The Facets Cinémathèque is located at 1517 W. Fullerton Ave. in Chicago. For more information on films playing in the Cinémathèque, please call 773-281-4114. To order advance tickets online, visit the TicketWeb website by clicking here.
Chicago Theatrical Premiere with writer/actor Ian Cheney
"An enormously entertaining, moral odyssey...clear-minded and fair, but just damningly descriptive enough to leave you distrustful of everything on your plate" -Boston Globe
"A worthy companion piece to Super Size Me and Fast Food Nation... King Corn will put you off corn for a long, long time, but this is as much a thoughtful meditation on the plight of the American farmer as it is a rant against our expanding waistlines" -Village Voice
½ "Entertaining" -Chicago Tribune
"Its simplicity is effective" -TimeOut Chicago
Recommended! -Chicago Reader
How exactly does corn get from the cob and into our McDonald's happy meals? That's what two east coast college friends, Ian Cheney and Curt Ellis, hope to learn when they move to Iowa to grow, harvest and track an acre of corn. What starts as a simple experiment in how the food chain operates, plunges the duo into a world of skeptical neighbors, genetically modified seeds, nitrogen fertilizers and powerful herbicides. Ultimately Cheney and Ellis succeed in planting and growing a bumper crop of America's most productive, most subsidized grain grown in Iowa soil, but when they try to follow their pile of corn into the food system, what they find raises disturbing questions about how we eat and how we farm. Taking up where Super Size Me left off, this insightful and commanding look into the use of corn - from grain feed for cattle to the main ingredient in soda sweetener - sheds light on America's addiction to frugality where cheap food and cheap production may be costing us our health.
Directed by Aaron Woolf, U.S.A., 2006, 35mm, 92 mins.
A Cinechat Event:
Ian Cheney will be here in person after the 7 pm & before the 9 pm screening on Fri., Nov. 9.