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Documentary Night: BISBEE '17

DIRECTED BY: Robert Greene



Co-presented by Building One Community

Post-film Q&A with director Robert Greene and producers Douglas Tirola and Susan Bedusa


BISBEE ’17 is a nonfiction feature film by award-winning filmmaker Robert Greene set in Bisbee, Arizona, an eccentric old mining town just miles away from both Tombstone and the Mexican border. Radically combining collaborative documentary, western and musical elements, the film follows several members of the close-knit community as they attempt to reckon with their town’s darkest hour. In 1917, nearly two-thousand immigrant miners, on strike for better wages and safer working conditions, were violently rounded up by their armed neighbors, herded onto cattle cars, shipped to the middle of the New Mexican desert and left there to die. This long-buried and largely forgotten event came to be known as the Bisbee Deportation. The film documents locals as they play characters and stage dramatic scenes from the controversial story, culminating in a largescale recreation of the deportation itself on the exact day of its 100th anniversary. These dramatized scenes are based on subjective versions of the story and offer conflicting views of the event, underscoring the difficulty of collective memory, while confronting the current political predicaments of immigration, unionization, environmental damage and corporate corruption with direct, haunting messages about solidarity and struggle.


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Director Robert Greene is a filmmaker and writer. His most recent film, KATE PLAYS CHRISTINE (2016) won a Jury Award for Writing at the 2016 Sundance Film Festival. Robert’s previous documentaries include the Gotham Awards nominated ACTRESS (2014), FAKE IT SO REAL (2011) and the Gotham Awards nominated KATI WITH AN I (2010). Robert was among four filmmakers chosen as an inaugural Sundance Art of Nonfiction fellow in 2015. He’s a two-time nominee for Best Director at the Cinema Eye Honors. Robert has edited over a dozen features, including GOLDEN EXITS (2017), QUEEN OF EARTH (2015) and LISTEN UP PHILIP (2014) by Alex Ross Perry, Amanda Rose Wilder’s award winning APPROACHING THE ELEPHANT (2014), Charles Poekel’s Spirit Awards nominated CHRISTMAS, AGAIN (2015) and Douglas Tirola’s HEY BARTENDER. Robert writes about documentary for outlets such as Sight & Sound and serves as the Filmmaker-in-Chief for the Murray Center for Documentary Journalism at the University of Missouri.

Producer Douglas Tirola has produced eleven documentary films that have premiered at the world's most important film festivals including Sundance, Berlin, TriBeCa, Hotdocs and SXSW before going on to be theatrically released. He has produced all of Robert Greene's films including the Sundance award-winning KATE PLAYS CHRISTINE. He is also the producer of the award winning MAKING THE BOYS. As a director his films include BREWMASTER (SXSW 2018), DRUNK STONED BRILLIANT DEAD - The Story of the National Lampoon which premiered at Sundance and was released by Magnolia Pictures, the James Beard nominated HEY BARTENDER which premiered on Netflix, ALL IN: THE POKER MOVIE which premiered on Showtime and his first documentary AN OMAR BROADWAY (HBO Documentary Films) which premiered at the Tribeca Film Festival (Robert Greene was the editor and one of the producers of this film). Douglas has worked as a screenwriter for studios including Paramount, Fox and Sony. He began his career working in film production in New York City on films by directors Woody Allen, Robert Benton, Mike Nichols and Steve Zaillian. His first job was as a production assistant on WHEN HARRY MET SALLY.

Producer Susan Bedusa’s most recent films include the 2018 Sundance competition film BISBEE ’17, 2016 Sundance Award-Winner KATE PLAYS CHRISTINE, and A&E Indiefilm’s DRUNK STONED BRILLIANT DEAD: THE STORY OF THE NATIONAL LAMPOON, which premiered at the 2015 Sundance Film Festival and was acquired by Magnolia Pictures, Showtime Networks and Netflix. Her 14 feature docs have all premiered at top festivals including Sundance, Berlin, Tribeca, Hot Docs, Edinburgh and SXSW. Her work has played in theaters nationwide and has been acquired by premiere networks including HBO, Showtime, History Channel, MTV and Netflix. Susan is Senior Vice President of Production & Development at 4th Row Films where she produces films from development thru distribution. Her other credits include HEY BARTENDER (Showtime, Netflix), KATI WITH AN I (Gotham Award Nominee, Icarus Films), MAKING THE BOYS (First Run Features) and AN OMAR BROADWAY FILM (HBO). Susan began her career working for producers Amy Robinson and Bob Balaban before becoming Director of Development for Fine Line Founder, Ira Deutchman.




RUNNING TIME: 89 minutes






Carte Blanche: FREE
Nonmembers - $13
Members - $8
Students/Seniors (Mon - Thu) - $10




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