A film by Beth Gage and George Gage
73 minutes, color, English, 2013
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 monkey-wrenched 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 sentenced to two years in federal prison. Bidder 70 tells the story of this peaceful warrior whose willingness to sacrifice has ignited the climate justice movement.
Included on this official DVD is a special bonus feature: an extended question and answer session with Tim at the Tower Theater in Salt Lake City, following his release from prison.
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"A Warrior is Born! Tim DeChristopherís journey...resonates. Bidder 70...nails the way that a spontaneous act of courage can focus the mind and clarify an ideology. We hear...the mental gears of an activist clicking into place." -The New York Times
"Most inspiring! Brilliantly tells Timís story." -Huffington Post
"A shocking look at how far the energy industry and the government will go to crush just one voice." -Filmmaker Michael Moore
"A vivid illustration of citizen activism and its considerable personal risks. By the time youíve finished watching Bidder 70, youíll be left both angered and hopeful."
"One of the most courageous and principled civil disobedience activists in recent American history, standing in the tradition of Henry David Thoreau and Martin Luther King Jr."
" A gripping personal story that reveals just how bizarre and twisted our justice system can be. Tim DeChristopher is a true hero, and his story shows that one person who stands up for his beliefs can really make a difference." -About.com
"A beautifully told story of a heroís journey filled with passion and sacrifice that tugs at the head and heart to the final scene." -Jury, Traverse City Film Festival
Days of Destruction, Days of Revolt by Chris Hedges & Joe Sacco
Breaking the Sound Barrier by Amy Goodman
Soil Not Oil: Environmental Justice in an Age of Climate Crisis by Vandana Shiva
See details about this film's theatrical run.
● Earth Day Q&A with Tim DeChristopher