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Common Ground

Ignite High School Screening

A compelling and solution-driven plea to care for the very thing that feeds us, balances the climate, and sustains life on earth: soil. An eye-opening critique of the harmful methods of American agriculture, Common Ground exposes the agendas of agricultural giants, corporations, and lobbyists, while unveiling the immensely powerful potential of regenerative farming – and how saving the soil can help change the course of the climate crisis we face.

Interweaving intimate stories of inspiring regenerative farms today, together with the sustainable practices of Indigenous peoples, while uncovering the devastating effects of industrial farming of the 1930’s Dust Bowl to the post WWII boom of machinery and fertilizer technology, to the cancerous herbicides and pesticides of Monsanto and emphasis on monocultures of corn and soy crops in the present day, filmmakers Josh and Rebecca Tickell reveal how soil regeneration is not about merely restoring the past: it is about our futures. They present a hopeful, inspiring film about climate change solutions and how saving the soil can help save us, and our planet, along with it.


Presented by


Laura Dern, Jason Momoa, Woody Harrelson, Ian Somerhalder, Donald Glover, Ray Archuleta

Country of Origin






Content Warning

Coarse Language

105 min

Education Guide

Curriculum Interests

The Education Guide will be available soon.

•  Social Studies 9

•  Social Studies 10

•  Explorations in Social Studies 11

•  Environmental Science 12

•  Human Geography 12

•  Political Studies 12

•  20th Century World History

•  Media Arts 10

•  Directing and Script Development 11

•  Film + Television 11 + 12

•  New Media 11+12


Josh & Rebecca Tickell headshot

Josh & Rebecca Tickell

Josh and Rebecca Tickell are multi-award-winning filmmakers who specialize in aiding the global climate crisis. The two co-own Big Picture Ranch, a farm which doubles as an eco-friendly film studio. Their first collaborative film Fuel (2008) won the audience award for Best Documentary, and was shortlisted for an Oscar. Their newest film, Common Ground (2023) was the winner of the Human/Nature award amidst its premiere at Tribeca Film Festival. The pair has inspired over $20 billion dollars to be invested into renewable energy and regenerative agriculture globally.

Filmography: Fuel (2008); The Big Fix (2012); Kiss the Ground (2020); The Revolution Generation (2021)





Tuesday, October 3 12:30 pm International Village, Theatre 10

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Executive Producer

Bill Benenson, Laurie Benenson, Jan Ellison Baszucki, John Paul DeJoria, Pamela B. Green


Rebecca Tickell, Josh Tickell, Eric Dillon


Josh Tickell, Rebecca Tickell, Johnny O’Hara


Joaquim Pujol, Simon Balderas


Ryan A. Nichols, Anthony Ellison

Original Music

Jim Fairchild, Jacob Snider