An extraordinary meditation on the nature of democratic progress in the United States, John Gianvito's one-of-a-kind documentary journeys from the gravesites to the public markers that document the people and incidents that make up over 400 years of struggle against economic oppression. Mesmerizingly shot and edited with a dramatically mounting pace, PROFIT MOTIVE AND THE WHISPERING WIND is both a fascinating history lesson and a jolting rumination on how far we've come and how far we still have to go.
"The film recalls the English Romantic poets, who similarly articulated love for the landscape with an outspoken condemnation of tyranny and venality. Made in the middle of the most corrupt and criminally incompetent administration in our history, it murmurs of the hope that Shelley found in the wintry West Wind: `can Spring be far behind?'" -- David James, Film Comment