This film moved me. It motivated me. And it brought tears to my eyes. It had a profound effect on me and I’m confident it will have the same effect on you.
This is one of those movies where, after watching it, you get up from your seat and say, “I want to do something!” After watching this film, I said to myself, “Would I be willing to get arrested to stand up for the right thing?” I think I would. I hope I would. Tim DeChristopher gave up nearly 2 years of his life to do the right thing.
What was the right thing that Tim did? During the last full month of the Bush administration, the Federal Bureau of Land Management (BLM) held a last minute and widely disputed oil and gas lease auction. They were auctioning off scenic Utah land which included such national treasures like Arches National Park and Canyonlands National Park that was slated for oil and gas leases. Yep. That’s right. Oil rigs smack dab in the middle of scenic Utah land. All in the name of oil.
BIDDER 70‘s stunning cinematography highlights the very land that was up for bid and you’ll be shocked that our government actually permitted these parcels to be auctioned off to the highest bidder. Thanks to Tim, the auction was disrupted and later, when the Obama administration took office, it declared the auction illegal.
BIDDER 70 is about Tim DeChristopher’s act of civil disobedience, his trial and his 2-year sentence, much of which was spent in a federal prison. It’s about doing the right thing and not backing down. It’s about coming together to fight for a cause you believe in. It’s about giving hope. It’s about creating a livable future. It will inspire you.
I strongly encourage you to read more about the movie and to check out a screening near you. If there isn’t a screening near you, host your own screening. There are special screenings occurring on Earth Day – the day after Tim gets released.
Film makers Beth Gage and George Gage
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