. Taking a sabbatical from his home in Boston, he offers a culturally interesting history of the South as viewed through&hellip…

buy nowmore info
Cover art

Sherman's March

$21.95 | 155 minutes

(1986) - Director

When the documentarian is dumped by his girlfriend, Ross McElwee decides to retrace General Sherman's Civil War march on Atlanta, hilariously exploring romance and the mystique of Southern women along the way. Winner of the Grand Jury Prize&hellip…

buy nowmore info
Cover art

Sherman's March

$21.95 | 155 minutes

(1986) - Director

When the documentarian is dumped by his girlfriend, Ross McElwee decides to retrace General Sherman's Civil War march on Atlanta, hilariously exploring romance and the mystique of Southern women along the way. Winner of the Grand Jury Prize&hellip…

buy nowmore info
Cover art

The Ross McElwee Collection

$53.95 | 578 minutes

(2000) - Director

This collection of films from the infamous documentarian Ross McElwee offers a great overview of his work. SHERMAN'S MARCH: When Ross McElwee is dumped by his girlfriend, the documentarian decides to retrace General Sherman's Civil War&hellip…

buy nowmore info