Director: Ross McElwee

Institute History

  • 1995 Sundance Film Festival


Four years before Sherman’s March, Ross McElwee made Backyard, his first documentary about his family. Returning from M.I.T.’s new film school to his hometown Charlotte, North Caroline, where his brother is leaving for medical school the next day, McElwee tellingly observes the well-to-do southern milieu with equal parts affection, an eye for finding the sociopolitical point, and a sense of the absurd.

— Robert Hawk

Screening Details

  • Section: Personal Documentary: Past, Present, Future
  • Film Type: Documentary Short
  • Country: U.S.A.
  • Run Time: 40 min.


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