Empowering Change: Common Ground Premieres in Chicago

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In the vibrant city of Chicago, a revolutionary event unfolded last night at the iconic Music Box Theatre. Naturally Chicago proudly presented the theatrical premiere of “Common Ground,” a documentary that goes beyond entertainment to inspire a food and climate revolution. Let’s delve into the details of this star-studded film and the impactful evening it offered to Chicagoans.

The Chicago Premiere Experience

Naturally Chicago’s Invitation

Naturally Chicago extended a warm invitation to join the evening of Saturday, November 18, at the Music Box Theatre. The Chicago premiere of Common Ground took center stage, captivating audiences with its narrative on the significance of regenerative agriculture.

A Film That Resonates

Common Ground transcends traditional filmmaking; it’s a movement that strives to engage a billion people in supporting a regenerative farming system. By producing nutrient-dense food and sequestering carbon in the soil, this documentary positions food production as a climate solution. The film features acclaimed personalities such as Laura Dern, Jason Momoa, Rosario Dawson, Woody Harrelson, and other influential figures in the food and farming industry.

Event Highlights

Premiere Details

  • Date: Saturday, November 18, 2023
  • Venue: Music Box Theater, 3733 N. Southport Avenue, Chicago, IL
  • 6:30 pm: VIP Premiere Reception in the Music Box Lounge and Steingold’s Deli next door. Regeneratively farmed food and cocktails served. ($100)
  • 8:00 pm: Film screening followed by a panel discussion. ($15)

Panel Discussion on Regenerative Farming

General admission tickets, priced at $12, offered more than just access to the film showing at 8 p.m. Attendees were treated to a panel discussion on regenerative farming featuring filmmakers Josh and Rebecca Tickell. The panel included local luminaries such as:

  • Chef Rick Bayless, co-owner of Frontera Grill and co-founder of the Frontera Farmer Foundation
  • Stephanie Dunn, urban farming and food access innovator at Star Farm Chicago
  • Rick Clark of Farm Green, an Indiana regenerative farmer featured in the film
  • Dr. Silvia Abel-Caines, regenerative grower at Garlic eScapes Farm in Woodstock, IL, and veterinarian for Organic Valley
  • Jim Slama, Managing Director of Naturally Chicago


The Chicago premiere of Common Ground wasn’t just a cinematic experience; it was a call to action. Attendees were not only entertained but also educated about the transformative power of regenerative agriculture. As the film resonates with the audience, the hope is that it sparks a broader conversation about the impact of our food choices on the environment. Chicago has embraced this movement, and the echoes of last night’s premiere are sure to reverberate through the city.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

  1. Q: How can I watch Common Ground if I missed the Chicago premiere?
    • A: Keep an eye on official channels and streaming platforms for announcements regarding the film’s wider release.
  2. Q: What is the significance of regenerative farming discussed in the panel?
    • A: Regenerative farming aims to produce food while actively contributing to climate solutions by sequestering carbon in the soil and promoting sustainable practices.
  3. Q: Can I still attend related events or discussions about regenerative agriculture in Chicago?
    • A: Stay connected with local organizations and platforms promoting sustainable farming practices for upcoming events.
  4. Q: Is Common Ground only for those in the farming industry, or can the general public benefit from it?
    • A: Common Ground is designed for a broad audience, aiming to engage people from all walks of life in supporting a regenerative farming system.
  5. Q: How can I learn more about Naturally Chicago and their initiatives?
    • A: Visit the official Naturally Chicago website or follow them on social media for updates on events, discussions, and initiatives.

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