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King corn [videorecording] / Bullfrog Films presents ; Mosaic Films ; Independent Television Service (ITVS) ; Balcony Releasing presents ; a Mosaic Films Inc. production ; a film by Aaron Woolf, Curt Ellis, Ian Cheney ; written by Aaron Woolf, Ian Cheney, Curt Ellis, Jeffrey K. Miller ; produced and directed by Aaron Woolf ; a co-production of Mosaic Films, Inc. and the Independent Television Service (ITVS) with funding provided by the Corporation for Public Broadcasting
Alternate Title Additional title on container: You are what you eat
[New York, NY] : Mosaic Films : Distributed by Bullfrog Films, c2007
book jacket
Location Call Number Status
 Videos/2nd Flr  HD9049.C8 U55 2007    AVAILABLE
Subject(s) Agriculture -- Iowa
Farms -- Iowa -- Butler County
Corn as food -- United States
Corn as feed -- United States
Corn industry -- United States
Corn -- Processing -- United States
Corn products industry -- United States
Documentary films
Nonfiction films
Video recordings for the hearing impaired
Physical Description 1 videodisc (90 min.) : sd., col. ; 4 3/4 in
Note - System Details DVD
Language In English; closed-captioned
Performer/Participant Ian Cheney, Curt Ellis; commentators, Stephen Macko, Chuck Pyatt, Mike Majewski, Jack Reid, Ricardo Salvador, Troy Magnusen, Sandra Jaeger, Dawn Cheney, Rich Johnson, Elizabeth Stewart, Richard Shook, Cindy Carpenter, Al Marth, Paul Kepple, Elna Clikeman, Don Clikeman, Diane Black, Michael Pollan, Bruce Cheney, Danielle Heeren, Scott McGregor, T. Oliver, Bob Bledsoe, Sue and Dean Jarrett, Allen Trenkle, Loren Cordain, Ken Cook, Audrae Erickson, Walter Willett, Fraz Mendez, Farida Khan, Sabita Moktan, Earl Butz
Credits Edited by Jeffrey K. Miller ; Camera, Sam Cullman, Aaron Woolf, Ian Cheney ; original music by The WoWz with Bo Ramsey and Spencer Chakedis
Note Originally produced as an American documentary film in 2007
Summary Curt Ellis and Ian Cheney are best friends and ecological activists who met at Yale and learned that their great-grandfathers were from the same small town, Greene, Iowa. Their existential shock at learning that their " ... generation was at risk of having a shorter life span than our parents, and it was because of what we ate" prompts a return to their ancestral home--a farming town of just over 1000 people--to spend a year planting and harvesting an acre of corn. In the course of playing their minuscule part in the burgeoning corn industry, they learn about government subsidies, ammonia fertilizer, massively increased yields, and how the system favors mass production over small family farms. There is also the ubiquity of corn in food, from corn-fed beef to high-fructose syrup that sweetens sodas and other products. The film is a helpful tutorial on American corn production past and present, and an eminently watchable inquiry into the politics of food and public health
Contents We're made of corn -- Strange proposal -- January -- February -- March -- April -- May -- June -- July -- August -- September -- October -- November -- Six months later -- Credits
Note Special features: Resource materials [PDF format printable guides, requires a DVD-ROM and Adobe Acrobat]
Container insert includes resource and website list
Alternate Author Woolf, Aaron
Ellis, Curt
Cheney, Ian
Miller, Jeffrey K
Mosaic Films
Independent Television Service
Balcony Releasing
Corporation for Public Broadcasting
Bullfrog Films

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