Josh and Rebecca Tickell
Josh Tickell is a thought leader in the green industrial space whose career spans a mix of journalism, innovation and design. In 1997, after traveling across the United States in a van powered by biodiesel that he processed in a self-made refinery, he penned the world's best selling book on biofuel, From the Fryer to the Fuel Tank, which has been sold in over 30 countries and has been credited with the creation of hundreds of successful large scale biorefineries. His first feature movie, FUEL won the Sundance Audience Award for Best Documentary, was released theatrically in the United States and became a global sensation gaining over 1 million viewers on Netflix, iTunes, Hulu and CNBC.
He consults on issues ranging from new greentech product launches, to consumer attitudes toward batteries, to legislative strategies, to operations-wide waste to energy technology installations for companies such as Green Mountain Energy Resources, Clif Bar, Yum Brands, Audi, General Motors and William Morris Endeavour.
Tickell has been a featured guest on Jay Leno's The Tonight Show and Good Morning America. He is a regularly featured opinion leader in news stories on CNN, Discovery, Reuters, NBC, Fox and NPR. Articles on Tickell, his films, and green energy work have appeared in the Los Angeles Times, New York Times, USA Today, The Huffington Post, Hustler Magazine, Maxim Magazine, Popular Mechanics and thousands of international newspapers and magazines.
Having grown up in and around the oil industry in Louisiana, Josh Tickell remains actively engaged in the role that oil and gas operations play in the fate of Louisiana's delicate wetlands. In the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina, Tickell lead a disaster relief project for which his nonprofit organization was selected by President William J. Clinton as part of the Inaugural Clinton Global Initiative on Climate Change.
With his wife Rebecca Harrell Tickell, he co-directed the recent Cannes Film Festival movie, The Big Fix. The film explores possible connections between corporate and political malfeasance and the 2010 Gulf of Mexico oil spill. The filmmaking duo then completed their third film, FREEDOM, the first movie ever to include a complete road map to wean America off of oil using affordable, available, scalable and actionable energy solutions.
Josh Tickell holds an undergraduate degree in Sustainable Living from the New College of South Florida and a Masters in Film from Florida State University's School of Motion Picture, Television and Recording Arts.
Rebecca Harell Tickell
You might not have heard of her by name, but you might recognize her face and youĂ˘â‚¬â„˘ve most certainly heard about her documentaries, including Ă˘â‚¬Ĺ“The Big FixĂ˘â‚¬Âť (an Official Selection of the 2011 Cannes Film Festival) and FUEL, the 2008 Sundance Award winning documentary about AmericaĂ˘â‚¬â„˘s addiction to oil.
Rebecca Harrell Tickell is the force behind them, and as a filmmaker, musician, activist, public speaker and author, she thinks thereĂ˘â‚¬â„˘s something fundamentally not working with the way we portray and perceive environmental issues. She wants to change it for herself and for the women, especially, who have been affected by these and other environmental crises. She should know.
After spending close to two years documenting the impacts and root cause of the BP oil spill for Ă˘â‚¬ËśThe Big FixĂ˘â‚¬â„˘, she was left with permanent damage from exposure to the oil and dispersant in the atmosphere. Doctors say she canĂ˘â‚¬â„˘t expose the skin on her neck and chest to the sun for the rest of her life and that, because of the high levels of toxins she was exposed to, that she should not have kids.
But Harrell Tickell sees a much larger issue at play than just specific environmental disasters. Ă˘â‚¬Ĺ“Somewhere along the way we fell asleep. Ă˘â‚¬ËśWe,Ă˘â‚¬â„˘ being the tribe of people who once knew how to survive on planet Earth,Ă˘â‚¬Âť Rebecca shares. Ă˘â‚¬Ĺ“We forgot how to live naturally and intuitively. Mother Earth will survive, but whether or not we will is up to us.Ă˘â‚¬Âť
RebeccaĂ˘â‚¬â„˘s husband, award-winning filmmaker Josh Tickell, is a fifteen-year veteran of green energy, including support for alternatives to oil, coal, nuclear and Ă˘â‚¬Ĺ“naturalĂ˘â‚¬Âť gas. In the last few years the Tickells have made three feature documentary films together: Ă˘â‚¬ËśFUEL,Ă˘â‚¬â„˘ Ă˘â‚¬â„˘The Big FixĂ˘â‚¬â„˘ and Ă˘â‚¬ËśFreedom.Ă˘â‚¬â„˘ At 9 years of age Harrell Tickell was called "a plucky schemer always working an angle" by Roger Ebert of her starring role in "Prancer," the 1989 MGM Christmas Classic with Sam Elliot. Those around her say that not much has changed.
Harrell Tickell is currently in pre-production on two new movies and also founded and co-chairs the non-profit, IĂ˘â‚¬â„˘ll Be the One, and penned the book, Ă˘â‚¬ËśHot, Rich & Green,Ă˘â‚¬â„˘ about redefining feminism and the role of women in the environmental movement. She firmly believes she can heal herself and, that we can turn this crisis around. But first we are going to have to take different actions. Ă˘â‚¬Ĺ“We canĂ˘â‚¬â„˘t keep doing the same thing and expect different results. It is up to us each one of us.Ă˘â‚¬Âť
The Big Fix: http://www.thebigfixmovie.com/