Growing up amongst the oil refineries in Louisiana, Josh Tickell experienced the impacts of dirty oil processing at a young age. After watching members of his family suffer from pollution- related cancers, Tickell began a lifelong quest to find sustainable, clean energy sources.
In 1997, Tickell set out on the road with a biodiesel powered "Veggie Van" and a video camera and began filming what would eventually become known as FUEL, the 2008 Sundance Audience Award winning documentary film that investigates the possible replacement of fossil fuels with renewable energy. Over the course of his 11 year journey, Tickell traveled the world going to over 25 countries, authored two books, founded a nonprofit organization, and jump- started America's biodiesel movement.
Tickell"s Veggie Van Organization was selected by President Bill Clinton as an inaugural part of his Global Initiative on Climate Change. The organization serves to educate people about sustainable energy and provide pathways for integrating sustainable energy into homes, communities, cities, states and ultimately nations.
His media interview list includes The Today Show, The Discovery Channel, National Public Radio, The Los Angeles Times, and Smithsonian Magazine. He holds an undergraduate degree in Sustainable Living from the New College of South Florida and an MFA in Film from FSU"s School of Motion Picture Television and Recording Arts.
Rebecca Harrell is a producer, marketing director and musician who specializes in youth activism, education and the environment. She produced the Academy Award Shortlisted and Sundance Audience Award Winning documentary film, FUEL. She co-directs The Veggie Van Organization, a national nonprofit dedicated to education around sustainable energy. Working with a national team of experts and organizations including Jane Goodall's Roots and Shoots program.
Harrell is an accomplished musician. Her song, 'Drive,' which she wrote and performed in the movie FUEL, was shortlisted for an Academy Award.
Harrell is the executive producer of "The End of Hunger," a documentary journey into the devastating reality of hunger and how we can solve it on a global level.
In 2004, Harrell co-founded The Eleanor Group, a California-based marketing company that raises money for schools and non-profit organizations. Her client list includes the LA Unified School District and the American Cancer Society. She has spoken to and trained over 10,000 teens and teachers throughout Southern California in the art of fundraising and positioning.
Harrell also has extensive experience in the entertainment industry. She has starred in numerous films and television shows including the Christmas classic Prancer and NBC's "Third Watch". Harrell, who grew up in Vermont, is engaged to Josh Tickell, Director of FUEL.