King Corn Movie Review

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Abby Blakeley 10/4/14 ENVS

Brianna Fay King Corn Movie Review !

Paper: Drawing on your notes above, write a 900-1,000 word double-spaced review of the film for an environmental educator's journal. The purpose of the review is to help others decide whether or not to purchase or use the film for their classes in biology, environmental studies, etc. You should include a broad description of the content so they know what the film is about (2 paragraphs). As part of this description, compare and contrast the type(s) of agriculture, food production, or broad food systems thinking presented in the film with what you saw and discussed on your field trip to the Intervale. Then you should offer critical commentary on the strengths and weaknesses of the film (3-4 paragraphs), backing up your points with specific examples and calling attention to noteworthy elements. Conclude your piece with a recommendation (strong, lukewarm, or reject) and say why you recommend the film or not and for what audience (one paragraph). !! King Corn is a documentary about two best friends who decide to move to Iowa to grow

an acre of corn after finding out through laboratory hair analysis that their bodies are primarily

made out of corn. After the somewhat shocking discovery about their bodily composition, Ian

Cheney and Curt Ellis move to a small county in Iowa where, coincidentally, both had farmer

great-grandfathers, in order to find out how they and most other Americans were "made out of

corn." The two friends convince an Iowa farmer to lend them an acre of land to plant their crop.

They purchase genetically modified corn for planting, and with the help of their neighbors, some

heavy machinery, and lots of chemical fertilizers and herbicides, they end up growing a bumper

crop. The two friends...