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<<< December 7 - 10, 2007 >>>

Limited Engagement!

Crispin Hellion Glover's It Is Fine! EVERYTHING IS FINE. & WHAT IS IT? and The Big Slide Show

 

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Vice TV Interview about WHAT IS IT? with Crispin Hellion Glover!

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Veteran actor Crispin Hellion Glover, who embodies the character of 'Grendel' in the new Robert Zemeckis film BEOWULF, and who has appeared in over 30 films, including RIVER'S EDGE, CHARLIE'S ANGELS, THE DOORS, WILLARD, BACK TO THE FUTURE, WHAT'S EATING GLIBERT GRAPE, WILD AT HEART, THE PEOPLE VS. LARRY FLYNT will open his second feature film as a director, and producer, It Is Fine! EVERYTHING IS FINE., with an in person US tour complete with an in-depth discussion of the film and a pre-screening performance of his "Big Slide Show."

The exclusive Los Angeles tour dates are December 7 - 10, 2007 at the Egyptian Theatre. The film is co-directed with Salt Lake City based filmmaker David Brothers. It Is Fine! EVERYTHING IS FINE., the second installment in Glover's "It" trilogy, began with WHAT IS IT? WHAT IS IT?, which played to sold-out audiences at the Egyptian and venues around the country in 2006-07 will also play once as part of the current tour. It Is Fine! EVERYTHING IS FINE. premiered at the Sundance Film Festival and is the winner of a Special Jury Mention New Visions Award 2007 Sitges International Film Festival. Glover's tour includes dates in New York, Chicago, San Francisco, Portland, Seattle and other cities.

 

December 7, 8, 10, 2007

Showtimes: 8:00 PM Daily

(Friday, Saturday & Monday. WHAT IS IT? screens on Sunday)

It Is Fine! EVERYTHING IS FINE! ((U.S.A., 2007, 74 Minutes, color)  Known for creating many memorable, incredibly quirky characters onscreen as an actor, Crispin Glover's co-directed second effort as a feature director will not disappoint fans of his offbeat sensibilities and eccentric taste. The film is based on a screenplay by the late Steven C. Stewart, who is also the star of the film. Mr. Stewart, who appears in WHAT IS IT? as well, had severe cerebral palsy and communicated the script to Brothers years before it finally went into production. The process was arduous because Stewart's speech was almost unintelligible, not unlike that depicted in the upcoming Julian Schnabel film THE DIVING BELL AND THE BUTTERFLY in which the paralyzed character (based on a real person) dictates an entire book by blinking his one working eye. Stewart passed away shortly after the film finished shooting.

It Is Fine! EVERYTHING IS FINE. is Stewart's psychosexual, fantasy, a noirish, surreal story of a wheelchair-bound Lotahrio (with a fetish for women with really long hair) who has women, literally, dropping at his feet. The film co-stars German actress Margit Carstensen who appeared in several of Fassbinder's films and Lauren German (HOSTEL: PART II, WHAT WE DO IS SECRET), who plays a young woman confined to a wheelchair who dreams of dating a non-handicapped suitor. Glover's parents Betty and Bruce Glover (CHINATOWN, DIAMONDS ARE FOREVER) appear in IT IS FINE! EVERYTHING IS FINE. as well. Preceding the film is an hour-long live dramatic presentation of his "Big Slide Show" which features illustration and commentary from eight of Glover's 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 & Seniors $15; General Admission $20. For more info, go to

"What Diane Arbus was to photography, Crispin Hellion Glover is swiftly achieving as a filmmaker. Training his sardonic eyes on the strange and afflicted he achieves a mad dark poetry on celluloid."

Dennis Dermody PAPER magazine

"The statement Stewart makes in his script - that handicapped people can not only be as sensitive as everyone else, but just as horrible - is made eloquent, if bizarre, via Glover and Brothers' otherworldy vision, rendered via elegant cinematography and a pronounced sense of the strange".

John Anderson, Variety

3 ½ stars! "Film noir fantasy for the unlikeliest of heroes. Beneath the surface lurks the ultimate empowerment movie for the ultimate movie underdog. This is revenge of the nerds raised to the nth degree."

Tony Sullivan, EyeforFilm.com (UK)

"It's like a John Waters film from the 1970s, as Glover and Brothers force you to see this crippled person as a suave leading man. To say the film is weird would be cliché, it's way beyond that the film drew laughs and gasps from the audience. The odd thing about it all - it works. It's actually refreshing to see someone who actually has cerebral palsy in a film rather than some actor playing someone with cerebral palsy-"

Chris Gore, Film Threat

 

Return Engagement!
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One Screening Only!

Sunday, December 9 - 8:00 PM

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

“ABSOLUTELY the most uncompromising and original thing I've seen. People try to compare it to the likes of surrealist hero Luis Buñuel 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: General Admission $20; Seniors & Students $15; Cinematheque Members $12.

Official Website: www.crispinglover.com