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New Event: Movie: King Corn

From: Robyn
Sent on: Monday, October 1, 2007 11:17 AM
Announcing a new event for The Metro NYC Environmental Meetup!

What: Movie: King Corn

When: Friday, October 19, 6:00 PM

Where: Click the link below to find out!

Event Description: Let's join The New York City Social Justice Dinner & Movie Meetup for this film.

Movie: "King Corn" at Cinema Village, Friday, October 19 at TBD
Cinema Village

Afterward, we'll walk to the organic/macrobiotic restaurant Souen (210 Sixth Ave at Prince St / Tel:[masked]) to discuss the film over dinner.

Please be prepared to:

* Update your RSVP (day-of "Maybe"s will be considered "No"s)
* Arrive on time and look for familiar faces
* Pay for your meal, computing 30% for tax and gratuity

Optional, yet recommended:

* Buy your ticket in advance to save time and guarantee yourself a seat (tix should be available soon)

More info from the Cinema Village website:

What makes sodas sweet, beef cattle plump and french fries so crispy-crunchy irresistible? Not sugar. Corn! And high fructose corn syrup. America's fast food empire is fueled by this secret incredient.

As this documentary's directors - college buddies Ian Cheney and Curt Ellis - discover, our generation has grown up eating so much corn that if you test their hair - it's actually made of the stuff.

KING CORN follows Ian and Curt to Iowa, where they plant and grow an acre of America?s most powerful crop, and attempt to follow its fate as food. What they find is alternately hilarious and horrifying: genetically modified super-seeds and home-brewed corn syrup, a bumper crop of obesity and diabetes, and a government paying farmers to grow what's making us (and herds of beef on the hoof) sick.

When did a hearty U.S. agricultural policy of "plenty of food" for all become too darn much?

"KING CORN is as relevant as SUPER SIZE ME and as important as AN INCONVENIENT TRUTH in the recent rash of documentaries that challenge our perceptions of daily life in America." - -Melanie Haupt, AUSTIN CHRONICLE

"Makes an offbeat but powerful case that the glut of high-production, low-quality corn is wreaking havoc on America's diet and its environment? Wryly funny and fascinating." - THE CAPITAL TIMES(Madison, WI)

"A jauntily hip analysis of the path corn takes from Iowa cornfields to the ultimate ruination of agriculture and American health?Corn can be funny, it turns out, even if it's destroying us all." - EYE WEEKLY (TORONTO)

"An enormously entertaining moral, socio-economic odyssey (and statistical bonanza) through the American food industry. Ellis, Cheney, and Aaron Woolf's documentary is clear-minded and fair, but just damningly descriptive enough to leave you distrustful of everything on your plate."
-Wesley Morris, BOSTON GLOBE.

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