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School Bd/College/University DVD: $395


Grade Level: SrH-Adult
Producer: Bullfrog Films
Closed Captioned: No
Running Time: 72 mins
Country of Origin: United States
Study Guide: No

Copyright Date: 2013
Available in French: No

Tells the story of Tim DeChristopher's extraordinary, ingenious and effective act of civil disobedience drawing attention to the need for action on climate change.
BIDDER 70 is Tim DeChristopher, the student who monkey-wrenched the 2008 fraudulent Bureau of Land Management Oil and Gas Lease Auction. Bidding $1.8 million to save 22,000 acres of pristine Utah wilderness surrounding Arches and Canyonlands National Parks, with no intention to pay or drill, Tim brought the BLM auction to an abrupt halt. A month later, Barack Obama became president and on February 4, 2009, new Interior Secretary, Ken Salazar, invalidated the entire BLM Auction.
Nevertheless, DeChristopher was indicted on two federal felonies facing penalties of up to ten years in prison and $750,000 in fines. During the two years awaiting his trial, DeChristopher stepped up his activism, evolved into a climate justice leader, and waited through nine trial postponements until, on February 28, 2011 his trial began. BIDDER 70 is Tim's journey from economics student to incarcerated felon.
Amonst those featured are Bill McKibben, James Hansen, Robert Redford, John Schuchardt, David Harris, Larry Gibson, Terry Tempest Williams, and members of Salt Lake City's Peaceful Uprising.

DVD Features
SDH captions for the deaf and hard-of-hearing and scene selection.
"It's easy to feel helpless in the face of corporate power and the growing environmental crisis. It's easy to feel despair. Bidder 70 is about what's possible when we stop being afraid, and start acting on our conscience; a smart, candid look at one man's story that speaks volumes about what's at stake for all of us."
- Will Potter, independent journalist, author of
Green Is the New Red: An Insider's Account of a Social Movement Under Siege
"Inspiring...Directors Beth and George Gage brilliantly tell the story of climate activist Tim DeChristopher...DeChristopher's actions and sacrifices draw attention to the lack of an American energy policy that eliminates subsidies to the fossil fuel industry and creates a path toward a renewable energy future."
 - Stefanie Penn Spear, Huffington Post

Best US Feature Film, Traverse City Film Festival
Moving Mountains Award, Mountainfilm in Telluride
Best Film & Audience Award, Frozen River Film Festival
Audience Choice & Green Fire Awards, American Conservation Film Festival
Best of Festival & Best of Category Awards, Montana Cine Film Festival
Best Documentary & Act Now Awards, Crested Butte Film Festival
Screened at:
United Nations Association International Film Festival
Mill Valley Film Festival
Cleveland International Film Festival
Starz Denver Film Festival
Environmental Film Festival in the Nation's Capital
Colorado Environmental Film Festival
World Community Film Festival – Courtney, BC



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