Select a festival
Search The Film Archive
Browse By Director

PROFIT MOTIVE AND THE WHISPERING WIND

USA, 2007 (MIFF 2008, Free Radicals)

Director: John Gianvito

PROFIT MOTIVE AND THE WHISPERING WIND

The other history of modern America.

In this ambitious essay-documentary, cemeteries, plaques and monuments give voice to the now silent leftist heroes who championed progressive movements in the United States. Spanning 17th century battles between Native Americans and colonists, turn-of-the-century labour struggles, and 20th century activism against state power and capitalism, the monuments in John Gianvito's carefully constructed film draws together the historical threads of American activism, braiding a cord that extends from the agitators of the past to the leftist politics of the present day.

“The whole thrust of [the film] is beyond the realm of the abstract for me… It's all, in varying ways, about life-and-death issues that are unfolding around us every minute of the day.” - filmmaker John Gianvito


D/P John Gianvito WS Traveling Light Productions TD digibeta/2007/58mins

See also...

SILENCE BEFORE BACH, THE

Spain, 2007
“There must have been a world… before the partita in A minor, but what was that world like? A Europe of empty spaces with no resonance.” ... In an abstract and almost surreal set of vignet… More »

REVUE

Germany, Russia, Ukraine, 2008
Newsreels from the 50s and 60s bring Soviet propaganda to life. ... Following on from his 2005 film Blockade, director Sergei Loznitsa unearths another collection of newsreels from the Soviet Union, … More »

MY WINNIPEG (M)

Canada, 2007
“Snowy, sleepwalking Winnipeg… I must leave it… I must leave it now. But how to escape one's city?” - Guy MaddinA fantasy documentary blurring the lines between outlandish fact and … More »

MEMORIES

South Korea, Germany, Portugal, France, 2007
Originally created for the Jeonju International Film Festival's Digital Project, Memories is a short film triptych from three very different European directors. German Harun Farocki's Respite is an o… More »

WE CAN NOT EXIST IN THIS WORLD ALONE

UK, USA
Ten visionary cinematic dispatches from two of contemporary experimental film's most uncompromising artists.Ranging from mind-blowing psychedelia to trance film documentary to Scottish hermit ethnogr… More »

© Melbourne International Film Festival 2013.

Site by MeccaMedialight. Powered by Textstem CMS.