Through The Lens: Bisbee 17

Jan 15, 2019

Tuesday, we continue our Through the Lens series with director Robert Greene's compelling and original documentary Bisbee 17. It's about the former mining town of Bisbee, Arizona, and the century-old event that haunts it to this day.

In July 1917, striking miners in Bisbee, Arizona, were rounded up, loaded into cattle cars, and left in the desert to die. Known as the Bisbee Deportation, it split the community along political, class, and racial lines. It’s a traumatic story that rattled filmmaker Robert Greene, who created a unique documentary called Bisbee 17 that explores the town and its ghosts. Tuesday, we’re rebroadcasting our conversation with Greene about Bisbee’s past and what it can teach us today.

Robert Greene is a filmmaker and writer. His feature documentary Kate Plays Christine earned him a special jury prize at the 2016 Sundance Film Festival. We spoke with him about Bisbee 17 when it premiered at the 2018 Sundance Film Festival.

On Tuesday, January 22, we’re screening Bisbee 17 at 7 p.m. at the Rose Wagner Performing Arts Center in downtown Salt Lake City. It’s part of our Through the Lens series, our partnership with the Utah Film Center. Robert Greene and producer Bennett Elliott will be there for a post-film Q&A with Doug Fabrizio. DETAILS