King Corn: The Movie

It turns out you really are what you eat.

Hey folks, if you’re in Los Angeles I’m really encouraging you to catch the premiere of King Corn, a thoroughly entertaining (and perplexing, I might add) documentary by Ian Cheney and Curt Ellis.

The premise: two best friends from college on the east coast reconnect with their Iowa roots and decide to learn where their food comes from. They take one acre, get some help from neighbors, grow some corn and learn some pretty interesting lessons about this subsidized, genetically modified crop. The real fun happens when they try to follow their pile of corn into the food system. An eye-opening experience to say the least.

My friends at Culinate sent me a screener a few weeks ago — incidentally one of the filmmakers is blogging there as a special guest — and after watching King Corn it really left me scratching my head.This corn questions started for me when I read Michael Pollan’s Omnivore Dilemma, and if these guys don’t get you thinking in real-world terms about our food supply and government subsidies and the farm bill, well, I just don’t know what to tell you. It’s a brilliantly entertaining piece of work, and watching these guys make a homemade batch of high fructose corn syrup might make you think twice before reaching for that bottle of soda.

I sure hope it does.

King Corn opens in Los Angeles on October 26th at Laemmle’s Music Hall 3, 9036 Wilshire Boulevard, Beverly Hills and in San Francisco and Berkeley on November 2nd. Visit the King Corn website for additional openings across the country and please please please support these guys!

FREE TICKETS! FREE TICKETS! Did that get your attention? Visit Culinate to win a pair of tickets for the King Corn premiere in Los Angeles.


  1. says

    Looks like an awesome documentary. I’ve heard and read a lot about it but I hadn’t yet seen the trailer so thanks for linking to that.

  2. says

    Oh boy. I’ve been hearing a lot of great things about this work. I do want to see it but I have that familiar sinking feeling that I’m about to learn things that I’d almost rather not know. You know, like when I learned that baby oil doesn’t really come from babies.

  3. Ashlee says

    Matt! I’ve been a long time reader of your site. Love it! I am so glad you posted about this movie. I don’t know where if I would have found out about it otherwise. Being a Food Science major I’ve become really aware of all of the …shortcomings… of our food system and the many things the average consumer doesn’t know about. Food is our basis of our existence and we need to know the truths about how it is produced, how it is processed, and all the things that go along with it. Thanks for sharing, I’ll be looking for it in the Midwest.

  4. says

    How awesome! As a food enthusiast and a Molecular Nutrition grad student, I love to read books and watch films about food, even when it might teach me about things I’d rather now know about. This film reminds me of a movie I watched previously about how beef is processed before they’re packaged and sold in grocery stores. It was very educational and needless to say, I’m now more careful when I shop.

    And I eat less beef :)

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