The Mads Are Back: Glen or Glenda
Frank Conniff and Trace Beaulieu, the B-movie-tormenting mad scientists of "Mystery Science Theater 3000," take to the stage for a live comedy riffing on Ed Wood Jr.'s confusingly told but heartfelt tale of a young transvestite struggling to find acceptance.
Saturday, May 21, 2016
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"Mystery Science Theater 3000" stars Frank Conniff and Trace Beaulieu, the mad scientists committed to experimenting on their hapless captives by exposing them to the worst B-movies they could find, bring their hilarious movie riffing to the stage at SIFF Cinema Egyptian for this special one-of-a-kind live show. Their movie of choice is the infamous Glen or Glenda, which was poorly written and directed in 1953 by the infamous visionary behind Plan 9 From Outer Space, Ed Wood Jr. Bela Lugosi narrates this confusing but gentle tale of a young transvestite who must come to grips with his identity as a cross-dresser while also struggling to find acceptance from his fiancé and society at large. Despite his failings as a filmmaker, which were many, Ed Wood Jr. still revolutionized cinema by presenting a very progressive tale championing tolerance and kindness toward gender-nonconforming people. After the film, the Mads will welcome audience questions about anything ranging from "MST3K" to puppet construction to the craft of movie riffing.
Ed Wood Jr.'s career flourished throughout the 1950s as the director and writer of several campy and exploitative films, earning him a Golden Turkey Award as The Worst Director of All Time in 1980 after his 1978 death from a heart attack. Since then his work has gathered a surging cult following, and Glen or Glenda (1953), his empathetic portrayal of a trans woman, was considered groundbreaking for its time.
Sponsored by Scarecrow Video
- Director: Ed Wood Jr.
- Principal Cast: Ed Wood Jr., Timothy Farrell, Dolores Fuller, Bela Lugosi
- Country: USA
- Year: 1953
- Running Time: 120 minutes
- Producer: George Weiss
- Screenplay: Ed Wood Jr.
- Cinematographers: William C. Thompson
- Editors: Bud Schelling
- Filmography: The Young Marrieds (1972); Take It Out in Trade (1970); The Sinister Urge (1960); Plan 9 from Outer Space (1959); Night of the Ghouls (1959); Bride of the Monster (1955); Jail Bait (1954)
- Language: English
- Format: DVD