Every election season (and quite often in between) a strange bearded man with a big rubber boot on his head, will grab some headlines, either by glitter bombing a homophobic political candidate, marching within the ranks of the Occupy movement, bull-horning riot police with messages of peace at demonstrations, or promising free ponies to all Americans if elected. This man is Vermin Supreme.
The Massachusetts based satirist has made himself into something of a cult icon in recent years with his zany yet poignant antics and relentless efforts to make the often miserable realities of American politics just a little more fun. In 2011, he went viral for glitter bombing a homophobic candidate from New Hampshire, and in 2012 took up Jimmy McMillan of the “Rent Is Too Damn High Party” as his Presidential running mate. He’s caught the attention of statesmen, news personalities and even celebrities, inspiring the likes of film star Joseph Gordon-Levitt to create this music video in his honor.
Vermin’s escapades have made him something of an anti-hero to many who feel their political views are either unheard or glossed over by mainstream partisanship.
Gordon-Levitt Video w/ glitter bomb incident –
Now from director Steve Onderick, comes a film which explores the man behind the mask…or in this case, under the boot.
When asked why he wished to make a film about Vermin Supreme, Onderick had this to say…
His rabble-rousing is under-girded with an insistence upon a shared humanity between people on different sides of the tracks, and he’s got a way of moving people past superficial differences and toward a more focused, spirited approach to social and political evolution.
Vermin undoubtedly has more antics planned for the 2014 and 2016 elections cycles and has recently announced that Mr. McMillan has signed on as his running mate once more. As to what those antics may be, remains anyone’s guess.