Ended on 10/25/2007

KING CORN -  (unrated)

2007 - USA - English - 92 minutes - Balcony Releasing

Directed by: Aaron Woolf

Featuring: Ian Cheney, Curt Ellis


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What makes sodas sweet, beef cattle plump and french fries crispy-crunchy irresistible? Corn! And high fructose corn syrup. America's fast food empire is fueled by this secret incredient.

As this documentary's directors - college buddies Ian Cheney and Curt Ellis - discover, our generation has grown up eating so much corn that if you test their hair – it's actually made of the stuff.

KING CORN follows Ian and Curt to Iowa, where they plant and grow an acre of America’s most powerful crop, and attempt to follow its fate as food. What they find is alternately hilarious and horrifying: genetically modified super-seeds and home-brewed corn syrup, a bumper crop of obesity and diabetes, and a government paying farmers to grow what's making us (and herds of beef on the hoof) sick.

When did a hearty U.S. agricultural policy of "plenty of food" for all become too darn much?

"Makes an offbeat but powerful case that the glut of high-production, low-quality corn is wreaking havoc on America's diet and its environment… Wryly funny and fascinating." - THE CAPITAL TIMES(Madison, WI)

"An enormously entertaining moral, socio-economic odyssey (and statistical bonanza) through the American food industry. Ellis, Cheney, and Aaron Woolf's documentary is clear-minded and fair, but just damningly descriptive enough to leave you distrustful of everything on your plate."
-Wesley Morris, BOSTON GLOBE


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Posted by : Q Date Added: 8/30/2007 12:10:39 AMreport this post 
corn!!!

Posted by : Peter Date Added: 9/10/2007 10:44:32 AMreport this post 
This is a unique and compelling story about how what's grown in America's heartland impacts hearts and bodies everywhere. Our farm policies and eating habits are destructive, to say the least. King Corn is kinda zany and totally thoughtful. I thoroughly enjoyed this film.

Posted by : Peter Date Added: 9/10/2007 10:44:32 AMreport this post 
This is a unique and compelling story about how what's grown in America's heartland impacts hearts and bodies everywhere. Our farm policies and eating habits are destructive, to say the least. King Corn is kinda zany and totally thoughtful. I thoroughly enjoyed this film.

Posted by : steve o Date Added: 9/27/2007 6:06:52 PMreport this post 
Awesome! Saw it at SXSW and am so glad it's coming to theaters!

Posted by : Dan Nuxoll Date Added: 10/10/2007 12:47:52 PMreport this post 
We programmed this film for the closing night of the Rooftop Films Summer Series and the audience reacted with overwhelming enthusiasm. Definitely check it out--it's one of the best and most important docs of the year.

Posted by : Dan Nuxoll Date Added: 10/10/2007 12:47:52 PMreport this post 
We programmed this film for the closing night of the Rooftop Films Summer Series and the audience reacted with overwhelming enthusiasm. Definitely check it out--it's one of the best and most important docs of the year.

Posted by : interesting Date Added: 10/13/2007 4:51:39 PMreport this post 
this sounds a lot like the first chapter of The Omnivore's Dilemma. If you liked this move, you should check out that book. Its great.

Posted by : p. Date Added: 10/20/2007 12:00:14 AMreport this post 
i'm going HFCS free for life. thanks king corn!

Posted by : Marc R Date Added: 12/10/2007 2:40:53 AMreport this post 
This movie is great. It will change the way you look at your plate, your grocery cart, and your idea of what a "farm" is. Good story, good politics. A really fun film, that moves right along--it's compelling without being depressing. Oddball home-grown stop-motion animation sequences, to boot!

Posted by : I missed it? Date Added: 1/24/2008 1:17:44 PMreport this post 
Where can I see this movie???

Posted by : Tory Date Added: 11/5/2011 2:39:04 AMreport this post 
You've hit the ball out the park! Icenrdbile!

     Total Comments:  11   Lowest vote: 3  Highest vote: 5
Average Score: 4.5 out of 5
 

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