Bidder 70
Bidder 70 (2013)

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… More

Rated: Unrated
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Release Date: May 17, 2013
DVD Release Date: July 15, 2013
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Gary Goldstein
Los Angeles Times

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).

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Mark Jenkins

Seems designed primarily for teach-ins and rallies.

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Eric Monder
Film Journal International

Bidder 70 is modest but revitalizing.

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Kyle Smith
New York Post

As dully earnest, disorganized and self-righteous as an editorial in a student newspaper ...

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Diana Clarke
Village Voice

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.

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Kam Williams

A powerful, empathetic portrait of a selfless, planetary patriot willing to sacrifice his liberty for the sake of Mother Earth's long-term prospects.

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Jeannette Catsoulis
New York Times

"Bidder 70," for all its clumsiness, nails the way that a spontaneous act of courage can focus the mind and clarify an ideology.

Louis Proyect

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.

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Kalvin Henely
Slant Magazine

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.

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