Tim DeChristopher

Tim DeChristopher

In 2008, Tim DeChristopher was an average college student studying economics at the University of Utah, but then he walked into a BLM auction and bid $1.8 million on drillings rights to pristine public lands near Utah’s iconic national parks for which he never intended to pay. That bold act of disobedience catapulted DeChristopher into the spotlight, where he was celebrated by many as a new leader of climate change activism. Over the next several years, DeChristopher inspired rallies, formed the organization Peaceful Uprising and rose in prominence as he railed against destruction of wild places. He was also prosecuted by the federal government and, ultimately, served two years in prison for making false bids on energy leases. DeChristopher, who is the subject of the documentary Bidder 70 (Mountainfilm 2012), attends Harvard Divinity School and continues to speak about climate change.

Related Films

FilmYearCountryDurationFestival Years
Bidder 702013USA71mins2012Details »

Articles & Blog Posts

ArticlePost Date
Tim DeChristopher Sentence: 2 Years in Federal Prison and $10,000 FineJul 26, 2011 - 5:08pmDetails »
Tim DeChristopher Defense Fund Needs Your HelpAug 12, 2011 - 12:47pmDetails »
A Thoughtful Conversation With Tim DeChristopher and Terry Tempest WilliamsDec 29, 2011 - 12:30pmDetails »
Mountainfilm in Telluride Announces World PremieresMay 1, 2012 - 9:22amDetails »
Live From Bidder 70 Trial: Tim Heads to CourtFeb 28, 2011 - 8:17pmDetails »
Tim DeChristopher Sentencing DelayedJun 16, 2011 - 1:43pmDetails »
Tim DeChristopher Sentence: Thoughts and Reactions Jul 27, 2011 - 2:53pmDetails »
Tim DeChristopher's Statement to the CourtJul 27, 2011 - 2:26pmDetails »
Pardon Tim DeChristopher: #9 on Rolling Stone List of "10 Things Obama Must Do"Sep 20, 2011 - 12:12pmDetails »
Dig DeeperJan 19, 2012 - 9:10amDetails »
What Inspires the Inspired?Feb 20, 2013 - 3:22pmDetails »
Bidder 70 Trial: "Many After Me Will Have to Join Me as Well"Mar 5, 2011 - 4:26pmDetails »
Tim DeChristopher Faces Maximum of 10 Years in Sentencing on July 26Jul 26, 2011 - 10:37amDetails »
Terry Tempest Williams on Tim DeChristopher Sentence: 'The Real Criminal'Jul 29, 2011 - 3:38pmDetails »
Don't Forget DeChristopher: Mountainfilm's Own "Protester Of The Year"Dec 22, 2011 - 10:26amDetails »
Mountainfilm Awards $15,000 to Nonprofits through Moving Mountains AwardsJun 8, 2012 - 1:23pmDetails »
Live From Bidder 70 Trial: Monday RallyFeb 28, 2011 - 5:54pmDetails »
Alex Ebert Song for Tim DeChristopher: 'Let's Win'Jun 9, 2011 - 3:37pmDetails »
Telluride Locals Arrested in Tim DeChristopher ProtestJul 28, 2011 - 12:09pmDetails »
Tim DeChristopher Checks In From Federal PrisonNov 3, 2011 - 2:08pmDetails »
Bidder 70: David Letterman and L.A. PremiereJun 24, 2013 - 9:38amDetails »

Mountainfilm TV Videos

Tim DeChristopher 2009May 20, 2011 - 3:40pmDetails »
Tim DeChristopher 2011Dec 2, 2011 - 12:08pmDetails »

Tim DeChristopher / 2014

2014 Festival Involvement:

Participating as a: Special Guest, Film Subject

Tim DeChristopher / 2013

2013 Festival Involvement:

Participating as a: Speaker, Special Guest

Tim DeChristopher/2011

2011 Festival Involvement:

Participating as a: Speaker, Special Guest
Tim was recently convicted by a federal court of making false bids on energy leases. His presence at Mountainfilm this May, a month before his scheduled sentencing, will certainly help galvanize festival audiences. Tim will speak not only about the urgency of addressing global climate change, but also about why non-violent civil disobedience is essential in these troubled times.

2010 / Tim DeChristopher

2010 Festival Involvement:

Participating as a: Speaker, Special Guest, Film Subject
In 2008, 27 year-old Tim DeChristopher went to a government auction intended for oil and gas companies to lease federal land for extraction. Asked if he was there to bid he said yes and he was handed a paddle for Bidder 70. This set off a chain of events that led to one of the most significant acts of civil disobedience on behalf of conservation and has left DeChristopher facing a federal trial on November 5.

2009 / Tim DeChristopher

2009 Festival Involvement:

Participating as a: Speaker, Film Subject