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Bidder 70 (2013)



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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 patriotism and willingness to sacrifice have ignited the climate justice movement. (c) First Run Feautures
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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).

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

Full Review… | May 17, 2013
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
New York Times
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Seems designed primarily for teach-ins and rallies.

Full Review… | May 16, 2013
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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.

Full Review… | May 14, 2013
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.

Full Review… | May 18, 2013

Audience Reviews for Bidder 70


Environmental activist Tim DeChristopher served 21 months in prison for protesting gas and oil leases on and near pristine Utah public land by bidding on the leases himself (p.s. he didn't have any $$$$). DeChristopher served 16 more months than did the then-billionaire, omni-media goddess, Martha Stewart, for chump change, embarrassingly nominal, yet profoundly greedy, insider trading and securities fraud -- and 21 months more than Jamie Dimon CEO and Chairman of Too Big Too Fail JP Morgan Chase, and Lloyd Blankenfein, CEO and Chairman of Too Big Too Prosecute Goldman Sachs, WILL EVER SERVE (if ever charges are brought against the golden gods of Wall Street by the U.S. Department of Justice *Denied* (USDOJD). A lesson in courage.

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