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American Tobacco Documentary


Monday, January 12, 2015 from 6:00 PM to 7:30 PM (EST)

American Tobacco Documentary

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Come see the new documentary about the Durham Renaissance that is causing a buzz in the Triangle - produced by Cary Citizen's own Hal Goodtree!

You're are invited to a private screening and Q&A with the filmmaker at The Cary Theater on Chatham Street. Wine and cheese to follow.



Because No One Else Would



Because No One Else Would challenges our notion of what it means to revitalize a community. Starting with the largest surrender of the Civil War, Durham rose to become a 19th century industrial powerhouse with worldwide tobacco brands including Bull Durham and Lucky Strike.

But when the tobacco factory closed in 1987, it took all the jobs, banks and businesses. “Durham was like a ghost town,” says Mayor Bill Bell. The old tobacco factory was used for police training.

In 2004, Capitol Broadcasting Co., Inc. bought the old American Tobacco factory campus and ignited the Durham Renaissance.

It’s the story of vision and risk, partnerships and perseverance to rebuild a community.


See the trailer at


Production still 



  • Adam Klein
  • Bill Bell
  • Bill Kalkhof
  • Brad Brinegar
  • Connie Walker
  • Jim Goodmon
  • Jim Wise
  • John Guss
  • John Morris
  • Michael Goodmon
  • Mike Hill
  • Scott Selig
  • Walker Stone
  • Wendy Hillis, AIA


  • Written & Produced by: Hal Goodtree
  • Directed by: Tim Finkbiner & Dan Oliver
  • Cinematography: Jason Fischer & Joe Anthony
  • Sound: Ben Parks
  • Helicam: Wayne & Richard Mann


  • Professor Trudi Abel, PhD - Duke University
  • Professor Emeritas Robert Durden - Duke University


  • City of Durham
  • Durham Police Department
  • McKinney
  • American Underground
  • Full Frame Theater
  • Duke Center for Documentary Studies
  • Preservation Durham
  • Bennett Place State Historic Site
  • WRAL
  • WUNC
  • American Tobacco Campus
  • Valerie Ward
  • Richard Polley
  • Stephen Hill


A co-production of Horizon Video Productions and Goodtree & Co., Inc.

©2014 Capitol Broadcasting Co., Inc. All rights reserved.

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