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FoodCorps (Ian Cheney & Curt Ellis): Rebroadcast

There's corn in our hair? Adventures with food.

Foodcorps ian cheney kurt ellis

Thursday, December 2, 2021
8:00 pm


Virtual Event


Penny Stamps Speaker Series
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Friends since col­lege, Curt Ellis and Ian Cheney are the stars and co-cre­ators of King Corn, the Peabody Award-win­ning doc­u­men­tary about their year grow­ing one acre of corn and see­ing it trans­formed into high fruc­tose corn syrup and fast-fat­tened beef. After King Corn, Cheney and Ellis teamed up to cre­ate the Truck Farm film and edu­ca­tion project, based on a whim­si­cal farm-on-wheels planted in the back of a 1986 Dodge pickup. They are also the co-founders of Food­Corps, a national team of Ameri­corps lead­ers who con­nect kids to real food and help them grow up healthy. In 2011, Cheney and Ellis were the youngest recip­i­ents ever to receive the pres­ti­gious Heinz Award for their work using humor and inno­va­tion to engage peo­ple about sus­tain­able food. Ellis is cur­rently Exec­u­tive Direc­tor of Food­Corps, and Cheney, a Knight Jour­nal­ism fel­low at MIT, recently directed the fea­ture doc­u­men­tary The Search for Gen­eral Tso.

This event is a rebroad­cast of a pre­sen­ta­tion that orig­i­nally took place on Octo­ber 162014.

Co-pre­sented with the Pro­gram in the Envi­ron­ment and with sup­port from the 2014 Goldring Fam­ily Dis­tin­guished Vis­it­ing Lec­ture­ship, the School of Nat­ural Resources and the Envi­ron­ment and the Planet Blue Ambas­sador Program.