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VIP Sneak-Peek Screening at The Bishop Explores the Power of Our Soil


On Jan. 14, The Bishop invites you to explore soil’s central role in sustaining humanity during a private, VIP, sneak-peek screening of Kiss the Ground, a feature-length film narrated by Woody Harrelson that looks at the impact of soil.

What: Sneak-peek screening of “Kiss the Ground” and Q&A with Co-Directors Josh and Rebecca Tickell, sponsored by Grace and Elizabeth Moore

When: 7 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 14

Cost: $5 for members of The Bishop’s Discovery Society; $8 for all others. Wine, beer, soft drinks and snacks available for purchase.

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Highlighting this underappreciated but essential resource, the film features interviews with celebrity chefs, ranchers, farmers and top scientists, and shows viewers how they can become agents in reversing climate change through the choices they make in how and what to eat. Kiss the Ground also explores how to bring back soil by supporting its biological life — leading to carbon sequestration, water restoration, abundant natural food, restored thriving ecosystems and farmer prosperity.

The screening will include a Q&A session with award-winning Co-Directors Josh and Rebecca Tickell. The showing is sponsored by Grace and Elizabeth Moore.

“One of the goals of our Mosaic Backyard Universe exhibition is to encourage people to explore and understand the world right outside their door,” said Tish Sacks, Director of Education at The Bishop Museum of Science and Nature. “What could be more relevant than the ecosystems in the soil beneath their feet?”

About the Directors

Josh Tickell is the author of four books and has worked on environmental issues for more than 20 years. His career spans a unique mixture of science, political activism, investigative journalism and filmmaking. His directorial debut film, FUEL, is the 2008 Sundance Audience Award winning documentary that investigates the possible replacement of fossil fuels with renewable energy.

For his rescue mission in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina in Louisiana, Tickell’s nonprofit organization was selected by President Bill Clinton as an inaugural part of his Global Initiative on Climate Change.

As a film director, Tickell has worked with actors such as David Arquette, Woody Harrelson, Amy Smart, Michelle Rodriguez, Peter Fonda, Pierce Brosnan and Dan Aykroyd.  He holds an MFA in film from Florida State University’s Film School. He is a regular guest on talk shows and gives keynote presentations internationally on sustainability, millennials and filmmaking.

Josh also regularly consults with large corporations and governments on climate and sustainability and the future of energies, fuels, trends and technologies. Josh has been called one of the very best keynote speakers on these topics.

Rebecca Tickell is a director, producer and environmental author and activist. She produced the Sundance Audience Award Winning movie FUEL, and co-directed/produced The Big Fix, an official selection of the 2011 Cannes Film Festival. She spent several years documenting the impacts and root cause of the BP oil spill. While investigating the spill she became ill and was left with permanent damage from exposure to the oil and dispersant in the atmosphere.

Her directorial debut with husband Josh was the critically acclaimed documentary Pump, narrated by Jason Bateman. She directed the John Paul DeJoria story, Good Fortune, as well as the forthcoming Down to Earth and The Revolution Generation.

She is the author of Hot, Rich & Green, a book about redefining feminism and the role of women in the environmental movement.

As a child, she starred in Orion (now MGM)’s Christmas classic movie, Prancer. Rebecca Harrell Tickell is an active member of the Producers’ Guild of America where she has spoken on the topic of Green Film Production.