DocNight: King Corn
USA, 2007, 88 Minute Running Time
Genre/Subjects: Documentary, Educational, Environmental, Political, Social Issues
Director Aaron Woolf IN-PERSON!
America's fast-food empire is fueled by a secret ingredient: corn. High fructose corn syrup makes the sodas sweet, corn-fed beef makes the burgers fat, and corn oil crisps the fries. As college buddies Ian Cheney and Curt Ellis find out, their junk food generation has grown up eating so much corn that if you test their hair—it's actually made of the stuff. In a tiny town in the middle of Iowa, Ian and Curt 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 seeds and home-brewed corn syrup, a bumper crop of obesity and diabetes, and a government paying farmers to grow what's making us sick.
DIRECTOR: Aaron Woolf
US Distributor: Balcony Releasing
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