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BIG PICTURE RANCH NEWSLETTER | FEBRUARY 2nd, 2024

COMMON GROUND

WINS ENVIRONMENTAL MEDIA ASSOCIATION’S

AWARD FOR BEST DOCUMENTARY

PRESENTED BY JANE FONDA

Filmmakers Josh and Rebecca Tickell receiving the Best Documentary Award (photo by GETTY / Jesse Grant)

This weekend, Big Picture Ranch’s critically acclaimed feature documentary COMMON GROUND won the Environmental Media Association Award for Best Documentary Film! The award was presented by Jane Fonda at the Los Angeles awards gala celebrating excellence in environmental storytelling. We are grateful to EMA CEO Debbie Levin and her team for elevating COMMON GROUND’s hopeful message.

Josh and Rebecca Tickell on stage with Jane Fonda, Eric and Holly Dillon, Hayden Carson Begley, Nikki Reed and Ian Somerhalder, Laura Dern and Gabe Brown. (photo by GETTY / Jesse Grant)

To those of you waiting for Common Ground to come to your city, we are continuing to add more cities and dates to our tour!


More exciting updates ahead as we build toward a wider release and an expansion of this important movement toward 100 million acres of regenerative land. Stay tuned for how to see COMMON GROUND in the next few months!


COMMON GROUND WINS MORE AWARDS!

COMMON GROUND won not one, nor two, but THREE awards at the IndieFest Film Awards in San Diego including the prestigious BEST OF SHOW. Read what they had to say about the film.


"Blending investigative journalism with profoundly moving personal stories, the film 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.  It investigates the power of “regenerative” farming systems – from large to small scale farmers who are the champions of soil health as the key to unlocking more (and healthier) food to feed America and the world and highlights the contributions of indigenous farmers and African Americans.


It is the hopeful and uplifting story of the pioneers of the “Regenerative Movement” who produce tremendous quantities of nutritionally dense food and are working to balance the climate – all while bringing our entire ecosystem back to life. Tribeca Human Nature award winner.  A film that needs to be seen and a catalyst for change – they provide practical ways everyone can get involved.”


COMMON GROUND also won Best Picture and Best Documentary Feature at the Los Angeles Film Awards!

CELEBRATING BLACK HISTORY MONTH

George Washington Carver and Regenerative Agriculture in America

Dr. George Washington Carver’s life is a testament to the power of determination, education, and innovation. Born into slavery in Missouri in the early 1860s, he rose above the challenges of his time to become one of the most renowned figures in American history.


Dr. Carver’s journey from a humble farm in Missouri to becoming a celebrated agricultural scientist, educator, and musician is a remarkable tale of resilience and achievement. In 1894, Dr. Carver became the first African American to earn a Bachelor of Science degree. Through his work on soil chemistry, Dr. Carver learned that years of monoculture growing cotton had depleted the nutrients from soil, resulting in low yields. Through his research at Tuskegee University, Dr. Carver found that by growing nitrogen-fixing plants like peanuts, soybeans and sweet potatoes, the soil could be restored. Additionally, using crop rotation methods, yields would increase dramatically when the land was reverted to cotton use a few years later.


“Unlike other agricultural researchers of his time, Dr. Carver saw the need to devise practical farming methods for this kind of farmer. He wanted to coax them away from cotton to such soil-enhancing, protein-rich crops as soybeans and peanuts and to teach them self-sufficiency and conservation. 


Dr. Carver achieved this through an innovative series of free, simply-written brochures that included information on crops, cultivation techniques, and recipes for nutritious meals. He also urged the farmers to submit samples of their soil and water for analysis and taught them livestock care and food preservation techniques.”

- The Legacy of Dr. George Washington Carver, by Tuskegee University


Dr. Carver’s groundbreaking research on the importance of restoring Nitrogen levels in the soil continues to inform how regenerative agriculture is practiced around the world today.


His dedication to improving the economic prospects of Southern farmers through innovative agricultural practices earned him widespread recognition and respect within the agricultural community.


Dr. George Washington Carver’s legacy in agriculture remains a testament to the power of scientific inquiry and innovation to transform the lives of individuals and communities. We are honored to tell his story in COMMON GROUND.

READ MORE HERE


WATCH COMMON GROUND

IN THEATERS NOW


2/3 | WAUWATOSA, WI | UWP CINEMA

2/7 | SACRAMENTO, CA | CREST THEATRE

2/7 | PENDELTON, OR | WILDHORSE CINEPLEX

2/16-2/21 | SANTA FE, NM | VIOLET CROWN CINEMA

2/16-2/21 | SALINA, KS | SALINA ART CENTER

2/23 | TAOS, NM | TAOS CENTER FOR THE ARTS

2/25 | AVON, NY | AVON PARK THEATER

2/25 | INDIANAPOLIS, IN | KAN KAN

2/28 | PHOENIX, AZ | HERBERGER THEATRE

2/29 | SCITUATE, MA | THE REEL HARBOUR THEATER

3/2 | NEW KNOXVILLE, OH | THE WAY THEATER

3/7 | SALIDA, CO | THE STEAMPLANT EVENT CENTER

3/7 | BEDFORD, NY | BEDFORD PLAYHOUSE

3/7 | SAN FRANCISCO, CA | PRESIDIO THEATER

3/9 | ASPEN, CO, | WHEELER OPERA HOUSE

3/20 | RALEIGH, NC | THE RIALTO

3/20 | MONTPELIER, VT | SAVOY THEATER

3/22 | CLEVELAND, OH | CLEVELAND CINEMATHEQUE

3/22 | SUN VALLEY, ID | SUN VALLEY RESORT

3/26 | COLUMBIA, TN | HOMESTEAD HALL

3/29 | BEND, OR | THE TOWER THEATER

4/5-7 | TALLAHASSEE, FL | ALL SAINTS CINEMA

4/27 | SHIPPENSBURG, PA | LUHRS PERFORMING ARTS CENTER


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IN THE NEWS

Laura Dern Honored at EMA Awards, Calls for New Approach to Climate Conversation: “The Difference Between Saving America and Scolding It”


After a strike-related delay, the Environmental Media Association held its 33rd annual awards gala on Saturday, recognizing Hollywood productions for their sustainability efforts both onscreen and behind the scenes. Avatar: The Way of Water, Extrapolations, Unstable, and documentary Common Ground were among the night’s winners, with Laura Dern also being recognized with the EMA Ongoing Commitment Award for her activism in the fight against climate change..… read more here

Thank you for being a part of this soil revolution!


We are thrilled to bring the Common Ground Tour to as many cities as possible and hope to see you at the theater! More dates and locations announced on our website!


With gratitude,


Rebecca and Josh Tickell, and the team at Big Picture Ranch

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