The Environmental Club is pleased to present a film screening of a documentary film named "Bidder 70" with the writer/producers/directors Beth and George Gage attending to speak and answer questions about the film. It will be shown on Monday, November 25, 2013, from 11:30 am to about 2:30 pm, in the Student Life Center, room, Navesink I. This film's theme raises environmental, political science and governmental issues and shows how one person (a college student) took a stand to protect the environment. "Bidder 70" is about a college student, Tim DeChristopher, in Utah who took a rather unique approach to trying to protect the Utah wilderness from oil and gas exploration. (Here is a link to the trailer for the movie, in case you would like to get a sense of what it is about: http://www.bidder70film.com/#!trailer/cxbx) Back at the end of the Bush Administration, Tim went to a controversial oil and gas lease auction and somewhat accidentally/intentionally he became one of the bidders at the auction. He proceeded to outbid the other bidders on many of the parcels that he believed should be protected and he won the leases! He did not have the money to actually buy these leases. All of the leases were then invalidated by the incoming Obama administration, but Tim was ultimately arrested and prosecuted for his actions. The film chronicles his story and that of his actions of civil disobedience in trying to protect the environment. It is a great film covering environmental issues, but also political science issues relating to civil disobedience, political process, the Courts and government. Many of my students find the issues of environmental science overwhelming and feel they cannot make a difference. This film does a great job of showing them that one person really can make a difference with some creativity and commitment, so I know it will be very inspiring for them! Both George Gage and Beth Gage, the Producers and Directors of the film will be here to a screen the film, so I think this would be a great opportunity for the school, its students and the community, since the film has a powerful environmental theme and having the chance to discuss it with them afterwards could be extremely rewarding and insightful. I know this will be a great learning experience for the students and the community, since I believe that the Gage's are really interested in promoting the film's ideals, as the basis for the screening. I think students in environmental disciplines, political science and film media will be especially interested in this film.
Monday - November 25, 2013
Cost:Admission is Free
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