Last fall, when the documentary King Corn was showing in a NYC theater, we really meant to go see it. Really, we did. But it was only there for 2 weeks, and it closed before we got there. That's why we were so happy to see it will be on TV this weekend. New Yorkers will have an additional chance to see it for free, along with several other intriguing films at the Food Film Fest.
If you don't already know King Corn, it's the story of two urban friends who move to Iowa and grow an acre of corn, trying to understand this subsidized crop that pervades our entire food supply. It's supposed to be terrifically funny and insightful.
Coincidentally, King Corn's producer is also one of the owners of Urban Rustic - the Brooklyn store that specializes in local products. This is a guy who doesn't just talk the talk.
King Corn is showing on PBS - you'll have to check your local listings, but in NYC it's on Thirteen WNET, Friday April 18 at 10 pm. You can learn more about the film at their website, or check out the 20 minute trailer:
If you get inspired after watching King Corn, you might want to grow your own corn or just come back here and tell us what you thought!
New Yorkers might want to go see the final day of the Food Film Fest this Saturday - a free event about food issues, healthy eating, and the overall health of our environment.
After their screening of King Corn, participate in the post screening discussion with the filmmakers, or catch two other feature length films and several shorts. No tickets are needed, just show up and bring your friends!
Saturday April 19th
Cooper Union's Wollman Auditorium
51 Astor Place at Third Ave
Directions: 6 Train to Astor Place or R and W to 8th St.
12:00pm - Opening Address by Borough President Scott Stringer
12:30pm - Screening The True Cost of Food
12:45pm - Screening Black Gold
2:00pm - Post screening discussion with Scott Codey
2:45 - 3:15pm - Break
3:15pm - Screening Life and Debt
4:45pm - Screening trailer Asparagus: Stalking the American Life
4:50pm - Post screening discussion with Anna Lappe
5:30 - 6:00pm - Break
6:00pm - Screening The Meatrix I and II
6:10pm - Screening King Corn
7:40pm - Screening The Meatrix II 1/2
7:50pm - Post screening discussion with King Corn director Aaron Wolf and Greg Schwartz