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The Woodstock Film Festival, Frack Free Catskills and Catskill Mountainkeeper present
BIDDER 70; a timely new environmental documentary.

May 19, 2pm
Upstate Films Woodstock

"...without the slightest tinge of manipulation, Bidder 70 convinces us...that we're entrapped in a legal system that is, environmentally speaking, still set on driving us off a cliff."
-Kalvin Henely, Slant Magazine

Tim DeChristopher: Film Subject and Environmental Activist will join directors Beth & George Gage for an indepth Q&A following film.

(Woodstock, NY) May 7, 2013- The Woodstock Film Festival, Frack Free Catskills and Catskill Mountainkeeper present a searing new documentary, BIDDER 70 at Upstate Films Woodstock, May 19 at 2pm. The film follows environmental activist Tom DeChristopher and his effort to prevent oil and gas giants from drilling thousands of acres of pristine land in Utah.

DeChristopher will be in attendance (along with directors Beth & George Gage) to discuss his battle with the oil industry and the federal government. He will take questions from the audience following the film. Tickets are $10 and can be purchased in advance online at www.woodstockfilmfestival.com/events/bidder70.php.


Tim DeChristopher is Bidder 70.

On December 19, 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 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. Patrick Shea, former BLM Director for Clinton, represented DeChristopher pro-bono.

With the threat of prison looming, DeChristopher stepped up his activism and evolved into a charismatic and ingenious climate justice leader. He co-founded Peaceful Uprising, a grass-roots group dedicated to defending a livable future through empowering non-violent action.

After two years and nine postponements, his trial began on February 28, 2011. Outside the courtroom, hundreds rallied in solidarity with Tim. Inside, Judge Dee Benson disallowed every defense his lawyers put forth. After a five-day trial, DeChristopher was found guilty. His sentencing was scheduled for summer 2012.

For more information on the film please visit BIDDER 70.

All ticket holders are invited to join the filmmakers and Mr. DeChristopher for a reception after the screening and Q&A at New World Home Cooking at 1411 Rte 212 in Saugerties. The reception will be a buffet, with a seperate cost. The public is also invited to attend just the reception.



Environmental Activist Tim de Christopher


About the Woodstock Film Festival:
Hailed by Indiewire as "A true American Maverick Among Fests" and praised by actor Ethan Hawke as "among the finest of a dying breed: a festival that isn't trying to sell you anything, but simply and beautifully celebrating the art & craft of filmmaking", the Woodstock Film Festival premiers exceptional films, hosts the most talented emerging and established professionals in the movie industry; presents A-list concerts, panels and parties, and creates stimulating, innovative programming year-round.

The Woodstock Film Festival is a non-profit, 501c3 with a mission to present an annual program and year-round schedule of film, music and art-related activities that promote artists, culture, inspired learning and diversity.

The Woodstock Film Festival will celebrate its 14th Annual Festival October 2-6, 2013, with an extraordinary line-up of fiercely independent films, panels, concerts and special events in Woodstock and the neighboring towns of Rhinebeck, Kingston, Rosendale and Saugerties.


About Catskill Mountainkeeper:
To be the strongest and most effective possible advocate for the Catskill region; working through a network of concerned citizens we promote sustainable growth and protect the natural resources essential to healthy communities.


About Frack Free Catskills:
Working to Protect the Catskill Region from the Dangers of Hydrofracking for Natural Gas

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