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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
Barry Walsh is editor and content director for realscreen, and has served as editor of the publication since 2009. With a career in entertainment media that spans two decades, prior to realscreen, he held the associate editor post for now defunct sister publication Boards, which focused on the advertising and commercial production industries. Before Boards, he served as editor of Canadian Music Network, a weekly music industry trade, and as music editor for As content director, he also oversees the development of content for the brand's market-leading events, the Realscreen Summit and Realscreen West, as well as new content initiatives.