Slow Food for Thought...

“Defending the earth means safeguarding biodiversity, the landscape and farming. Those who haven’t seen the importance of farming haven’t understood anything!”
Carlo Petrini, Founder of Slow Food

Monday, January 21, 2008

King Corn

Slow Food Northern Ohio has received a personal invitation from the folks at King Corn encouraging our members to get out and see the film when it screens here this weekend at Cleveland Cinematheque. Below you'll find information about the film and screening times.

Several of our members are planning to attend the Friday evening screening at 7:30 pm. After the film (around 9:15), everyone is invited to stop by Nighttown for a beer and post-film discussion. Nighttown is located 12387 Cedar Road at the top of Cedar hill in Cleveland Heights.

Balcony Releasing Presents
A feature documentary by Aaron Woolf, Curt Ellis & Ian Cheney

Showing in Cleveland:
Friday, January 25 at 7:30 pm
Saturday, January 26 at 9:35 pm

11141 East Boulevard
Cleveland, OH 44106
Tel 216 421 7450

King Corn tells the story of two friends, one acre of corn, and the subsidized crop that drives our fast-food nation. As the film unfolds, Ian Cheney and Curt Ellis, best friends from college on the east coast, move to the heartland to learn where their food comes from.

With the help of friendly neighbors, genetically modified seeds, and powerful herbicides, they plant and grow a bumper crop of America's most-productive, most-ubiquitous grain on one acre of Iowa soil. But when they try to follow their pile of corn into the food system, what they find raises troubling questions about how we eat—and how we farm.

The Boston Globe calls it "...An enormously entertaining moral and socio-economic odyssey (and statistical bonanza) through the American food industry." The Austin Chronicle calls it "...As relevant as Supersize Me and as An Inconvenient Truth in the recent rash of documentaries about that challenge our perceptions of daily life in America." And The Village Voice says King Corn is "as much a thoughtful meditation on the plight of the American farmer as it is a rant against our expanding waistlines."

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