Food on Film: KING CORN

Watch Trailer Director: Curt Ellis, Ian Cheney, Aaron Woolf
Cast: Bob Bledsoe, Earl L. Butz, Dawn Cheney
Awards: Peabody


Series Description:
What’s for breakfast, lunch and dinner are universal questions, and what’s on your plate reveals much about your culture and society. The Food on Film series serves up films that highlight not only the cuisines of different countries but also ways in which the food we eat tells the stories of our lives.

Additional Information:
Each film screening will be followed by a discussion.

King Corn is a feature documentary about two friends, one acre of corn, and the subsidized crop that drives our fast-food nation. In the film, Ian Cheney and Curt Ellis, best friends from college on the east coast, move to the heartland to learn where their food comes from. With the help of friendly neighbors, genetically modified seeds, and powerful herbicides, they plant and grow a bumper crop of America’s most-productive, most-subsidized grain on one acre of Iowa soil. But when they try to follow their pile of corn into the food system, what they find raises troubling questions about how we eat—and how we farm.

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Running Time: 90 minutes90 MIN
Not Rated
This Film is Wheelchair Accessible

Simultaneously nostalgic and sinister, King Corn mixes full-blown Americana with fast-food follies in the Iowa heartland.

James Hartl
Seattle Times
Food Studies Theme