Wednesday, May 15, 2013
BIDDER 70. Back in 2008, when President G.W. Bush tried to "gift" the energy and mining industries with thousands of acres of Utah wilderness via a much-disputed federal auction, a college student named Tim DeChristopher, on the spur of the moment, decided to try to stop this. Attending the auction as a protester, he suddenly bid $1.7 million (which of course he did not have) and effectively threw a monkey wrench into the proceedings -- which were, in any case, illegal.
directors Beth Gage and George Gage (shown at left, with Beth credited for writing) tells the tale at hand and some of the back story in cursory fashion but is still quite important because it brings the story to our attention and in the process forces us to understand what a single act of civil disobedience can accomplish.
documentary about which is soon to be released and will be covered here) where judges simply follow the dictates of their rulers. All the government delays, however, had an unintended result: Tim's cause grew in attention and support, as the young man founds the organization Peaceful Uprising and garners support from Nobel Prize-Winner Terry Root and environmentalist/celebrity Robert Redford (both of whom appear in the film).
First Run Features, opens this Friday, May 17, in New York City (at the Quad Cinema), and in Auburn ,New York at the Auburn Public Theater. On May 22 it hits Oakland, California, at the New Parkway theater, then comes to Los Angeles on June 7 at Laemmle's Music Hall.