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Profit Motive and the Whispering Wind

Profit Motive and the Whispering Wind
International title Profit Motive and the Whispering Wind
Year 2007
Running time 58
Director John Gianvito
Film Editing John Gianvito
Photography John Gianvito
Music Paul Robeson, Roberto Cassan, Infernal Noise Brigade, Ani DiFranco, Utah Phillips
Producer

Traveling Light Productions
10 Mt. Vernon Street #3
02476 Arlington, MA
Estados Unidos
T. +1 781 483 3211
F. +1 617 824 8803
E. john.gianvito@verizon.net

Distribution Company

Traveling Light Productions
10 Mt. Vernon Street #3
02476 Arlington, MA
Estados Unidos
T. +1 781 483 3211
F. +1 617 824 8803
E. john.gianvito@verizon.net

Synopsis

This masterpiece by the DJ and filmmaker John Gianvito might constitute an appendix of sorts to the De Oliveira’s tourist visits at the end of Cristovao Colombo, o enigma, in which the old Portuguese couple – as Founding Fathers – look for plaques revealing traces of the continent’s discoverers, in the process sketching an autistic, revolutionary historical theory about Christopher Columbus’ origins. Gianvito explores and find tombs, statues, monuments, and commemorative plaques in places with echoes of killings of slaves and trade union workers, sketching a private history of America (based on Howard Zinn’s A People’s History of the United States) from the eighteenth century to Iraq. The film is a compendium of natural areas in which the most abominable American villains merge with the echoes of the wind (the film’s true main character) and the grass it passes through. There are images of the forest reminiscent of the lush vegetation in Straub and Huillet’s Une visite au Louvre, as well as of the verses of Longfellow and Whitman. Images of overwhelming beauty in tragic settings: how can that contradiction and that distance be solved? Is it even necessary to solve them? This is the crux of a certain kind of contemporary cinema, engaged with History by means of a comprehensive formalization. The important aspect is that Gianvito brings together, commemorates, and presents as heroic every dead person upon whom he stumbles

Director bio

John Gianvito is a filmmaker, curator, and critic. He has taught film history and film production at the University of Massachussets, the Rhode Island School of Design, and Boston University, and was a curator at the Harvard Film Institute for five years. He was appointed Knight of the Order of the Arts and Letters by the French Ministry of Culture in 2001. His documentary films The Flower of Pain, Address Unknown, and The Mad Songs of Fernanda Hussein have been screened and received awards at many festivals. His most recent work, Profit Motive and the Whispering Wind (2007), received the Human Rights prize at the Bafici in Buenos Aires, and the Grand Prix at the Entrevues Film Festival