Telluride Mountainfilm: Tim DeChristopher
Tim DeChristopher has been in the news since December 2008, when the former University of Utah economics student bid $1.8 million on 13 parcels of BLM land in Utah at a federal oil and gas lease auction. DeChristopher had no plans to pay—it was a spontaneous act of civil disobedience to protest the sale of land near Arches and Canyonlands National Parks. The BLM took him to court; March 4, 2011, he was convicted of interfering with and making false representations at a government auction. He'll be sentenced to a maximum of 10 years in prison at the end of June. This weekend, he'll be attending Mountainfilm as a special guest and introducing Bidder 70, a film by Telluride residents Beth and George Gage. The 40-minute rough cut—a work in progress for obvious reasons—follows DeChristopher's rise to celebrity status among the climate change crowd. If you'll be at Mountainfilm, linger after the screening: Literary heavyweights Terry Tempest Williams and Bill McKibben will join DeChristopher onstage to discuss the current state of the climate change movement. Read more about DeChristopher here. Here's the trailer for Bidder 70.