Vermin Supreme is best known as the internet meme/ wizard with a boot on his head. Since the eighties, he’s been campaigning on a platform of time-travel research, mandatory tooth-brushing and free ponies. He’s also a well-known activist.
During the 2016 Primaries, Vermin started bumping into Rod Webber, who became known for singing and praying with candidates like Jeb Bush and calling out Trump to his face. Supreme featured heavily in Webber’s documentary about the election “Flowers For Peace,” but soon Vermin needed a documentary of his own.
Supreme chases after Ted Cruz, Chris Christie and other political figures, challenging them to debate, and cornering them on their positions regarding free ponies and toothbrushing. At the conventions, Webber is raided by the FBI. Black Bloc clash with the alt-right, and things are tense. But Supreme and Webber patrol the streets making mirth and merriment, to deescalate.
By the end of the movie they find themselves in the middle of some very dangerous
situations at Standing Rock. As part of his campaigning, Supreme asks Sean Astin and Elijah Wood from “Lord of the Rings” to participate in a faux campaign commercial in which Narnia would wage war on Middle Earth.
“This Is Vermin Supreme” is a documentary about the man, the myth, the legend… Vermin
Supreme. In part, a follow-up to “Who is Vermin Supreme,” directed by Steve Onderick, the new film was culled together from footage pulled from Rod Webber’s “Flowers For Peace”
documentary covering the 2016 election.
For the uninitiated, Vermin Supreme is a political activist and satirist who rose to fame in 2012 after sprinkling glitter dust on his opponent at a debate during the New Hampshire primaries. He did so while wearing a boot on his head. Since the late 1980s he’s been campaigning on a platform of time-travel research, mandatory tooth-brushing laws and free ponies.
Aside from spurring countless memes, the glitter dust incident was made into a song by Joseph GordonLevitt and Songify The News, which only increased Vermin’s popularity, and has lead to appearances in indie films and seemingly non-stop news coverage during election years-- because, what better punchline than “Vermin Supreme?”
When the 2016 Primaries rolled along, Vermin started bumping into Rod Webber with his weird outfits and flowers in his beard, who became known for singing songs and praying for peace with the likes of Jeb Bush, Lindsey Graham, John McCain and John Kasich. Webber, it so happened, was filming a documentary, in which Supreme became a part. However, there was so much footage of Vermin, that it was decided he needed his own documentary.
Supreme, a master troll chases after Marco Rubio, Ted Cruz, and other political figures,
challenging them to debate him, and cornering them on their positions regarding free ponies. At one point, Webber and Supreme serenade Chris Christie with a cover of “Born to Run,” who as a result is afraid to come off of his tour bus. The next day, Christie dropped out of the race.
When the primaries wrapped up, Vermin came in fourth place just behind Hillary Clinton and Martin O’Malley. At the conventions, things get tense. 5000 police are militarized for the RNC, and on the third day, Webber is raided by the FBI. The Rev-Coms and Antifa clash with the alt-right, and militia groups on a the tail of the Dallas shooting bring another layer of tension. But, this is not Vermin Supreme’s first rodeo. He patrols the streets making mirth and merriment, and de-escalates what would have otherwise been dangerous situations. Amidst the flag-burnings, (which seemed to happen around the clock), Vermin got his hands on an American flag hat, and set it ablaze, declaring, “it’s not a flag, it’s just a hat.”
As part of his absurdist campaigning activities, Supreme put Webber to the task of tracking down Sean Astin and Elijah Wood from “Lord of the Rings” to ask them to participate in a faux campaign commercial in which the fictional land of Narnia would wage war with the people of Middle Earth. Supreme asked them to reprise their roles from the film series. Sean Astin very enthusiastically participated.
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