BIDDER 70 follows Tim DeChris to pher, a University of Utah student, who on Dec. 19, 2008, in a dazzling act of civil disobedience, derailed the outgoing Bush administration's illegal and ill advised, Bureau of Land Management oil and gas auction. As Bidder #70, Tim bid 1.8 million dollars and won 22,000 pristine acres surrounding Utah's National Parks with no intention to pay or drill.
In February 2009, the new Obama administration agreed the land should be safeguarded and invalidated the entire auction. Nevertheless, Tim was indicted on two federal felonies with penalties of up to ten years in prison. Tim's life has been forever altered by the actions he took on Dec. 19, 2008. Bidder 70 is a personal portrait that illuminates how the choices we make determine our future and the world in which we live.
The film features Robert Redford, Terry Tempest Williams and our own Bill McKibben, among others. We will be bringing Beth and George Gage, the film's director and producer to Manchester to present the movie and then discuss what actions we can take, as a community, to support this courageous action as Tim is serving his jail sentence.