The award winning documentary film, Bidder 70, shares the story of Tim DeChristopher blocking an illegal Utah Bureau of Land Management (BLM) Oil and Gas lease auction, through years of postponed trails, ongoing organizing work, and the trial. The film concludes with his sentencing and being immediately removed from the court. For his civil disobedience, Tim was sentenced to two years in federal prison. He was released on April 21, 2013 after being incarcerated for 21 months.
"And when you consider that weeks after DeChristopher bid on his 13 parcels, a federal judge in essence agreed with him and blocked the sale of all the parcels, DeChristopher's prosecution becomes even more troubling. Add to that the fact that the Obama Administration's Dept of Interior said the overall sale was improper and pulled all the parcels from auction and DeChristopher's prosecution borders on absurd. DeChristopher's defense team was barred from bringing either of these facts to the attention of the jury in arguing their case. There's something radically wrong with this picture." Robert Redford
Bidder 70 was produced by Beth & George Gage, and has won 20 major film festival awards.
- Visit the official Bidder 70 film site
- Watch Bidder70 on Netflix
- Watch Bidder 70 on iTunes
- Watch Bidder 70 on Amazon Instant Video
- Buy the DVD (Amazon)
- Host a community screening
I am presently studying at Harvard Divinity School in Cambridge, MA. If you would like to hold a Bidder 70 screening in the Greater Boston area, please let us know. FORM LINK? I may be able to attend and hold a Q&A session following the film.
Watch the official Bidder 70 trailer below.