Filmmaker John Gianvito in Person!
at Amherst Cinema
Plays Wednesday, 11/19 at 7:00 only
With introduction from the director!
"A note at the end of John Gianvito’s Profit Motive and the Whispering Wind cites A People’s History of the United States, by Howard Zinn, as the film’s source and inspiration. But while Mr. Zinn’s book is a passionate and partisan chronicle of American radicalism, Mr. Gianvito’s 58-minute documentary strikes a quieter, more elegiac tone. There is no narration, and virtually no living human beings appear on screen. Instead Profit Motive contemplates the violence and struggle of the past by examining the markers and monuments that turn up in graveyards and roadsides across the country. The calling of birds and the rustle of trees provide most of the commentary, and the effect is somehow to make history more mysteriously distant and more concrete — a matter of stone and weathered plaques inscribed with the records of half-forgotten deeds." - A.O. Scott, NY Times
Director John Gianvito, 2007. 58 mins.
(This screening is a DVD Projection)
Presented in cooperation with the film studies seminar on 1968 and the Social Change Colloquium: 1968 at UMass Amherst