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MPTV Cinema Previews King Corn

March 5, 2008

King Corn, a new, one-hour documentary that explores troubling questions about American eating habits and farming practices, will be previewed in the MPTV Community Cinema series at Discovery World, 500 N. Harbor Drive, Thursday, March 20, at 7 p.m.

The monthly film series, sponsored by Milwaukee Public Television, is free and open to the public. The evening will include a discussion of some of the issues raised by the presentation. The program premieres on the PBS series Independent Lens on MPTV-10 Tuesday, April 15, at 9 p.m.

King Corn is told from the viewpoint of two friends, Ian Cheney and Curt Ellis, who graduated from Yale in 2004. Concerned about the American obesity epidemic, they decided to raise some corn and follow its trail into the food market. They moved to Iowa, where both had roots, and planted an acre of land.

As they tried to follow their crop into the food system--from seed to the dinner plate, their discoveries raised troubling questions about the consequences of U.S. agricultural policies. Cheney and Ellis also found evidence that those policies might be part of an unhealthy food culture.

MPTV Community Cinema is one of a number of new services, special events and local programs commemorating Milwaukee Public Television's 50th anniversary. MPTV is a viewer-supported service of Milwaukee Area Technical College.