Crispin Glover hates the ending of “Back to the Future”
If you only know Crispin Hellion Glover as a quirky actor with the gift of an unsettling gaze, then you’re missing out on the major focus of his career as the producer of experimental films that lunge voraciously into taboos. And it’s easy to miss, as the only way to see these films is when he screens them himself. This past weekend, Glover stopped by the Museum of Arts and Design for a two-night installment of his slideshows and films, and later this month he’ll return to IFC.
The program at MAD called It Is Crispin Hellion Glover began both evenings with Glover striding out on stage, bearded and wearing a three-piece suit, then giving an intense reading of eight of his books (he’s also an author), each with a first person stream of consciousness. These were followed by screenings, with It is Fine! EVERYTHING IS FINE. (2007), a murder mystery in 1970s TV style that just happens to have a man with severe cerebral palsy as its villain, on the first night, and What Is It? (2005) on the second, where every character but Glover’s has Down Syndrome, and a massacre of snails occurs.