|Crispin Hellion Glover's WHAT
IS IT? and The Big Slide Show
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Showtimes: 8:00 PM daily
WHAT IS IT? premiered at the 2005
Sundance Film Festival and won Best Narrative Film at the 2005 Ann Arbor Film Festival. In
the same year Mr. Glover was awarded the prestigious Maverick Award from the Method Fest
which was presented to him by esteemed film director Werner Herzog. The film also won the
Midnight Extreme Award at the Sitges Film Festival Spain 2006. It has played to sold out
audiences in New York, Chicago, San Francisco and Seattle on this Fall 2006 tour. Now
Crispin Glover comes to the Egyptian Theatre in Hollywood for a limited engagement of WHAT
IS IT? and The Big Slide Show.
WHAT IS IT?, 2005, Volcanic Eruptions Productions, 72 min.
Veteran actor Crispin Hellion Glover, who has appeared in over 30 films as an
actor, including RIVER'S EDGE, CHARLIE'S ANGELS, THE DOORS, WILLARD, DEAD MAN, BACK TO THE
FUTURE, WHAT'S EATING GLIBERT GRAPE, WILD AT HEART, THE PEOPLE VS. LARRY FLYNT the
upcoming BEOWULF, THE WIZARD OF GORE, and EPIC MOVIE brings his debut feature film
as a director, WHAT IS IT? to the Egyptian Theatre for an exclusive 3-day Los
Angeles engagement. Known for creating many memorable, incredibly quirky characters
onscreen as an actor, Glover's first effort as a director will not disappoint fans of his
offbeat sensibilities and eccentric taste. Featuring a cast largely comprised of actors
with Down Syndrome, the film is not about Down Syndrome. Glover describes it as "Being
the adventures of a young man whose principal interests are snails, salt, a pipe and how
to get home, as tormented by an hubristic racist inner psyche." He also explains that the film is his psychological reaction to
corporate controls of expression limiting the exploration of taboo.
In addition to writing and directing WHAT IS IT?, Glover also
appears in the film as an actor in the role of "Dueling Demi-God Auteur and The young
man's inner psyche." Fairuza Balk voices one of the snails. WHAT IS IT?
is part one of a trilogy. Parts two, IT IS FINE EVERYTHING IS FINE...! is currently in
post-production. On part two, Glover collaborated with Utah writer-actor Steven C.
Stewart, who also appears in WHAT IS IT? Stewart passed away from complications
from cerebral palsy in 2001.The soundtrack makes use of Wagner and Bartok excerpts to
ironic effect, as well as tracks by late Church of Satan high priest Anton LaVey, Charles
Manson and a country track by Klassic Klan recording artist Johnny Rebel.
"Scenes with naked women in elephant masks, Shirley Temple,
Glover being lowered deus-ex-machina style into a Maxfield Parrish scene...It's like
Fellini on psychedelics -- wildly creative but completely twisted." -- Jane
Ganahl, San Francisco Examiner
the most uncompromising and original thing I've seen. People try to compare it to the
likes of surrealist hero Luis Bu˝uel and trailblazer Werner Herzog, but I say Glover has
transcended even them. --Kelly O., The Seattle Stranger Weekly
"It's unlike anything I've ever seen before...the
unrestrained id of an artist at full frenzy, unafraid to mount onscreen what others would
judiciously edit out. Glover's film is like that the fever dream of a crazy person."
--Dennis Dermody, Paper Magazine
"Crispin Hellion Glover, auteur, is a force to be reckoned
with." -- Laura Kern, New York Times
Preceding the film is an hour-long live
dramatic presentation of his "Big Slide Show" which features illustration and
commentary from eight of his books. Following the film screenings he will appear for q
& a at all shows The evening will end with a signing of his books Rat Catching,
Oak Mot, and What It Is, And How It Is Done.
Special Ticket price: Cinematheque Members
$12; Students $15; General Admission $18.
Official Website: www.crispinglover.com