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 large scale 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.
Robert Greene – Director/Editor
Robert Greene’s latest film BISBEE ’17 premiered at the 2018 Sundance Film Festival. His previous, KATE PLAYS CHRISTINE, won a Jury Award for Writing at Sundance 2016. Robert’s 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 an inaugural Sundance Art of Nonfiction fellow in 2015 and has been twice nominated for Best Director at the Cinema Eye Honors. His first documentary, OWNING THE WEATHER (2009), screened at the COP15 in Copenhagen. Robert has edited many films, 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 (2013). Robert writes for Sight & Sound and is the Filmmaker-in-Chief for the Murray Center for Documentary Journalism at the University of Missouri.
Douglas Tirola – Producer
Douglas Tirola is an award-winning producer. He has produced 11 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 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. Most recently, his documentary DRUNK STONED BRILLIANT DEAD was optioned by AETV Studios to be adapted into a scripted TV series, Douglas will serve as Executive Producer. 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 PA on "When Harry Met Sally".
Susan Bedusa – Producer
Susan Bedusa is a documentary film producer and Senior Vice President of Production & Development at 4th Row Films where she works with filmmakers from development thru distribution. Her 11 feature docs have all premiered at the world’s most prestigious festivals including Sundance, Tribeca, Berlin, Edinburgh and SXSW. Her work has played in theaters nationwide and has been acquired by premiere networks including HBO, Showtime, A&E, MTV and Netflix. Susan’s most recent films include last year’s Sundance winner KATE PLAYS CHRISTINE, and A&E Indiefilm’s DRUNK STONED BRILLIANT DEAD: THE STORY OF THE NATIONAL LAMPOON, which premiered at Sundance and was acquired by Magnolia Pictures, Showtime Networks, and Netflix.
Bennett Elliott – Producer
Bennett Elliott is an Emmy award-winning producer based in New York. She is a 2017 Sundance Institute Creative Producing Fellow. Bennett is the co-producer of Robert Greene’s award-winning Sundance documentary KATE PLAYS CHRISTINE (2016), which has screened at many festivals, including the Berlin International Film Festival, the True/False Film Fest and BAMcinemaFest. Bennett has coordinated television series for Sundance Channel, MTV, Bravo, and the Food Network. Bennett was Head of Production at Mustache, a Brooklyn-based creative agency, and is the co-founder and Producer with the production collective House of Nod.
Jarred Alterman – Director of Photography
Jarred Alterman is a documentary filmmaker and DP, who recently won an award for Best Cinematography at the 2016 Tribeca Film Festival for CONTEMPORARY COLOR, a multi camera David Byrne concert/doc film directed by the Ross Bros. He has worked with everyone from iconic dance and video artist Charles Atlas to Oscar winner Laura Poitras. His documentary CONVENTO (2012) premiered at SXSW and has played all over the world and won a special jury prize at IFFBoston.