LOOK BACK: TCFF 2008We’re bringing back one representative movie from each of our past nine years to give you another chance to see some of the movies that make the Traverse City Film Festival what it is-a celebration of Just Great Movies.
Inspired by historian Howard Zinn’s “A People’s History of the United States,” filmmaker John Gianvito creates a portrait of American history by documenting grave sites and monuments that commemorate our nation’s activist heroes. A mesmerizing experimental documentary, “Profit motive and the whispering wind” offers a unique, minimalist travelogue through our nation’s past, taking stops to pay respects to figures like Cèsar Chàvez, Sojourner Truth, Elizabeth Cady Stanton, Mother Jones, and Malcolm X, as well as some lesser-known activists. This perfectly paced, elegiac film stands as a poetic testament to the fallen radicals who helped shape our nation. Winner of the National Society of Film Critics’ Best Experimental Film Award, this film was on many Best 10 Films of the Year lists, including Cahiers du Cinema and Film Comment.
Pawel Wojtasik, Toby Lee, Ernst Karel | USA | 23 min. | 2014