The Documentary “Bidder 70”

Tim DeChristopher and members of Peaceful Uprising, the grassroots, nonviolent environmental action group he founded, protest in Washington DC. From "Bidder 70," directed by Beth and George Gage

In their documentary “Bidder 70,” Beth Gage and George Gage tell the story of Tim DeChristopher. In 2008, as George W. Bush tried to give the energy and mining industries thousands of acres of pristine Utah wilderness via a widely disputed federal auction, DeChristopher, then a college student bid $1.7 million, and won 22,000 acres with no intention to drill. For this act of civil disobedience he was sent to federal prison, but his actions helped ignite a movement. “Bidder 70” opens May 17 at the Quad.