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Mip TV Picks 2008: King Corn

Corn - America is drowning in it.
April 1, 2008

Corn – America is drowning in it.

Thanks to a dubious subsidy system that rewards farmers for growing far too much of it, corn has worked its way into every corner of the American food chain. Meat is corn-fed, corn-based foods have become a staple, and high-fructose corn syrup is a main ingredient in just about everything. While that might be good news for corn farmers and the politicians they support, all that corn is making Americans fat.

In King Corn, filmmakers Ian Cheney and Curt Ellis move to the US heartland and, with the help of farming friends and chemical cocktails, grow a bumper crop of this golden bounty. Once harvest time comes, the two filmmakers pack up and follow their crop through the system to try to find out what’s happening in the food system in the US. It’s a troubling look behind the scenes of farming/political policy and what’s going into our food. Partners: Aaron Woolf, Ian Cheney and Curt Ellis, distributed through Cargo Film & Releasing (New York)
Wrapped: October 2007. Set for PBS in April
Length: 60/90 minutes
Rights available: All worldwide, excluding the US

About The Author
Daniele Alcinii is a news reporter at realscreen, the leading international publisher of non-fiction film and television industry news and content. He joins the rs team with journalism experience following a stint out west with Sun Media in Edmonton's Capital Region, and communications work in Melbourne, Australia and Toronto. You can follow him on Twitter at @danielealcinii.