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Common Ground

Directed by:

Joshua Tickell, Rebecca Harrell Tickell


97 minutes

COMMON GROUND explores how Americans from different walks of life, different political backgrounds, and different parts of the country share one thing in common – the very soil beneath their feet. Sequel to Kiss the Ground screened at FHFF in 2021.


October 28, 2023 at 5:00:00 PM

October 29, 2023 at 2:00:00 PM


In-Theatre ONLY. Not available on-demand.

Common Ground Official Trailer

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The film explores the sweeping changes in our food system that have taken place over the past 50 years and looks at how “regenerative” farming systems – from large-scale agricultural operations to small-scale farmers – are universally concluding that soil health could be the key to unlocking more and better food to feed America and the world. Because of poisonous practices in the American food system and related government policies, farmers and families, including minorities, have suffered illness and tragedy. 


Common Ground explores how regenerative agriculture, returning to the practices pioneered by Black and indigenous farmers, can help heal the soil, our health, and the planet.  This provides hope for future generations, exploring concrete ways to fix a broken planetary system. 


This documentary won the 2023 Human/Nature Award following its premiere at the Tribeca Film Festival in June.

Common Ground



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Joshua Tickell

Rebecca Harrell Tickell


Jenny O'Hara

Johnny O'Hara

Joshua Tickell

Rebecca Harrell Tickell


Corinne Bourdeau, Co-Producer

Eric Dillon, Producer

"Ryland Engelhart, Co-Producer, Executive Producer

Susan Rockefeller, Co-Producer

Joshua Tickell, Producer

Rebecca Harrell Tickell, Producer

Executive Producers

Jan Ellison Baszucki

Bill Benenson

Laurie Benenson

Rosario Dawson

John Paul DeJoria

Pamela B. Green

George Gund IV

Gloriana GundE

Diane Ladd

Julian Lennon

Adam Lewis

Melony Lewis

Christopher Lindstrom

Christiana Musk

Annie Roney

Regina K. Scully

Ian Somerhalder


Jim Fairchild

Jacob Snider


Simon Balderas

Joaquim Pujol


Anthony Ellison

Ryan A Nichols

Sound Recordist
Mark Hinebrook

Camera Operators

Jeremy Asuncion

Noble Gray

Editorial Department

Fred Koschmann, Additional Editor

Music Department

Leon Doyle Bromell, Music Supervisor

Mindy Dinh, Music Coordinator

Judith Moy, Music Editor

Jake Weinreb, Music Supervisor

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