What Is It?

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

What Is It? is a 2005 surrealist film written, starring, funded and directed by Crispin Glover. It is described by IMDb as "The adventures of a young man whose principal interests are snails, salt, a pipe, and how to get home. As tormented by an hubristic, racist inner psyche." 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 in a planned trilogy, to be followed by It Is Fine. Everything Is Fine! and It Is Mine.[1]


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

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