Crispin Glover comes to town

June 28, 2011

Actor-author-provocateur Crispin Glover brings his most peculiar road show to Little Rock and Hot Springs this weekend.

The appearances, which will benefit the Hot Springs Documentary Film Institute and the Arkansas Underground Film Festival, will consist of Glover presenting a slide show of his published work, a screening of his film It is Fine! EVERYTHING IS FINE, a question and answer session and a book signing.

The film will be shown at Little Rock’s Market Street Cinema, 1521 Merrill Drive, at 7 p.m. on July 2 and at Hot Springs’ Malco Theatre, 819 Central Ave., at 7 p.m. on July 3. Tickets are $20 (cash) at the door, and viewer discretion is advised, since some material is of an adult nature.

Glover, who may be best known for either his roles as George McFly in Back to the Future or for a series of bizarre appearances on Late Night with David Letterman more than 20 years ago, is a prolific character actor who specializes in playing odd, inwardly turned characters — for instance, he portrayed the title character in Jonathan Parker’s 2001 film Bartleby, which set the Herman Melville short story in a contemporary office, and Andy Warhol in Oliver Stone’s The Doors.

He’s also made a number of surreal experimental films, including 2007’s It Is Fine! EVERYTHING IS FINE, which was written by its star, Steven C. Stewart, an actor with cerebral palsy. (Stewart died in shortly after the filming was completed in 2000.) The film, which is only shown with Glover in attendance, is said to be one of the most bizarre films ever made but isn’t simple provocation. Writing in the Chicago Tribune, critic Michael Phillips called it “quite an achievement — twisted romantic fantasy melded with blood lust, as experienced by a wheelchair-bound dreamer.”

For more information, contact the Hot Springs Documentary Film Festival at (501) 321-4747.

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