Crispin Hellion Glover comes to town 

Avant-garde film to screen in Little Rock, Hot Springs.

While most moviegoers are probably familiar with Crispin Hellion Glover from his singular roles in "Back to the Future," "River's Edge," "Willard" and the "Charlie's Angels" films, his reputation as a creator of startlingly out-there films and books is more well-known among cinema buffs. His films "What Is It?" (2005) and "It Is Fine! Everything Is Fine" (2007) are part of a trilogy, and have earned plaudits from a bevy of film critics, several of whom have put the films in the rarified company of legends like Fellini, Buñuel and Werner Herzog.

Glover will be in Central Arkansas this weekend to screen "It Is Fine!" at Market Street Cinema in Little Rock on Saturday and the Malco in Hot Springs on Sunday.

"It Is Fine!" was directed by Glover and David Brothers and stars Steven C. Stewart, who wrote the script in the late '70s and had severe cerebral palsy. His character has a fixation on women with long hair, and over the course of the film he seduces and murders several of same, including a mother and then her teen-age daughter. Glover has said that Stewart – who died in 2000, shortly after the film was shot – "wanted to show that handicapped people are human, sexual and can be horrible."

Glover was awestruck by the script, which he first encountered in 1987.

"I am relieved to have gotten this film finally completed, because ever since I read the screenplay in 1987, I knew I had to produce the film and also produce it correctly," he told the Arkansas Times via e-mail. "I would not have felt right about myself if I had not gotten Steve's film made, I would have felt that I had done something wrong and that I had actually done a bad thing if I had not gotten it made."

Glover wrote that "It Is Fine!" "will probably be the best film I will have anything to do with in my entire career." 

Now, before you fire up your Netflix or OnDemand or BitTorrent (shame on you!) to try to watch Glover's films in the confines of your home, there's one thing you should know: Don't bother. You'll only see these films by attending one of his screenings. Glover outlined several reasons for eschewing the conventional model of theatrical/home release for his films.

"There are benefits and drawbacks about self-distributing my own films," he wrote. "In this economy, it seems like touring with the live show and showing the films with a book signing is a very good basic safety net for recouping the monies I have invested in the films."

This model, which he said follows in the steps of Vaudeville entertainers, allows him to prevent piracy and supervise the monetary intake of the films. But there are beneficial aspects of touring with the shows beyond the monetary concerns. After all, how many celebrated filmmakers can say they've been in the room with every person who has ever watched their movies?

Prior to screening "It Is Fine!" Glover will present a dramatic narration of an hour-long slide show featuring excerpts from eight of his books. After the film, he'll answer audience questions and sign copies of his books. You can check out trailers for the films and find a tour schedule at www.crispinglover.com, although squares, prudes and, of course, children, should probably steer clear. Everyone else should take advantage of this rare opportunity to see a highly touted film in the presence of its creator.

Read the Times' interview with Glover at arktimes.com/crispinglover.

Slide show with dramatic narration, screening of "It Is Fine! Everything Is Fine" and a Q&A and book-signing with Crispin Glover.

7 p.m. Saturday, July 2, Market Street Cinema

7 p.m. Sunday, July 3, Malco Theater in Hot Springs.

Both shows are $20, cash only, no presales.



Subscribe to this thread:

Add a comment

More by Robert Bell

  • A Q&A with Pallbearer

    Little Rock’s leading harbingers of doom return with a new album, “Foundations of Burden.”
    • Aug 21, 2014
  • Thursday To-Do: KEN mode

    You've got to figure that a band from frozen-ass Winnipeg is just gonna be way gnarlier and tougher than a band from some sun-kissed tropical clime where people wear tank tops and flip-flops year-round.
    • Feb 6, 2014
  • Bob Schneider at Juanita's

    Also, KEN Mode at Vinos', Red Octopus' 'Trysts and Turns' at the Public Theatre, Mothwind at Maxine's, Patty Griffin at George's Majestic, "Joe Turner's Come and Gone" at the Weekend Theater and Ash at Juanita's.
    • Feb 6, 2014
  • More »

Readers also liked…

Most Shared

  • Department of Arkansas Heritage archeologist resigns

    Bob Scoggin, 50, the Department of Arkansas Heritage archeologist whose job it was to review the work of agencies, including DAH and the Arkansas Highway and Transportation Department, for possible impacts on historic properties, resigned from the agency on Monday. Multiple sources say Scoggin, whom they describe as an "exemplary" employee who the week before had completed an archeological project on DAH property, was told he would be fired if he did not resign.
  • Labor department director inappropriately expensed out-of-state trips, audit finds

    Jones was "Minority Outreach Coordinator" for Hutchinson's 2014 gubernatorial campaign. The governor first named him as policy director before placing him over the labor department instead in Jan. 2015, soon after taking office.
  • Lawsuit filed against ADC officials, prison chaplain convicted of sexual assault at McPherson

    A former inmate who claims she was sexually assaulted over 70 times by former McPherson Womens' Unit chaplain Kenneth Dewitt has filed a federal lawsuit against Dewitt, several staff members at the prison, and officials with the Arkansas Department of Corrections, including former director Ray Hobbs.
  • Rapert compares Bill Clinton to Orval Faubus

    Sen. Jason Rapert (R-Conway)  was on "Capitol View" on KARK, Channel 4, this morning, and among other things that will likely inspire you to yell at your computer screen, he said he expects someone in the legislature to file a bill to do ... something about changing the name of the Bill and Hillary Clinton National Airport.

Latest in A&E Feature

Visit Arkansas

Arkansas remembers Pearl Harbor

Arkansas remembers Pearl Harbor

Central Arkansas venues have a full week of commemorative events planned

Event Calendar

« »


  1 2 3
4 5 6 7 8 9 10
11 12 13 14 15 16 17
18 19 20 21 22 23 24
25 26 27 28 29 30 31

© 2016 Arkansas Times | 201 East Markham, Suite 200, Little Rock, AR 72201
Powered by Foundation