Two by John Gianvito

Two by John Gianvito

Beginning in the late ’70s, filmmaker, curator, academic and critic John Gianvito has assembled a body of work unique in American cinema for its austere craftsmanship and consistent, pointed critique of crisis capitalism, as exemplified in these two key works: Profit Motive and the Whispering Wind, a history of American progressive movements as told in markers and monuments, and Her Socialist Smile, a documentary on deaf-blind writer Helen Keller that unearths her oft-overlooked legacy as a radical firebrand.

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Two by John Gianvito
  • Her Socialist Smile

    Directed by John Gianvito | 93 mins | 2020
    A spare, quietly impassioned, experimental documentary that, in exploring the relationship between cinema and the written word, brings us as close we can hope to get to the private mental and moral universe of Helen Keller.

  • Profit Motive And The Whispering Wind

    Directed by John Gianvito | 58 mins | 2007
    Inspired by Howard Zinn’s tome A People’s History of the United States, Gianvito’s somber, stirring film offers a chronology of America’s progressive movements as left in markers and monuments on its land, from the scene of the 1770 Boston Massacre to th...