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Wednesday, March 19, 2008

A new documentary explores the role of corn in our food supply

ITVS Community Cinema will host a preview of "King Corn," a feature documentary written and produced by Curt Ellis, Ian Cheney, and Aaron Woolf, at the Decatur Library on Tuesday, March 25 at 7 p.m.

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The film, directed by Woolf, follows Ellis and Cheney, two Yale buddies concerned about America's obesity epidemic, on a year-long journey in a small county in rural Iowa. They rent an acre of land and grow a "bumper" crop of corn and supposedly discover that the grain is one of the main culprits behind our fast-food nation. They also raise some red flags about how we eat and how we farm.

“For the first time in American history, our generation was at risk of having a shorter lifespan than our parents. And it was because of what we ate.”

—Curt Ellis, filmmaker

www.pbs.org/independentlens/kingcorn

"King Corn" will premiere as part of the sixth season of the PBS television series "Independent Lens" on Tuesday, April 15, at 10 p.m. Check out a promotional clip of the film here.

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