An Evening with John Gianvito
Monday, February 23, 2009, 7:00 p.m.
Theater 2 (The Roy and Niuta Titus Theater 2), T2
Includes the following film:
Profit Motive and the Whispering Wind
2007. USA. Directed by John Gianvito. Gianvito's moving film, a cinematic retelling of Howard Zinn's book A People's History of the United States, powerfully fuses poetry and politics. Vestiges of this country's political heritage are resurrected through shots of gravestones and other public memorials, static compositions that are stunning in their elegant beauty and historical scope. Spanning the colonial period to the present day, Gianvito's film honors such icons as Sojourner Truth, Malcolm X, and Henry David Thoreau, together with forgotten figures, represented only by a set of dates, an occasional quote, or a brief summary of their lifes work. 58 min.
Filmmaker John Gianvito introduces his latest film, presented as part of Documentary Fortnight 2009. Following the screening, Gianvito will engage in a discussion with Marita Sturken, professor in the Department of Media, Culture, and Communication at New York University, where she teaches courses in visual culture, cultural studies, cultural memory, and consumerism. She is the author of several books, including Tangled Memories: The Vietnam War, the AIDS Epidemic, and the Politics of Remembering.
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