Showtime: Thursday Dec 3th, 7:00 PM at el Museo Cultural de Santa Fe
Q&A with directors, Beth & George Gage, after the screening.
Bidder 70 follows Tim DeChristopher, a University of Utah student, who on December 19, 2008, in a dazzling act of civil disobedience, derailed the outgoing Bush administration’s illegal and ill-advised federal 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 saved and invalidated the entire auction. Nevertheless, Tim was indicted on two federal felonies with penalties of up to ten years in prison. Bidder 70 documents his courageous journey.