Bidder 70

Close Up Shared Planet
Director: Beth Gage and George Gage | Countries of production: United States | Year: 2012 | Length: 73 min
Language: English | Age: 12+ years

Screened as part of TOAFF14

In response to huge areas of public land being sold off for oil and gas leases in Utah, nascent activist Tim DeChristopher disrupted the auctions by successfully bidding $1.7 million he didn’t have for thousands of acres he wanted to preserve. Arrested and threatened with prison, he defies the courts to inspire others to take action for better environmental policies, arguing that civil disobedience is one of our most powerful tools in the fight against climate change.

As hopeful and defiant as its protagonist, Bidder 70 is a powerful portrait of a man coming to grips with the destruction we have wrought on the planet and deciding to keep up the fight.

“Nails the way that a spontaneous act of courage can focus the mind and clarify an ideology.”
New York Times

“A gripping look at an eco-activist’s journey, (…) a vital and involving documentary”
LA Times