King Corn & Island on the Edge
September's screenings look at two films about the harvest: _King Corn_ is an incisive and funny investigation of the adage "you are what you eat" while _Islands on the Edge_ offers local perspective on food security. We will watch short excerpts of
Aaron Woolf / US / 2007 / 88 ' / English
You are what you eat.
King Corn is a feature documentary about two friends, one acre of corn and the subsidized crop that drives our fast-food nation. In King Corn, Ian Chesney and Curt Ellis, best friends from college on the east coast, move to the heartland to learn where their food comes from. With the help of friendly neighbors, genetically modified seeds, nitrogen fertilizers and powerful herbicides, they plant and grow a bumper crop of America’s most-productive, most-subsidized grain on one acre of Iowa soil. But when they try to follow their pile of corn into the food system, what they find raises troubling questions about how we eat – and how we farm.
Island on the Edge
Nick Versteeg / CA / 2008 / 70 ' / English
Island on the Edge looks at food security on Vancouver Island.
Less than 10% of Vancouver Island's food is grown locally. This film investigates what might happen if the Island's links to the mainland (ferry and air) were disrupted. How long could Islanders be self-sustaining? What kinds of measures should residents adopt to enhance local agriculture?