PBS’s Independent Lens is broadcasting (and celebrating) “King Corn” this week

screen shot of Independent Lens web page The breakout indie documentary “King Corn” is on TV tonight and for the rest of the week on PBS’s Independent Lens series. (Find your station and the schedule here.) We reviewed it last year when it came out, but if you never got around to seeing this lighthearted indictment of America’s ubiquitous yellow grain in the theater, now’s your chance to do so in the comfort of your own home while munching on a bowl of stovetop popcorn. Trust me, even if you’ve memorized “The Omnivore’s Dilemma” and think you know all there is to know about how corn has made us its slave — not that we know anyone like that! — you’ll still be amused and informed by the film. Or maybe you saw it but you want that Big Gulp-swilling nephew of yours to check it out…

PBS’s website for the episode is quite a treasure trove of corn-related information, from a timeline of Zea mays‘ world conquest, to its unfortunate use as cattle feed and the transformation of the sweetener industry. Members of the Independent Lens staff tried to eat corn-free for a week, wrote about how excited they were to get out of “corn jail.” There’s also a PBS Filmocracy “King Corn” video contest, in which viewers are invited to submit mashups of the film with their own footage about what we’re eating. The prize is $1,000.

2 Responsesto “PBS’s Independent Lens is broadcasting (and celebrating) “King Corn” this week”

  1. As a follow-up to the airing of “King Corn” in the Washington, D.C. area last night, filmmakers Curt Ellis and Ian Cheney had an on-line chat at the Washington Post today.  The transcript is available at the Post website.

  2. Erin says:

    What has really started to make me SERIOUSLY angry (and it takes a lot!) is this idea that bio-fuels are the MAIN source of our food and grain shortage…..doesn’t the fact that most of the corn and grain that’s grown in this country is used for animal feed and corn sweetener (and inedible by it’s genetic engineering) send a different message?  Sorry, had to rant.  A little off topic.