Date: December 6, 2006
Contact: Margot Gerber
Tel: (323) 461-2020, ext. 115




American Cinematheque at the Egyptian Theatre Presents


Photo opportunity with Writer/Director/Actor

Crispin Hellion Glover at the Los Angeles Premiere of his directorial debut WHAT IS IT? and the Big Slide Show


WHO: Writer/Director/Actor Crispin Hellion Glover,



Actress/Model Malgosia Bela ("Karol: The Pope, The Man"),

Actress Stevie Ryan (AKA Little Loca from,

Actress Dorothy Barton (MEET THE FOCKERS, DOWN WITH LOVE),

Director Glen Morgan (WILLARD),

Playboy model Cynthia Lea,

Model/Actress Natasha Alam ("The Bold and the Beautiful")

Filmmaker Kenneth Anger

Bruce Glover


WHEN: Friday, December 8th @ 7:00 PM

WHERE: Egyptian Theatre Courtyard, 6712 Hollywood Blvd.

Partial Parking Validation $2 for 4 hours at the Hollywood/Highland complex.

WHAT: Photo op with Crispin Hellion Glover

(All Guests will appear subject to their availability)


THE EVENT: December 8 – 10, 2006 @ 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

"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

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: Cinematheque Members $12; Students $15; General Admission $18.

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Publicity Contact: Margot Gerber (323) 461 – 2020 ext. 115 or Bernadette De Joya at (323) 461 – 2020 ext. 116 for photo opportunity.

Please send a fax request for the photo op: (323) 461-9737

Tickets to the film are available on Fandango,


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