It shouldn’t come as a surprise that Crispin Glover distributes his own films in an unconventional manner, or that the films themselves are more than a little off-kilter.
Audiences most often recognize Glover as the strange character operating on the sidelines, such as The Thin Man in “Charlie’s Angels: Full Throttle.”
Less familiar, but equally eccentric, are Glover’s personal projects, which his Hollywood career helps to fund. Following in the footsteps of the past century’s vaudeville performers, the filmmaker and artist brings his live touring show to movie theaters across the country.
Glover will visit Maiden Alley Cinema, 112 Maiden Alley, at the end of this month. He’ll be presenting “Crispin Hellion Glover’s Big Slide Show Part 2” and his film, “It is fine! Everything Is Fine” at 7 p.m. Monday. He will perform Part 1 of the slideshow and screen his film “What Is It?” at 7 p.m. Tuesday. A book signing and question and answer session will follow both presentations.
The slide shows consist of an hour-long dramatic narration of eight profusely illustrated books that Glover has been making since the early 1980s. Images from the books will be projected behind him as he performs. The plots of Glover’s films defy summarization, but details of their production hint at the fact that they’re hardly the standard Hollywood fare.
Actors with Down syndrome play most of the characters in “What Is It?”, while Steven C. Stewart, who suffered from cerebral palsy, wrote the screenplay and starred in the semi-autobiographical “It Is Fine! Everything Is Fine.”
Although Glover’s non-traditional way of getting his films to the public means that fewer people see them, he’s found that the benefits of the approach outweigh the costs. For one, he gets to travel and interact directly with audiences, fielding the many questions they have about his films. By touring with the shows, Glover also controls the distribution and personally supervises the monetary intake of his films.
And having complete control over the creation of his films allows Glover to work outside the boundaries of what major studios allow.
“Films that are financed and distributed by the film corporations and distribution corporations that currently exist must sit within the boundary of that which is considered good and evil,” Glover said.
But what Glover says he attempts with his self-funded and self-distributed films is to prompt audiences to consider what is good or evil for themselves, without the director telling them how to think about the film.
Glover admits this may make audiences uncomfortable, but he doesn’t see that as a negative. Discomfort can force the audience to ask questions.
“It is a bad thing when questions are not being asked. because these kinds of questions are when people are having a truly educational experience,” he said.
Viewers should note that some of the images in Glover’s films are explicit. Attendees must be 18 or older to purchase tickets. Tickets cost $20 per show and are available through maidenalleycinema.com. For more information on Glover or his films, visit CrispinGlover.com.
Contact Laurel Black, a Paducah Sun staff writer, at 270-575-8641 or follow @LaurelFBlack on Twitter.
Want to go?
What: Crispin Glover presents “Crispin Hellion Glover’s Big Slide Show (Parts 1 & 2)” and his films “It Is Fine! Everything is Fine” and “What Is It?”
When: Part 2 of the slideshow and “It Is Fine! Everything Is Fine!” will show at 7 p.m. Monday.
Part 1 of the slideshow and “What Is It?” will be presented at 7 p.m. Tuesday.
Where: Maiden Alley Cinema, 112 Maiden Alley.
Tickets cost $20 in advance and $25 the night of the show. Advance tickets may be purchased at maidenalleycinema.com.