The film about Vermin Supreme called Who is Vermin Supreme? An Outsider Odyssey made by Steve Onderick of Minnesota went up for rent on Vimeo yesterday. Right now it rents for $4.99. The film is an interesting look into the only United States Presidential Candidate who is running on a platform where he plans to enforce mandatory tooth brushing and of course give a pony to every American (that they will have to carry with them at all times).
The film starts in Chicago where Onderick met Supreme during the N.A.T.O. protests. Vermin Supreme uses a megaphone to keep the police and protesters from becoming combative and ends up circled by the police. The way Supreme deals with the police is funny and the film shows he has a great sense of humor.
Onderick’s film goes back in time to a news clipping of when Supreme was in high school and was the Mayor of Gloucester, MA for a day. Supreme’s mother, Marianne Taylor, appears in the film and talks about him being in the National Honor Society and wearing a top hat and tails to high school. She also discusses the t-shirts Supreme made that said “Big pig is watching you”. The shirts were of a pig dressed like a police officer with a badge that said “keep off the grass”. Supreme silk screened them and sold them in high school after some students were arrested for smoking marijuana. His mother recounts how even adults bought the t-shirts.
The dental moments in the film include portions of Supreme’s Lesser Known Candidates speech in New Hampshire at 13:00 minutes into the film. At 17:50 Supreme stands with a toothbrush and a man with him sings “I got my teeth brushed by the president.” At 20:23 Supreme is waving a toothbrush at a New Hampshire primary from the 1990’s.
Herman Cain appears in the film and Supreme shouts questions at him while he is walking away including asking how he feels about mandatory tooth brushing at 32:19 minutes into the film. Cain ignores Supreme and gets into his vehicle. Supreme tends to show up at events for other candidates running for president throughout the film.
At 38:15 Supreme is walking in a street in a crowd carrying two signs. One of the signs says “Teeth” and the other says “Ponies” which are his two basic campaign stump speeches. A pony for every American and mandatory tooth brushing. There are many camera shots of Vermin with a giant tooth brush.
“Strong teeth for a strong America” is a mantra said by Supreme during a campaign party in the film. The party looks wild and many different types of people are present that support Vermin Supreme for President.
John McCain actually let Vermin Supreme up on stage during his campaign in 2000 and that is shown in the film. Later Supreme asks McCain “Do you support mandatory tooth brushing?”
“Absolutely. In fact I think that my staff has been has had all their practice with breaking into people’s bathrooms and watching them at night to see if they tooth brush or not” McCain replied.
At one point in the movie Supreme can be seen using his giant toothbrush to clean a toilet alongside another Presidential Candidate named Jim Taylor, who used a toilet brush. “Ladies and gentlemen ask them the toilet question. Mr. Supreme and I are the only candidates who have real world experience. We know what it’s like to clean a toilet” Jim Taylor stated. It probably was not the best use of a giant tooth brush in the movie but it was memorable. From then on the bristles in the giant toothbrush appeared less white and more dirty throughout the rest of the movie.
Supreme takes a giant toothbrush on the subway in New York and inside the train he pulls out a 5-6 inch tall tooth that says “Don’t forget to brush your teeth” over and over. Supreme’s friend Rob Potylo, who is in the subway car with him, starts having flashbacks to when Supreme played that same tooth during a scene in Potylo’s show Quiet Desperation (Season 3, Episode 7). The voice of the tooth echoed in the water area behind Supreme’s house in Cape Ann, Massachusetts off the rocky ledges there.
One hour into the film Supreme is addressing a line of 11-13 New York City police officers astride horses.”Alright which on of you horsies need your toothies brushed? Don’t forget to floss those horsie’s teeth okay?” Supreme tells them.
Supreme wears a tie with smiling teeth on it toward the end of the movie. He actually wears several ties at the same time and that is only one of them. The boot on his head gets shiny when it rains, which isn’t shown in other video or photographs very often. Onderick narrates throughout the film which makes what is going on easier to understand. There are some scenes from the anual Rainbow Gathering in July of 2012 and it appears Onderick followed Vermin Supreme around for at least six months to film this movie. Parts of Supreme’s home are shown in the movie. There are some laughs and the movie makes Vermin Supreme’s motives for running for President much clearer. He is letting everyone know that it does not matter who you vote for because the system is rigged. If you aren’t interested in politics, fringe candidates, anarchy, police, or protests don’t watch this film. It moves quickly and cuts from scene to scene very fast but is interesting to watch.