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Bidder 70 (2013)

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Average Rating: 5.2/10
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In 2008, as George W. Bush tried to gift the energy and mining industries thousands of acres of pristine Utah wilderness via a widely disputed federal auction, college student Tim DeChristopher decided to monkey-wrench the process. Bidding $1.7 million, he won 22,000 acres with no intention to drill. For this astonishing (and successful) act of civil disobedience he was sent to federal prison. Beth and George Gage's new documentary BIDDER 70 tells the story of this peaceful warrior whose

Jul 15, 2013

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Though viewers may already be aware of how DeChristopher's 2011 trial ended, the film maintains a gripping air of tension and mystery leading up to the verdict (he was sentenced to two years in federal prison for fraud but released after 21 months).

June 27, 2013 Full Review Source: Los Angeles Times
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As dully earnest, disorganized and self-righteous as an editorial in a student newspaper ...

May 17, 2013 Full Review Source: New York Post
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"Bidder 70," for all its clumsiness, nails the way that a spontaneous act of courage can focus the mind and clarify an ideology.

May 16, 2013 Full Review Source: New York Times
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Seems designed primarily for teach-ins and rallies.

May 16, 2013 Full Review Source: NPR
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DeChristopher's ability to move with intellectual seriousness and a light heart between festivals and courtrooms complicates the popular idea of The Man and what his brand of power can achieve.

May 14, 2013 Full Review Source: Village Voice
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Gripping documentary about a young man who risked a stiff prison sentence for doing something to stop global warming, a crisis that could lead to the deaths of 100 million people.

May 18, 2013 Full Review Source: rec.arts.movies.reviews
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Bidder 70 is modest but revitalizing.

May 17, 2013 Full Review Source: Film Journal International
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A powerful, empathetic portrait of a selfless, planetary patriot willing to sacrifice his liberty for the sake of Mother Earth's long-term prospects.

May 12, 2013 Full Review Source: AALBC.com
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Without being didactic, the documentary demonstrates how an ordinary concerned citizen can take a stand when politicians neglect to make decisions for the good of the people and instead serve the interests of big business.

May 12, 2013 Full Review Source: Slant Magazine
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