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Showing of documentary Bidder 70

By Jim Carey

Occupy San Miguel presents the award-winning documentary Bidder 70. On December 19, 2008, the lame duck administration of George Bush offered as an early Christmas present to the oil and gas industries the sale of more than 110,000 acres of land near Arches and Canyonlands National Parks, Dinosaur National Monument, and Nine Mile Canyon in Utah’s Red Rock country. It was and is one of our nation’s most magnificent wild landscapes, and represents one of the last remaining remnants of America’s wilderness heritage. The sale would have included lands that contain the nation’s greatest density of ancient rock art and other cultural resources and, if not stopped, it would have had serious ramifications for some three million acres of public lands.

Occupy San Miguel presents: Bidder 70
Mon, Mar 17, 1:15pm
TV Room
Quinta Loreto Hotel
Loreto 15

A coalition of dozens of environmental, preservation, congressional and business groups led by the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC), the Southern Utah Wilderness Alliance and Earthjustice attempted without success to stop the Interior Department from their illegal auctioning of the Utah wilderness.

Bidder 70 is the story of how a young economics student at the University of Utah, Tim Dechristopher, strolled into that federal auction of oil and gas drilling rights to that prime Utah wilderness. Although opposed to the auction, which he considered “illegal and unethical,” he had no plans to disrupt it. As he entered the building where the auction was held and approached the registration desk, he was asked if he was there to bid. Tim, knowing that he had no way to pay for the parcels, made a quick decision, registered as Bidder 70 and entered the auction. Bidding US$1.7 million, he went on to win 22,000 acres; subsequently disrupting and invalidating the entire auction and sale.

The rest of the story follows him through a federal indictment, nine trial postponements and the maturation of his climate warrior identity: a portrait of a conscience spurred to action by an unexpected opportunity, a spontaneous act of courage against an illegal deep state.



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