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Thu, Sep 20, 2018

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Bisbee ’17

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Theatrical Premiere Engagement!

Filmmaker in Person Opening Night, Presented by The DocYard!

Thursday, September 20 – Wednesday, September 26

(2018) dir Robert Greene [112 min; DCP]
BISBEE ’17 is a nonfiction feature film by Sundance award winning director Robert Greene (Actress, Kate Plays Christine) set in Bisbee, Arizona, an eccentric old mining town just miles away from both Tombstone and the Mexican border.

Radically combining documentary and genre elements, the film follows several members of the close-knit community as they collaborate with the filmmakers to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the Bisbee Deportation, where 1200 immigrant miners were violently taken from their homes by a deputized force, shipped to the desert on cattle cars and left to die.

When the last copper mines closed in 1975, the once-booming Bisbee nearly became another Arizona ghost town, but was saved by the arrival of a generation of hippies, artists and eccentrics that give the place its strange vibe today. Bisbee is considered a tiny “blue” dot in the “red” sea of Republican Arizona, but divisions between the lefties in town and the old mining families remain. Bisbee was once known as a White Man’s Camp, and that racist past lingers in the air.

As we meet the townspeople, they begin to confront the violent past of the Deportation, a long-buried secret in the old company town. As the 100th anniversary of Bisbee’s darkest day approaches, locals dress as characters on both sides of the still-polarizing event, staging dramatic recreations of scenes from the escalating miner’s strike that lead to the Deportation. Spaces in town double as past and present; reenactors become ghosts in the haunted streets of the old copper camp. Enacted fantasies mingle with very real reckonings and it all builds towards a massive restaging of the Deportation itself on the exact day of its centennial anniversary.

The DocYard Presents filmmaker Robert Greene in Person on Thursday, September 20 at 7:00pm!

Visit TheDocYard.com for additional information.

Staff Pick: Alissa

“The sheer audacity and originality of the exercise makes it a must-see, regardless of what you might think of the success or failure of any particular choice.” – Matt Zoller Seitz, RogerEbert.com

“A fierce, lyrical probe into the soul of a town haunted by a history it would rather forget.” – Alissa Wilkinson, Vox

“Even though “Bisbee ’17” depicts a wholesome and harmonious community undertaking, it is a profoundly haunted and haunting film.” – A.O. Scott, New York Times

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Thursday 9/20
at 7:00* PM *Filmmaker in Person
Friday 9/21
at 4:30 7:00 PM
Saturday 9/22
at 2:00 4:30 7:00 PM
Sunday 9/23
at 2:00 7:00 PM
Monday 9/24
at 4:30 7:00 PM
Tuesday 9/25
at 8:30 PM
Wednesday 9/26
at 8:00 PM

 
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