What Is It?

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What Is It?
Film poster
Directed by Crispin Glover (as Crispin Hellion Glover)
Produced by Crispin Glover
Matt Devlen
Ryan Page
Mike Pallagi
Written by Crispin Glover
Starring Crispin Glover
Fairuza Balk
Steven C. Stewart
Michael Blevis
Rikky Wittman
John Insinna
Kelly Swiderski
Lisa Fusco
Cinematography Wyatt Troll
Edited by Crispin Glover
Distributed by Volcanic Eruptions
Release date
  • January 27, 2005 (2005-01-27)
Running time
72 minutes
Country United States
Language English

What Is It? is a 2005 American surrealist film written, edited, co-produced and directed by Crispin Glover. It stars Crispin Glover and Fairuza Balk and Steven C. Stewart. As of 2008, the film has only been shown at independent theaters, typically accompanied by a question-and-answer session, a one-hour dramatic narration of eight different profusely illustrated books as a slideshow, and a meet-and-greet/book signing with Glover.

What Is It? is the first entry in a planned trilogy directed by Glover, followed by It Is Fine. Everything Is Fine!, and continued with It Is Mine.[1]


The "adventures" of a young man whose principal interests are snails, salt, a pipe, and how to get home, who is tormented by a hubristic, racist inner psyche.


  1. ^ "Glover's 'What Is It?' aptly describes film". The Salt Lake Tribune. July 2005. Retrieved 2007-02-23. 

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