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Summary

PROFIT MOTIVE AND THE WHISPERING WIND is a visual meditation on the progressive history of the United States as seen through cemeteries, historic plaques and markers. Inspired by Howard Zinn's "A People's History of the United States," its contemplative style belies the violent history of labor and protest in the United States it uncovers. But it is exactly its carefully considered distance which underscores the bloody narrative it constructs. John Gianvito has become an important filmmaker grappling with secret histories and the need to speak out. PROFIT MOTIVE AND THE WHISPERING WIND was the winner of the National Film Critics award for "Best Experimental Cinema" in 2008. This work, not unlike Gianvito's earlier THE MAD SONGS OF FERNANDA HUSSEIN and later VAPOR TRAIL (CLARK), is an inspiring act of activist cinema.

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