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Interview: Crispin Glover

March 6, 2014 1:02 a.m.

KPBS arts reporter Beth Accomando speaks with actor and filmmaker Crispin Glover about his upcoming show at the La Paloma Theater this weekend.

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ANCHOR INTRO: People may only know Crispin Glover as the actor who played Marty McFly’s dad in “Back to the Future.” KPBS arts reporter Beth Accomando says you might be surprised to find that he’s a serious artist who has been touring for almost a decade with his films.

Crispin Glover’s film “What Is It?” wants audiences to ask precisely that question.

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CRISPIN GLOVER: In “What Is It?” most of the actors in the film have Down Syndrome but it’s not about Down Syndrome. What it is is my psychological reaction to the corporate constraints that have happened in the last 30 years of filmmaking where anything that can possibly make an audience member uncomfortable is necessarily excised.

Glover says it can be damaging to remove that discomfort.

CRISPIN GLOVER: It’s that moment when an audience member sits back in their chair, looks up at the screen and thinks to themselves is this right what I am watching, is this wrong what I’m watching? Should I be here? Should the filmmaker have done this? What is it?

The four hour evening includes Glover performing a dramatic narration to his books, then one of his feature films followed by a Q&A, and book signing. Glover has not released his films in any digital format because when dealing with taboos he says it’s important for people to see each other’s reactions.

CRISPIN GLOVER: It’s almost a social not experiment but a thesis and you can’t get that if you’re alone at home.

Crispin Glover’s Big Slide Shows take place Friday and Saturday at the La Paloma Theater. For the moment it is the only way to experience his films.

Beth Accomando, KPBS News.