Bidder 70 (2013)
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Critic Reviews for Bidder 70
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).
As dully earnest, disorganized and self-righteous as an editorial in a student newspaper ...
"Bidder 70," for all its clumsiness, nails the way that a spontaneous act of courage can focus the mind and clarify an ideology.
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.
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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