Film Festival at Mount Mercy showcases ‘King Corn,’ ‘Fresh’ and ‘Lunch Line’

Mount Mercy University will provide a documentary film festival spread over three days and three different films to help bring awareness to issues such as food, agriculture and the alternative food market. The films uniquely display elements that inspire as well as educate, getting at the heart of issues that go much deeper than food. The films, King Corn, Fresh, and Lunch Line, will be shown free and open to the public. Seating may be limited.

All films take place at 7:00 p.m. in Mount Mercy's Busse Viewing Room in the Busse Center, and are free and open to the public. Seating may be limited.

King Corn, October 11
Fresh, October 18
Lunch Line, November 1

King Corn is a feature documentary about two friends, one acre of corn, and the subsidized crop that drives our fast-food nation. Ian Cheney 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, 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. Shot over the course of 2004 and 2005, the film's narrative is rooted in the rural town of Greene, Iowa.

Fresh is more than a film; it is a reflection of a rising movement of people and communities across America who are re-inventing our food system. Fresh portrays a movement that is happening in America and worldwide. The alternative food market is the fastest growing market in the United States, even though it still makes up a minuscule percentage of the food economy, and it's incredibly energetic. Where will it lead us?

The documentary Lunch Line takes a new look at the school lunch program. The National School Lunch Program began in 1946, and now, more than 60 years later, the program feeds more than 31 million children every day. Lunch Line follows six kids from one of the toughest neighborhoods in Chicago as they set out to fix school lunch — and end up at the White House. Their unlikely journey parallels the dramatic transformation of school lunch from a patchwork of local anti-hunger efforts to a robust national feeding program. The film tracks the behind-the-scenes details of school lunch and childhood hunger from key moments in the 1940s, 1960s, and 1980s to the present, revealing political twists, surprising alliances, and more common ground than people might realize. 

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