Hollywood - Veteran actor Crispin Hellion Glover, who has appeared in over 30 films, 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 BOB BAILEY'S DISCO BALLS will tour his debut feature film as a director, WHAT IS IT? with an in person tour, this Fall. Glover's appearances in San Francisco, Seattle, New York, Chicago and Los Angeles will include a q & a after the film screening and a presentation of his 'Big Slide Show' which features illustration and commentary from eight of his books, followed by a signing of his books RAT CATCHING, OAK MOT, and What it is, and how it is done. 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 pretigious Maverick Award from the Method Fest which was presented to him by esteemed film director Werner Herzog.
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's Syndrome, the film is not about Down's 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.' 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
'Possibly the most bizarre, uncompromising movie ever made by a major Hollywood name.' -- Gilbert Garcia, Phoenix NewTimes
'Crispin Glover... America's Best Psychotic energy.' -- Richard Lacayo, Time Magazine
'What Is It? is an outre, bewildering, unnerving, surreal, blackly comic film. It is brilliant in its sensitivity and humanity and infantile in its excess.' -- Darius James, Spin
Crispin Glover is weird and wonderful... Crazy in a Good Way.' -- Joel Stein,
Glover's books are re-workings of 20 books from the 1800's into new books that utilize some of the original words and illustrations with adding original words and illustrations.
The tour schedule is as follows:
October 20, 21, 22: Castro Theater, San Francisco
November 3, 4, 5: Northwest, Film Forum, Seattle
November 10, 11,12: Anthology Film Archives, New York
November 17, 18 ,19: Music Box Theater, Chicago
December 8, 9, 10: Egyptian Theatre at the American Cinematheque, Hollywood
Crispin Glover is available in person or on the phone for interview. Theatrical press screenings will be held in each city.
Running Time: 72 minutes
Format: 35 mm
Year of Completion: 2005