"Bidder 70" is playing for one night only as part of the Common Experience Project on Sustainability Film Series. A panel and audience discussion will follow the screening. Free admission and free popcorn.
Synopsis: In 2008, as George W. Bush tried to gift the energy and mining industries thousands of acres of pristine Utah wilderness via a widely disputed federal auction, college student Tim DeChristopher decided to monkey-wrench the process. Bidding $1.7 million, he won 22,000 acres with no intention to drill. For this astonishing (and successful) act of civil disobedience he was sent to federal prison. Beth and George Gage's new documentary BIDDER 70 (72 minutes) tells the story of this peaceful warrior whose patriotism and willingness to sacrifice have ignited the climate justice movement. This is a powerful film that will inspire students to question their commitment to the world and to fight against global injustices.
The goal of the multi-year effort for Ohio University's Common Experience Project on Sustainability is to create a common learning experience for Ohio University students through integrated curricular and co-curricular activities, with the goal that participating students should acquire a deep understanding of the principle concepts and issues related to sustainability and ecological literacy.
Location: Athena Cinema, Court Street