Profit Motive and the Whispering Wind

Director: John Gianvito
Year Released: 2007
Rating: 3.0

Forceful - if simple - 'portrait' of American history through images of the grave stones of our fair Republic's radicals and progressives, coupled with footage of serene fields and glorious nature. The sequencing is basic - site marker, image of nature, site marker, etc. - but the effect is hypnotic: it's more about what isn't being said, forcing the viewer to see the through-line from past to present, from the Thoreaus and Sojourner Truths to the present-day protestors, taking time to take to the streets and let their voices be heard. It's optimistic in that regard: Gianvito believes that the spirit of rebellion still lives on in what's generally regarded as an Age of Apathy. I had to take notes of several of the names in order to look up who they were and what they did: not the worst reaction to a film, I assure you.