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  • Nov 3-5

Bidder 70

This is a com­pelling doc­u­men­tary about Tim DeChristo­pher, a stu­dent at the Uni­ver­si­ty of Utah, who in 2008 dis­rupt­ed a high­ly dis­put­ed Utah BLM Oil and Gas lease auc­tion, effec­tive­ly safe­guard­ing thou­sands of acres of pris­tine Utah land that were slat­ed for oil and gas leas­es. Not con­tent to mere­ly protest out­side, Tim entered the auc­tion hall and reg­is­tered as bid­der #70. He out­bid indus­try giants on land parcels (which, start­ing at $2 an acre, were adja­cent to nation­al trea­sures like Canyon­lands Nation­al Park), win­ning 22,000 acres of land worth $1.8 mil­lion — with no inten­tion to pay for them — before the auc­tion was halt­ed.

Run­ning time:  73 min­utes