King Corn: The Movie

The movie King Corn examines the impact of corn on U.S. food system and our health.

by Dani Yokhna

The "King Corn" movieFirst released in 2007, the movie King Corn is a feature documentary about two friends, Ian Cheney and Curt Ellis, who decide to plant and grow a crop of corn. They follow the corn they grow into the U.S. food system, as well as explore the impact on our health.

The movie takes a serious look at our farm and food systems, but contains humor and is presented in an entertaining way.

The friends start out their experience by learning about farming and planting genetically modified corn, designed for high yields and herbicide tolerance; they freely use pesticides as part of their farming practices.

Once they harvest their corn and take it market, they begin to have troubling questions about how we eat—and how we farm. The film covers the areas of corn impact from high fructose corn syrup, corn-fed meat and corn-based processed foods–to obesity and diabetes.

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Film Credits
Presented by Balcony Releasing; A Production of Mosaic Films Incorporated; A Film by Aaron Woolf, Curt Ellis and Ian Cheney; Co-Produced by Ian Cheney and Curt Ellis; Edited by Jeffrey K. Miller; Camera by Sam Cullman, Aaron Woolf and Ian Cheney; Original Music by The WoWz with Bo Ramsey and Spencer Chakedis; Produced and Directed by Aaron Woolf; King Corn is a co-production of Mosaic Films Incorporated and the Independent Television Service (ITVS), with funding provided by the Corporation for Public Broadcasting.

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