Presented by bioneers.com
Directed by Beth Gage, George Gage
FOCUS: THE ENVIRONMENT • In 2008, the Bush administration opened southern Utah to drilling and held an oil and gas lease auction on 116 parcels of public land. Deeply concerned about climate change and the environmental impact the drilling would have on the unspoiled wilderness he loved, recent college grad Tim DeChristopher went to the auction to protest. When picketing felt insufficient, DeChristopher impulsively crashed the auction, making bogus bids on nearly every parcel, eventually resulting in a two-count felony charge. With the Obama administration in office a month later, the land leases were ultimately canceled—but the government continued its legal action against DeChristopher. Meanwhile, he became a leading environmental activist and, as captured in this film, an inspirational model of civil disobedience in the face of injustice.
Copresented by http://bioneers.org.
Film Note Writer: Joanne Parsont