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Interactive documentary exploring rural reinvention & transformation in a Southwestern Borderlands community.
Interactive documentary exploring life in a Southwestern Borderlands community.
Interactive documentary exploring life in a Southwestern Borderlands community.
54 backers pledged $25,500 to help bring this project to life.

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About The Project:

"Bisbee" is an interactive documentary and community participatory project that explores rural transformation and reinvention in a Southwestern Borderlands community. It combines short film portraits, videos and images created by local students, historical photographs and audio recordings, data visualizations, an app that utilizes location-specific vintage imagery, and soundscapes in a multiplatform experience. 

Bisbee is a former copper mining community located nine miles from the Mexican border in southeastern Arizona. The state's economic decline in 2009 was the second largest in the nation behind the state of Michigan. In 2013, Cochise County--of which Bisbee is the county seat--suffered the largest percentage of population loss of any county in the United States as people continued to move to more urban areas. 

Between the 2000 and 2010 US census reports, Bisbee’s population dropped by almost 10 percent to lead the county and the city’s workforce was reduced by more than 20 percent.

This project explores the stories of the individuals who chose to stay in Bisbee and are helping to shape the future of the town and the region.  Theirs are the stories of what small town America was, what it is, and what it is becoming.

"Bisbee" is very much a project for, and by, the community and provides the community and those living in the Southwestern Borderlands the opportunity to share their ideas about the viability of rural America's future and the ways in which they're addressing the challenges they face.

Project Outcome Goals:

A year after this project has launched we hope that:

  • "Bisbee" has engaged users on a global level and creatively addressed rural transformation and reinvention through diverse portraits of the town's residents, community-generated content, historical imagery, and data visualizations.
  • "Bisbee" continues to serve as a platform for local youth and members of the community to share their stories and content and serves as a platform towards developing connections with other rural communities.
  • "Bisbee" effectively communicates the cultural, historical, and social significance of the Southwestern Borderlands and provides an in-depth understanding of the region.

Fundraising Goals And Rewards:

Help us bring this interactive documentary to life! All donations are tax-deductible through our fiscal sponsor Documentary Educational Resources. The more money we raise, the more stories we can feature and the better we can communicate the essence of life in the Southwestern Borderlands and the creative transformation and reinvention of a rural community.

We have some AMAZING rewards for donors that you won't find on any other Kickstarter!!  Donors can snag signed books by acclaimed mystery author J.A. Jance, a painting by Bisbee artist Gretchen Baer, handmade Bisbee necklaces and bookmark tags, milagros, a night in the Tiki Bus at The Shady Dell, tickets to the Bisbee Mining & Historical Museum, and MUCH MORE!!

Handmade necklaces for donors!
Handmade necklaces for donors!
One lucky donor can snag a one-of-a-kind painting by renowned Bisbee artist Gretchen Baer!!
One lucky donor can snag a one-of-a-kind painting by renowned Bisbee artist Gretchen Baer!!
A night in the Tiki Bus at The Shady Dell!!
A night in the Tiki Bus at The Shady Dell!!
A sample of the colorful artwork of Bisbee's Robin Bray, whose notecards are one of the project reward offerings.
A sample of the colorful artwork of Bisbee's Robin Bray, whose notecards are one of the project reward offerings.
Bring your camera! Bring your dog! A personal hiking and photography tour in Bisbee and the Mule Mountains with project director Allison Otto (shown here hiking with her dog above Bisbee)..
Bring your camera! Bring your dog! A personal hiking and photography tour in Bisbee and the Mule Mountains with project director Allison Otto (shown here hiking with her dog above Bisbee)..

If you prefer not to make an online payment, you can also send a donation via check to Documentary Educational Resources with "Bisbee" in the memo.

First Tier Goal:

$25,000: With this amount of money we can pay for web design, editing, allow the programmer to start coding the interactive site, and begin to build a robust platform for the community to share their stories!

Second Tier Goal:

$30,000: With this amount of money we'd be able to cover web design, editing, complete the coding of the site, and begin to help cover the costs of sound design which is crucial to creating an immersive experience and sharing a rich story of the Southwestern Borderlands region.

Third Tier Goal:

$40,000-$50,000: This money will allow for all editing, programming and sound design to be completed, help to cover server costs, allow us to build the second phase of  our app that utilizes location-specific imagery, help us to build a network for rural communities to communicate on the web and share ideas for their future, and help to cover the costs of hosting interactive screenings of the project in rural communities.

Project Advisors, Collaborators, and Supporters:

Made possible with support from the Arizona Humanities Council!

In addition to project director Allison Otto, we have a top-notch team of project advisors and collaborators that includes:

Elaine McMillion Sheldon & Jeff Soyk: the project director and architect/designer (respectively) of the Peabody-winning interactive documentary "Hollow."

Paul Espinosa: Documentary filmmaker and Professor of Transborder Studies at Arizona State University.

Carrie Gustavson: Executive Director of the Bisbee Mining & Historical Museum.

Annie Graeme Larkin: Curator of the Bisbee Mining & Historical Museum and 4th generation Bisbee native.

Scott McElroy: Award-winning editor and motion graphics artist.

Mark Crawford: Composer/songwriter (check out a sample of his music in our Kickstarter video!)

Risks and challenges

The biggest challenge for "Bisbee" is financial. We have an amazing team of talented, creative collaborators, but without proper funding it will be challenging to complete the project and allow it to be a long-term platform for the community and the Southwestern Borderlands. This is why we are hosting a Kickstarter! Become a part of our community of supporters and help us share this interactive experience with a global audience!

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    A personal THANK YOU on our Twitter account.

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    A heartfelt THANK YOU on our Twitter account + a keepsake postcard from Bisbee!

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    A huge THANK YOU on our Twitter account and in the project credits + a postcard from Bisbee signed and sent from Bisbee by project director Allison Otto + your choice of a digital still from the film.

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    A beautiful miniature keepsake milagro + an invitation to participate in the BETA launch of Bisbee + a heartfelt THANK YOU on our Twitter account and in the project credits + a postcard from Bisbee signed and sent from Bisbee by project director Allison Otto + your choice of a digital still from the project.

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    A very cool keepsake flattened copper penny from Bisbee stamped with the image of a mule or an ore cart (your choice!) + your choice of a digital still from the project + A heartfelt THANK YOU on our Twitter account and in the project credits + a postcard from Bisbee signed and sent from Bisbee by project director Allison Otto + an invitation to participate in the BETA launch of Bisbee.

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    A keepsake Bisbee coloring book (perfect for the artist in your family!) + a heartfelt THANK YOU on our Twitter account and in the project credits + a postcard from Bisbee signed and sent from Bisbee by project director Allison Otto + your choice of a digital still from the project + an invitation to participate in the BETA launch of Bisbee.

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    A very unique copper-plated postcard from Bisbee (perfect for displaying!) + an invitation to participate in the BETA launch of Bisbee + a heartfelt THANK YOU on our Twitter account and in the project credits + your choice of a digital still from the project.

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    2 tickets to the amazing Bisbee Mining & Historical Museum + a heartfelt THANK YOU on our Twitter account and in the project credits + a postcard from Bisbee signed and sent from Bisbee by project director Allison Otto + 2 digital stills from the project + an invitation to participate in the BETA launch of Bisbee.

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    A keepsake Bisbee bookmark art tag handmade by project director Allison Otto (each one is unique, painted and adorned by hand, and takes several hours to make!) + a heartfelt THANK YOU on our Twitter account and in the project credits + a postcard from Bisbee signed and sent from Bisbee by project director Allison Otto + 2 digital stills from the project + an invitation to participate in the BETA launch of Bisbee.

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    A signed copy of "Desert Heat," the first novel in the acclaimed fictional mystery series set in Bisbee and starring Joanna Brady, the sheriff of Cochise County. Author JA Jance, who grew up in Bisbee and retains ties to the community, signed seven copies of "Desert Heat" for our Kickstarter campaign! Thank you, JA Jance!! The Joanna Brady series is a favorite of project director Allison Otto and now's your chance to fall in love with the series too! In addition, donors at this level will receive a keepsake Bisbee bookmark art tag handmade by project director Allison Otto + a heartfelt THANK YOU on our Twitter account and in the project credits + 2 digital stills from the project + an invitation to participate in the BETA launch of Bisbee.

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    A signed copy of "Tombstone Courage," the second novel in the acclaimed fictional mystery series set in Bisbee and starring Joanna Brady, the sheriff of Cochise County. Author JA Jance grew up in Bisbee and if you love stories of the Southwest, you'll love this series! In addition donors at this level will receive a keepsake Bisbee bookmark art tag handmade by project director Allison Otto + a heartfelt THANK YOU on our Twitter account and in the project credits + 2 digital stills from the project + an invitation to participate in the BETA launch of Bisbee.

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    A set of beautiful notecards handmade by Bisbee artist Robin Bray. Robin's art often depicts life in and around Bisbee. These are definitely collector's items and are great to display either as art or send to friends. In addition donors at this level will receive a postcard from Bisbee + a heartfelt THANK YOU on our Twitter account and in the project credits + 2 digital stills from the project + an invitation to participate in the BETA launch of Bisbee.

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    A gorgeous copper bracelet designed by Bisbee artist Jill Crozier + a postcard from Bisbee + a heartfelt THANK YOU on our Twitter account and in the project credits + 2 digital stills from the project + an invitation to participate in the BETA launch of Bisbee.

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    A signed copy of "Bisbee," a Postcard History Series book by Bisbee native and project community advisor Annie Graeme Larkin. This fascinating picture book traces Bisbee's history through the many eclectic postcards depicting life in the town over the years. In addition donors at this level will receive a heartfelt THANK YOU on our Twitter account and in the project credits + a postcard from Bisbee signed and sent from Bisbee by project director Allison Otto + 2 digital stills from the project + an invitation to participate in the BETA launch of Bisbee.

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    One lucky donor will receive a beautiful leather and copper bracelet designed by Bisbee artist Jill Crozier + a heartfelt THANK YOU on our Twitter account and in the project credits + a postcard from Bisbee signed and sent from Bisbee by project director Allison Otto + your choice of 2 digital stills from the project + an invitation to participate in the BETA launch of Bisbee.

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    Own a one-of-a-kind Bisbee charm necklace handmade by project director Allison Otto and artist Julie Haymaker Thompson. Allison Otto owns one of these necklaces and receives tons of compliments on it! Each necklace pays tribute to Bisbee and the Southwest and comes in a keepsake jewelry bag. The necklaces are absolutely gorgeous! Donors at this level also receive a heartfelt THANK YOU on our Twitter account and in the project credits + a postcard from Bisbee signed and sent from Bisbee by project director Allison Otto + your choice of 2 digital stills from the project + an invitation to participate in the BETA launch of Bisbee.

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    It's Tiki Time!!! Spend a night in the Tiki Bus at Bisbee's famous Shady Dell Vintage Trailer Park! Take a trip back in time in this completely refurbished 1947 Airporter bus transformed into a “Polynesian Palace." The Tiki Bus sleeps three and comes complete with a hand carved outrigger bar perfect for making Mai Tais and a deck for enjoying a warm desert night. Fall asleep to the swinging sounds of Big Band playing on the bus' vintage radio. This lucky donor will also get to sport their Bisbee pride with a Shady Dell t-shirt + receive a heartfelt THANK YOU on our Twitter account and in the project credits + a postcard from Bisbee signed and sent from Bisbee by project director Allison Otto + your choice of 2 digital stills from the project + an invitation to participate in the BETA launch of Bisbee.

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    A painting of Bisbee by acclaimed Bisbee artist Gretchen Baer. Gretchen customarily spends several months working on a painting like this. It is a true collector's item and it is so beautiful!! The lucky recipient of this painting will also receive a heartfelt THANK YOU on our Twitter account and in the project credits + a postcard from Bisbee signed and sent from Bisbee by project director Allison Otto + your choice of 2 digital stills from the project + advance access to the website (still in development).

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    Congratulations! You've just funded an interactive screening at the town center of your choice + an invite to the Bisbee launch party (date/location TBD) + advance access to the website (still in development) + a heartfelt THANK YOU on our Twitter account and in the project credits + your choice of 2 digital stills from the project.

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    Learn all the great stories of Bisbee on a personal walking tour of the town led by project director Allison Otto. Bring your camera and she'll show you all the fantastic places to take pictures! Or if you prefer to hike in the hills, Allison will take you hiking either in the Mule Mountains or the Huachucas. Afterwards she'll treat you to a meal at your choice of Bisbee's restaurants. Donors at this level will also receive an invite to the Bisbee launch party (date/location TBD) + advance access to the website (still in development) + a heartfelt THANK YOU on our Twitter account and in the project credits + your choice of 4 digital stills from the project.

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    An hour-long documentary photo session of your loved ones (pets welcome!!) or your favorite place (within 200 miles of either Denver CO or Bisbee, AZ) by project director Allison Otto. You'll receive 5 high-resolution prints (8x10 or smaller), plus digital stills of the best shots. You'll also receive an invite to the Bisbee launch party (date/location TBD) + advance access to the website (still in development) + a heartfelt THANK YOU on our Twitter account and in the project credits + your choice of 4 digital stills from the project.

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    You'll receive a unique art journal handmade by project director Allison Otto. These one-of-a-kind journals are perfect for filling with photographs or memorabilia from your travels. The journals are filled with handmade sleeves to hold mementos and contain vintage papers for your drawings and thoughts. They take several weeks to make and are each different. Donors at this level are also official sponsors of the Bisbee Interactive Documentary + receive an all access pass to events in Arizona or their area + an invitation to rough cut screenings + a heartfelt THANK YOU on our Twitter account + your choice of 4 digital stills from the project.

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