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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.


Friday, September 13, 2024 at 7:00 PM

Sunday, October 29, 2023 at 10:00 AM


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

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Rebecca Harrell Tickell

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Josh Tickell

Josh Tickell is a film Director who specializes in movies with a social message. His first feature movie, Fuel (2008) won the Sundance Audience Award for Best Documentary and was released theatrically in the United States. FUEL became a global sensation gaining over 1 million viewers on Netflix, iTunes, Hulu, and CNBC. The movie was screened in the White House for energy and environment staff working in the Obama Administration.

Tickell has been a featured guest on Jay Leno's The Tonight Show, Good Morning America, CNN, Discovery, Reuters, NBC, Fox and NPR. Articles on Tickell and his films have appeared in the Los Angeles Times, New York Times, USA Today, The Huffington Post, Hustler Magazine, Maxim Magazine, Popular Mechanics, and thousands of international newspapers and magazines.

Tickell also directed the Cannes Film Festival movie, The Big Fix (2011). The film explores possible connections between corporate and political malfeasance and the 2010 Gulf of Mexico oil spill. He went on to direct his third film, Freedom (2011), which focuses on alcohol fuel and aired on the SuperChannel in Canada. He just completed his latest documentary, PUMP (2014), and is currently in production on Good Fortune (2015), The Official Biography of John Paul DeJoria, Co-Founder of Patrón Tequila and Paul Mitchell Systems.

Josh Tickell holds an undergraduate degree in Sustainable Living from the New College of South Florida and a Masters in Film from Florida State University's School of Motion Picture Arts.

Rebecca Harrell Tickell

Rebecca Harrell Tickell is an award-winning filmmaker, author, and environmental activist. Growing up in Hinesburg, Vermont. Her adoptive father, a psychiatrist, and biological mother, an artist, recognized her talent at an early age. Having performed only in school plays that her mother directed, she went to NYC in the hope of getting a voice-over agent. Her first audition ever was for the Christmas movie Prancer (1989)Raffaella De Laurentiis and 'John Hancock showed up at her door in Vermont to tell her that she would be starring in the movie with Sam ElliotAbe VigodaCloris Leachman, and Michael Constantine. Her role garnered her a Young Artist Award nomination for "Best Young Actress Starring in a Motion Picture." Prancer (1989) was a success and is regarded as a Christmas classic.

Movie critic Roger Ebert highlighted Harrell's performance, saying "What really redeems the movie, taking it out of the category of kiddie picture and giving it a heart and gumption, is the performance by a young actress named Rebecca Harrell, as Jessica. She's something. She has a troublemaker's look in her eye and a round, pixie face that's filled with mischief. And she's smart plucky schemer who figures out things for herself and isn't afraid to act on her convictions". She was then cast in a series on CBS called 'Room For Romance' with Dom Irrera. Her mother moved her to NYC to go to the Professional Performing Arts School where she studied music along with Alicia Keys and child celebrities.

Her 2011 Official Cannes Selection documentary The Big Fix (2012) examines the BP Gulf Oil Spill and how America can get off of oil. She then directed and produced Pump (2014) and Good Fortune (2016) with her husband Josh. Together they directed and produced the 2020 Tribeca Film Festival Official Selection Kiss the Ground (2020) narrated by Woody Harrelson. Tickell resides in Ojai, California, and was married to Tickell on New Year's Day 2010. The Tickell's were seen driving the world's first algae gasoline-powered car around Los Angeles.

She owns Big Picture Ranch with her husband Josh Tickell, and has dedicated her life to environmental activism through the medium of film.



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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