Follow the story of Tim DeChristopher and his stunning act of civil disobedience in a time of global climate chaos. On December 19, 2008, DeChristopher, as Bidder #70, derailed the Bush administration’s last minute, widely disputed federal Bureau of Land Management (BLM) Oil and Gas lease auction, acting to safeguard thousands of acres of scenic and unique Utah land. Bidding $1.7 million, Tim won 22,000 acres of land with no intention to pay or drill. For his disruption of the auction, DeChristopher was indicted on two federal charges. Tim’s civil disobedience has drawn national attention to America’s energy policy and criticism to the BLM’s management of public lands. Refusing to compromise his principles, Tim is willing to sacrifice his own future to bring this vitally important issue to global attention. This film is Tim’s story: his actions, his trial and his two-year conviction, which he is currently serving. It is also the story of the scientists, activists, writers and movements that influenced and support his actions. Directed and produced by Beth and George Gage.

Bidder 70

2012 US 73 min
Festival Year: 2013
Types: Documentary
Topic: Energy & Resources, Environmental Advocacy and Justice, Sustainable Living