‘Common Ground’ wins the Cinema for Peace Awards’ 2024 International Green Film Award 

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Finian Makepeace
Finian Makepeace. Photo Credit: Nicole Granados

“Common Ground” wins the Cinema for Peace Awards’ 2024 International Green Film Award. #Powerjournalist Markos Papadatos has the recap.

Finian Makepeace, Co-Founder of Kiss the Ground, and a producer of Common Ground attend the event, and accepted the award on behalf of “Common Ground.”

Kiss the Ground is an education and media environmental nonprofit behind the film. With Kiss the Ground, Finian recently led the “Regenerate America” campaign with over 130 organizations, brands, and farm groups to ensure robust support for regenerative agriculture in the U.S. Farm Bill. The US Secretary of Agriculture recently credited Finian and Kiss the Ground as the reason he prioritized soil health during his second term. 

The environmental documentary “Common Ground” was directed and produced by Joshua Tickell and Rebecca Harrell Tickell. It has won the Cinema for Peace Awards International Green Film Award, which was  announced at the Cinema for Peace gala in Berlin on February 19, 2024.

Cinema Peace Awards will be presented to  Pope Francis via zoom, in person attending the Gala and receiving Peace Awards will be former USA Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton and former UN Chief Ban Ki-Moon,  President of Ukraine Volodynyr Zelenskyy.

The Cinema for Peace prizes will be given by Sharon Stone, Nobel Peace Prize-winning human rights lawyer Oleksandra atviichuk, and Irish singer-songwriter and political activist Bob Geldof. 

Cinema for Peace Award for The Pope, President Zelenskyy, and Filmmaker Afineevsky for contributions to the freedom of Ukraine and humanitarian efforts to protect civilians and children / dedicated to the children who lost their lives in the war in Ukraine

The GALA guest list features Actors Helen Mirren, Omar Sy, Mario Adorf, Veronica Ferres, Thomas Kretschmann, Nastassja Kinski, Didi Hallervorden, Ben Becker, Jan Josef Liefers and the German band The BossHoss.

Further invitees include Annalena Baerbock, Germany’s first-ever female Foreign Minister, Finance Minister Christian Lindner and journalist Marina Ovsyannikova, who rose to fame after she protested against Russia’s invasion of Ukraine on a live news bulletin.

To learn more about “Common Ground,” check out its official website.

“Common Ground…is an urgent call to action that takes chemical companies to task for selling toxic products, explains specific methods for regenerative agriculture, and shows a plan for how to put farmers back to work and stabilize the climate,” actor Woody Harrelson wrote in an Op-Ed about the documentary. “The film has a unifying, non-partisan message. In essence, Common Ground is a blueprint for securing our future.”

Common Ground (a follow-up to ‘Kiss The Ground’) features celebrity actors, activists, and philanthropists Rosario Dawson, Laura Dern, Donald Glover, Woody Harrelson, Jason Momoa, and Ian Somerhalder, along with interviews with farmers, ranchers, leading scientists and educators, allies and beyond.

The film, presented by Big Picture Ranch and Area 23A, initially opened in select theaters on September 29, captivating audiences nationwide. The documentary is among the top 10 highest-grossing independent limited-release documentaries of 2023.

AWARDS: In addition to the EMA award, the film recently earned the 2024 Palm Springs International Film Festival’s Best Documentary Feature Audience Award and received accolades such as the 2023 Tribeca Festival’s Human/Nature Award, where it made its world premiere.

This is the highly anticipated sequel to the juggernaut success documentary, Kiss the Ground, which touched over 1 billion people globally and, in coordination with the nonprofit, inspired the US Department of Agriculture (USDA) to put $20 billion toward soil health.

Josh and Rebecca Tickell are a multi-award-winning filmmaking couple who specialize in films that present solutions to big environmental problems including “Fuel”, “The Big Fix”, “Pump”, “Good Fortune”, “On Sacred Ground,” “Regenerate Ojai”, and “Kiss the Ground” (Netflix / Woody Harrelson).

Big Picture Ranch films have been shown in the White House and have won over 100 prestigious film and humanitarian awards.