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Bidder 70

Time: January 15, 2016 from 7pm to 9pm
Location: University Unitarian Church
Street: 6556 35th Avenue NE
City/Town: Seattle, WA 98115
Event Type: movie
Organized By: Deejah Sherman-Peterson
Latest Activity: Jan 3, 2016

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Join us to watch Bidder 70, the movie about Tim DeChristopher and winner of 20 international film awards

In December, 2008, Tim DeChristopher 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 $1.7 million before the auction was halted.

Two months later, incoming Interior Secretary Ken Salazar invalidated the auction. DeChristopher, however, was indicted on two federal felonies with penalties of up to 10 years in prison and $750,000 in fines.  He served 21 months in prison.  

~Beth and George Gage, Gage and Gage Productions

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