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  1. For those who care to read the actual interview. . .

    SEAN PHIPPS: So, two different nights of Crispin Glover…I know the films are different each night, but how will the experience vary night to night?

    EVAN LIPSON: The first evening will feature the second installment of Crispin Glover’s “IT trilogy”, “It is fine! EVERYTHING IS FINE.”, as well as “Crispin Hellion Glover’s Big Slide Show Part 2”– an hour long slide show performance consisting of text and images from Glover’s unusual collage-like books. On the following night, Glover will present the first installment of said trilogy entitled “What is it?”, in addition to “Crispin Hellion Glover’s Big Slide Show Part 1”. Glover will also be conducting a marathon Q&A with the audience (typically extending well over 1.5 hours), as well as an exhaustive book signing at the end of each night. If that weren’t enough, each night will also include a preview screening of Glover’s next directorial feature film which marks the first time that he and his father Bruce Glover have acted together (Bruce Glover has appeared in such films as Diamonds Are Forever, Chinatown and Ghost World). Audiences will be hard pressed to say that they aren’t getting a serious bang for their buck.

    SP: How in the world did this come together? Was Chattanooga on his radar?

    EL: I struck up a correspondence with Crispin Glover in early 2013. I asked him if he would be interested in coming to Chattanooga to present his films and he replied that indeed he would be. Fortunately, he covers all of his own travel costs and doesn’t require any sort of financial guarantee, so aside from coordinating dates and sorting out technical concerns, this hasn’t proved to be a very difficult endeavor. For someone in his position, there is an extremely refreshing lack of bullshit in the way that he handles his affairs. Prior to our discussion, I don’t think that Chattanooga was on his radar.

    SP: Will this appeal to fans of “Back to the Future” at all? Or should people approach with caution and an open mind, blah blah blah, etc.

    EL: I think it will appeal to fans of Crispen Glover’s work, as well as anyone who has a sense of fun, curiosity and adventure. As I understand it, Glover’s films were created as a psychological response to the increasing corporatization of Hollywood he’s witnessed and observed first-hand over the past 20-30 years. Both movies are comprised of material that would never be permitted in any present-day Hollywood film. As the title of the first installment of his trilogy asks, “What is it?” What is it about this material that Hollywood producers are so adverse to confronting audiences with, and what is the effect on our society when such material is systematically excluded from the culture? Of course, when one explores and presents this sort of stuff, it can take you to some pretty dark and/or ugly places. Taboo places. Places that piss people off. There will always be some people that take offense to it. I don’t think it’s Glover’s intention to piss anyone off, but more often than not, it seems like an inevitable byproduct that results from being an iconoclast. It’s the price one pays for going where wise men fear to tread. So be it. As the late Dennis Palmer once noted, “If you’re not stepping on people’s toes from time to time, then what ARE you doing?”

    SP: Anything you want to make sure people know?

    EL: I think it’s worth pointing out that these films can only be experienced in Glover’s presence; presented according to and under his exacting supervision. There is no way of checking them out online or anywhere else. It’s pretty much a one shot deal. Also, no one else in the world is making movies like this.

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