Bidder 70
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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 decided to monkey-wrench 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 sent to federal prison. Beth and George Gage's new documentary BIDDER 70 tells the story of this peaceful warrior whose patriotism and willingness to sacrifice have ignited the climate justice movement. (c) First Run… More
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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 78%

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"Though viewers may already be aware of how DeChristopher's 2011 trial ended, the film maintains a gripping air of tension and mystery leading up to the verdict (he was sentenced to two years in federal prison for fraud but released after 21 months)."
‑ Gary Goldstein, Los Angeles Times
"Seems designed primarily for teach-ins and rallies."
‑ Mark Jenkins, NPR
"Bidder 70 is modest but revitalizing."
‑ Eric Monder, Film Journal International
"As dully earnest, disorganized and self-righteous as an editorial in a student newspaper ..."
‑ Kyle Smith, New York Post
"DeChristopher's ability to move with intellectual seriousness and a light heart between festivals and courtrooms complicates the popular idea of The Man and what his brand of power can achieve."
‑ Diana Clarke, Village Voice
"A powerful, empathetic portrait of a selfless, planetary patriot willing to sacrifice his liberty for the sake of Mother Earth's long-term prospects."
‑ Kam Williams, AALBC.com
""Bidder 70," for all its clumsiness, nails the way that a spontaneous act of courage can focus the mind and clarify an ideology."
‑ Jeannette Catsoulis, New York Times
"Gripping documentary about a young man who risked a stiff prison sentence for doing something to stop global warming, a crisis that could lead to the deaths of 100 million people."
‑ Louis Proyect, rec.arts.movies.reviews
"Without being didactic, the documentary demonstrates how an ordinary concerned citizen can take a stand when politicians neglect to make decisions for the good of the people and instead serve the interests of big business."
‑ Kalvin Henely, Slant Magazine
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