I don't know how this slipped by without me noticing, but today Gothamist plugs a three-day run of Crispin Glover's film, What is it? Though it was never theatrically released, I've seen the movie, because about ten years back, my friend Darius James did a feature on Crispin for Spin magazine and brought a video of it over to my apartment.
I'd reviewed Crispin's album and always found him deeply sexy, so I was super excited to get a sneak peek. Darius fell into a deep sleep pretty much as soon as I hit play. After ten or 15 minutes, another then-friend stormed out of the room, deeply offended because mental illness runs in her family (a fact no one who knows her would find at all shocking). This left me and Rose to slog through it. While I am a Crispin fan and desperately wanted to like it, I found the film kind of unnerving and overly long. I have a strong stomach, but the focus on slugs and dry-humping downs syndrome cases got to even me after a while.
But Crispin is making a night out of this screening at Anthology Film Archives. In addition to showing the film, he's doing a reading, with accompanying powerpoint presentation (!!), along with a Q&A and book signing. Not sure whether I'm going to make it, but I bet it'll be fairly fascinating. Let's just hope he left the Peldon back home.