From Kiss the Ground filmmakers Rebecca and Josh Tickell, Common Ground, narrated by Laura Dern, presents an urgent message about the poisonous practices within American food systems. At the forefront of this plight are the farmers and families who have lived through tragedy and illness at the hands of government policies that favor Big Ag and big profits. In acknowledging how racism has forged today’s farming industry, regenerative farmers are returning to pre-colonial practices pioneered by indigenous and Black farmers to restore soil, keep Americans alive, and leave a legacy for generations to follow.
Common Ground emphasizes the need to face the reality of our food systems and how profits and power are the driving force behind them. This issue affects all Americans, from the soil we stand on to the toxic air we breathe. Fighting against agro-chemical business in favor of regenerative farming is presented as a clear, bipartisan necessity for the health of our country, its people, and our collective future.––Daniela Leal
Common Ground is the recipient of the 2023 Human/Nature Award, a prize established to amplify a film that best exemplifies solution-oriented environmental storytelling.
DIRECTED BY | Josh Tickell and Rebecca Tickell SUBJECTS | Laura Dern, Jason Momoa, Woody Harrelson, Ian Somerhalder
PRODUCED BY | Rebecca Tickell, Josh Tickell, Eric Dillon
SYNOPSIS: Sobering yet hopeful, Common Ground exposes the interconnectedness of American farming policy, politics, and illness. Follow the solution-driven plight of Regenerative Farmers as they make a case for soil health across the continent and beyond.
SCREENINGS: (World Premiere) Village East Cinema, June 8, 2023 5:45PM EST AMC 19th Street East 6, June 10, 2023 11:30AM EST SVA Theatre, June 11, 2023 1:30PM EST SVA Theatre, June 15, 2023 6:30PM EST