King Corn

King Corn

Ian Cheney
Director: Aaron Woolf Cast: Ian Cheney
Ian Cheney
, Curt Ellis
Curt Ellis
, Stephen Macko
Stephen Macko
Aaron Woolf


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Two friends with one year to spare and a deep curiosity about the American food distribution system set out to grow an acre of corn and see what becomes of their crop in director Aaron Woolf's agriculturally themed documentary. Ian Cheney and Curt Ellis are best friends from college who have decided to move from the East Coast to the Midwest in hopes of getting a better idea where the food they consume on a daily basis actually comes from. Corn is America's most productive and subsidized grain. Upon relocating to Iowa, the pair seeks out the assistance of friends and neighbors in procuring the land, seeds, fertilizers, and herbicides needed to grow a one-acre bumper crop of this highly versatile commodity. As their maize is harvested and the sometimes-troubling realities of modern faming begin to emerge, the pair sets off on a mission to track the progress of their product and find out just how it is used to create a variety of different food products. What emerges is an informative and at times disturbing account of both the food Americans so readily consume without so much as a second thought, and the alarming state of the contemporary agricultural industry.

Product Details

Release Date: 11/09/2010
UPC: 0767685236567
Original Release: 2007
Source: New Video Group
Time: 1:30:00

Special Features

Deleted Scenes: Chicago: Hauling the Harvest to the Board Of Trade; Washington, DC: Talking Corn on Capitol Hill; Boston: A New Boston Tea Party; ; Featurettes: The King Corn in the Corn Belt Tour; The Lost Basement Lectures; WoWz Music Video; Photo Gallery; Filmmaker Biographies

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Ian Cheney Participant
Curt Ellis Participant
Stephen Macko Participant
Chuck Pyatt Participant
Ricardo Salvador Participant
Dawn Cheney Participant
Rich Johnson Participant
Al Marth Participant
Michael Pollan Participant
Scott McGregor Participant
Bob Bledsoe Participant
Sue Jarrett Participant
Dean Jarrett Participant
Allen Trenkele Participant
Loren Cordain Participant
Audrae Erickson Participant
Fray Mendez Participant
Farida Khan Participant
Sabita Moktan Participant
Earl Butz Participant

Technical Credits
Aaron Woolf Director,Cinematographer,Producer,Screenwriter
Richard Bock Editor,Sound/Sound Designer
Spencer Chakedis Score Composer
Ian Cheney Cinematographer,Co-producer,Screenwriter
Sam Cullman Cinematographer
Curt Ellis Co-producer,Screenwriter
Sally Jo Fifer Executive Producer
Jeffrey K. Miller Editor,Screenwriter
Bo Ramsey Score Composer
WoWz Score Composer

Scene Index

Disc #1 -- King Corn
2. January [2:17]
3. February [5:54]
4. March [3:45]
5. April [3:33]
6. May [4:32]
7. June [2:36]
8. July [3:34]
9. August [15:10]
10. September [17:54]
11. October [9:55]
12. November [4:21]
13. Later [5:46]
1. Chicago [3:04]
2. Washington [6:48]
3. Boston [1:20]
4. Iowa [6:28]
1. Civilization [1:27]
2. Security [1:03]
3. Abundance [1:57]
4. Control [1:09]
5. Freedom [1:14]
6. Variety [1:13]
7. Convenience [1:17]
8. Corn [1:18]
Disc #2 -- Big River
1. Opening [2:33]
2. Pesticides [3:46]
3. Topsoil [3:28]
4. Fertilizer Factory [2:46]
5. Water Works [3:10]
6. Hypoxia [3:20]
7. Heartland [7:53]

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