Thursday, December 14, 2006

Crispin Hellion Glover

I had a chance to see Crispin Hellion Glover and his film What Is It? this past weekend at the Egyptian Theatre. I couldn't pass up the opportunity, and I'm glad I went. I found him to be a real savant when it comes to describing his art. I was mesmerized by his slide show prior to the film. He read from 8 of his books, while the pages were projected behind him. There was a dim, orange, rectangular spotlight on him, which cast a dramatic angled shadow onto the slideshow screen. It was breathtaking.

The film was quite good as well. I had some difficulties dealing with certain audience member's reactions of mirth early on, although by CHG's own definition the film is a "drama with humor." I feel most of these reactions were borne from discomfort of watching a cast almost entirely made up of people with Down's syndrome. But after about ten minutes, it either sunk in or I stopped caring. I don't mean to sound like a snob, but I suppose I am a little bit. I prefer a more controlled atmosphere during film viewing. Reaction isn't bad, but overreaction can be distracting.

Ultimately, from arrival to departure, it was definitely worth the 5 hours of my evening.

Here's a picture with me and Crispy, kickin' it old school.
I called ahead to coordinate our evening attire for this photo

Now, on with the show:

12 Dec 2006 - "Where Are You?"


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