Directors Josh Tickell and Rebecca Harrell Tickell will release “Kiss the Ground: For Schools,” a 45-minute-long educational version of their latest critically lauded eco-documentary, “Kiss the Ground.”
The new version is free to all schools, students, teachers and community educators at kissthegroundmovie.com.
“‘Kiss the Ground: For Schools’ represents a watershed moment for our country’s educational system,” Rebecca Tickell said. “This is the first time that climate change reversal through regeneration and drawdown will be taught in classrooms – both online and in person. The new version of the film for schools and the forthcoming curricula will provide powerful new tools to students everywhere.”
The winner of over 40 film festival prizes, “Kiss the Ground” is narrated by Woody Harrelson and centers on how human beings can reverse global warming using the earth’s soil as the solution. The film shows how by regenerating earth, humans can stabilize the planet’s climate, restore lost ecosystems and create abundant food supplies. With epic footage shot on five continents, stunning animation and striking visuals from the National Aeronautics and Space Administration and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, the documentary conveys this critical message through the voices of leading scientists, ecologists and experts including Nobel laureates in climate, members of the International Panel on Climate Change, top NOAA scientists and multiple environmental activists including Gisele Bündchen, Tom Brady and Patricia Arquette.
The film is currently playing on Netflix and Vimeo on Demand.
“Kiss the Ground: For Schools” has new scenes not in the feature film including a series of person-on-street interviews with Rosario Dawson and a scene in which Tony Tenfingers, a Lakota elder, describes the importance of the once-prevalent buffalo for Native Americans. The movie is also available with subtitles in 18 languages including English (closed caption), Spanish and Mandarin.
“Rebecca and I are proud to present this new version of ‘Kiss The Ground’ for free and make it widely available online to 114,000 U.S. schools and to over 35 million students nationally and millions more internationally,” Josh Tickell said. “One of the key messages in our film is today’s youth are the best positioned leaders to implement the practices of regeneration and climate change reversal.”
To facilitate the success of this educational release, Big Picture Ranch, which was founded by the Tickells, has partnered with Ro*co Films, a leading distributor of documentary films with an expertise in the academic market.
“As a mission-driven documentary distribution company, we are honored to play a role in bringing this powerful film and resource to all schools, without the financial barriers that too-often limit what students get to experience in the classroom,” Ro*co Films founder and CEO Annie Roney said.
In addition, the film has partnered with the National Science Teaching Association to bring free science lesson plans and student activity sheets to educators and students nationwide.
The new, classroom-ready materials will explore regeneration topics and will be available in late March, just before Earth Month in April. Educators interested in receiving the materials can pre-register at nsta.org/kisstheground.
A DVD version, which includes both the 45-minute education cut and the original 84-minute version, is available free to schools at kissthegroundmovie.com.