Los Angeles based independent filmmaker Chris Siegel created this fantastic mini-doc on Matthew Silver, better known as the Union Square Underwear Man, or the Man in the White Dress. Most people tend to write off Silver as crazy… after all who would do the things he does on the street, in their underwear? This revealing film shows the exact opposite however, with Silver knowing exactly what he is doing and why.
The reason I perform on the street is to portray the role of the “trickster”, which is confuses people with their reality, between what’s right and wrong.
Silver has been performing publicly for about 3 years, mostly in and around Union Square.
For myself, I always wanted to perform, I always wanted to be a clown, I always wanted to make people laugh. And you can live your life waiting for somebody to ask you to do things, and hope that you’ll be chosen to do that, or you create opportunities for yourself. I always though that the character of the weirdo street person, the clown, the weirdo, the village idiot, was always an amazing character, so I wanted to be that person.