Transition Town premiers 'Bidder 70'

MANCHESTER - Transition Town Manchester is pleased to announce the New England premiere of the award winning documentary, "Bidder 70" on Saturday, Nov. 17, at 1 p.m. at Village Picture Shows in Manchester.

"Bidder 70" follows Tim DeChristopher, 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, DeChristopher 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, DeChristopher was indicted on two federal felonies with penalties of up to 10 years in prison. DeChristopher's life has been forever altered by the actions he took on Dec. 19, 2008. "Bidder 70" is a personal portrait that illuminates how choices determine the future and impact the world.

The film features Robert Redford, Terry Tempest Williams and Bill McKibben, among others.

Transition Town Manchester will be bringing Beth and George Gage, the film's director and producer to Manchester to present the movie and then discuss actions that can be taken to support DeChristopher's action while he is serving his jail sentence.

Tickets are on sale at Village Picture Shows and the Northshire Bookstore.

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