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The Beaver Trilogy (2000)

In the 1970's, an ambitious filmmaker visits the small town of Utah to film a talent show.

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Groovin' Gary ...
Himself (segment "The Beaver Kid") (archive footage)
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Groovin' Larry (segment "Beaver Kid 2") (archive footage)
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Groovin' Larry (segment "The Orkly Kid") (archive footage)
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Merril (segment "The Orkly Kid") (archive footage)
John Bluto ...
Byron (segment "The Orkly Kid") (archive footage)
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Terrance (segment "The Orkly Kid") (archive footage)
Lila Waters ...
Mother (segment "The Orkly Kid") (archive footage)
Shane McCabe ...
Mr. Larson (segment "The Orkly Kid") (archive footage)
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Carrissa (segment "The Orkly Kid") (archive footage)
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It begins in 1979 with the chance meeting in a Salt Lake City parking lot where filmmaker Trent Harris is approached by an earnest small-town dreamer from Beaver, Utah. Harris jumps at the chance when the young man invites him to come to the small town of Beaver to film a talent show. At the show, the man dons black leather, blond wig and performs in drag as Olivia Newton John. Harris captures it all on tape. What unfolds is a strange, funny, and ultimately poignant portrait of a true outsider. Not willing to let the story go, Harris then created a dramatic piece, "Beaver Kid 2" based on the documentary. This interpretation, shot in 1981 on a home video camera with a budget of $100, features the young Sean Penn as the Beaver Kid re-enacting the same scenario. Still possessed, Harris then rewrote the script, cast Crispin Glover in the lead, and in 1985 created the final segment, "Orkly Kid" as an American Film Institute project. The three pieces were re-edited, compiled, and finally ... Written by Strand Releasing <strand@strandreleasing.com>

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The second short film, "Beaver Kid 2," reportedly had a budget of only $100. See more »

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Featured in Beaver Trilogy Part IV (2015) See more »

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Please Don't Keep Me Waiting
Performed by Crispin Glover
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A truly excellent film
30 March 2004 | by (California) – See all my reviews

I became interested in Trent Harris' work because of my interest in Crispin Glover, so I managed to get ahold of a copy of The Beaver Trilogy thinking that even if the film itself wasn't any good, at least it would have Crispin dressed as Olivia Newton-John.

And I was happy to find that the film as a whole was so awesome and stands on its own. Though I can see where some people with small attention spans and/or a complete lack of taste might have a problem sitting through its more quiet moments at the beginning, I find that the mark of a person with respectable taste can be found in their capacity to enjoy Trent Harris films.

This collection also makes a wonderful companion film to Rubin and Ed. Trent Harris is a great filmmaker who is completely underappreciated. I love The Beaver Trilogy.


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