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Watch: Crispin Glover Auditions in Exclusive Clip From Sundance Documentary ‘Beaver Trilogy Part IV’

In 1979, Trent Harris, a television producer in Salt Lake City began a project that would eventually become The Beaver Trilogy, a documentary which ultimately didn’t premiere until 2001 at the Sundance Film Festival. Featuring a performer who was then depicted by Sean Penn and Crispin Glover in later enactments, it’s a strange, reality-blurring tale, and the perfect story to capture in its very own documentary.

Director Brad Besser has done just that with Beaver Trilogy Part IV, which premiered at Sundance Film Festival last year — nearly 15 years after the original film debuted there — and is now arriving on VOD this week. Narrated by Bill Hader as it explores the making of the cult classic, we’re pleased to debut an exclusive clip which shows of Glover’s participation in the original film. Check it out below, along with the trailer.

Trent Harris is the director of offbeat comedies such
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Sliff 2015 Interview: Trent Harris – Director of The Beaver Trilogy

Director Trent HarrisThe Beaver Trilogy screens at The St. Louis International Film Festival Saturday, November 14h at 7:30pm at Webster University’s Moore Auditorium. Harris will be in attendance and will receive a Contemporary Cinema Award. Ticket information can be found Here. It will be on a double bill with director Brad Besser’s The Beaver Trilogy Part 4. Trent Harris will also attend a screening of his 1995 science fiction comedy/musical Plan 10 From Outer Space on Sunday November 15th at 6:30pm at Webster University’s Moore Auditorium. Ticket information for that can be found Here.

The long, odd tale of director Trent HarrisThe Beaver Trilogy begins in 1979 with the chance meeting between Harris and an earnest small-town dreamer from Beaver, Utah. Charmed and amused, Harris soon accepts the stranger’s invitation to come to the small town of Beaver to film a talent show, where
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A Fiend’s Guide to the 2015 St. Louis International Film Festival

The 2015 St. Louis International Film Festival, also known as Sliff, has begun. Even though Alex Winter couldn’t bring Freaked in town, he did bring his two great tech documentaries, Downloaded and Deep Web – in addition to being awesome to us and presenting Bill & Ted’s Excellent Adventure. Sliff has a robust schedule full of independent and foreign cinema along with some mainstream affair like Legend starring Tom Hardy and some possible future Oscar contenders like Carol. However, since we are a horror website, we are going to highlight some films that should definitely be on your radar!

Feature Films

The Nameless

Filmed in “The Exorcist House” here in St. Louis, which most of you might have seen last weekend during Discovery Channel’s laughable Exorcism: Live!, this thriller borrows from the premise that The Exorcist was based out of by having a main character, Amy, return to the house
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Loft Film Fest in Tucson Initiates First American Cicae Art Cinema Awards

The Loft Film Fest is the first American festival member of the International Confederation of Art Cinemas (Cicae), which brings together more than 3,000 screens and approximately 16 festivals across Europe and around the world to promote the production and exhibition of quality independent films from all countries in all countries.

The Cicae award is designed to bring attention to excellent films in order for them to be seen in art houses around the world. The Cicae award is given out at festivals including the Berlinale Forum and Panorama, the Sarajevo International Film Festival, the Cannes Directors’ Fortnight.

The Loft Film Fest jury for documentary features includes Peter Belsito, film biz consultant, fest panelist and guest blogger for SydneysBuzz on Indiewire, actress/writer/producer Yareli Arizmendi ("Like Water for Chocolate," "A Day Without a Mexican") and Beverly Seckinger, director of University of Arizona Center for Documentary and Docscapes.

The short film jury includes Francesco Clerici, director of "Hand Gestures," Max Cannon, creator of the alternative comic strip "Red Meat", and Lupita Murillo of Kvoa News 4 Tucson.

The documentaries in competition are:

"Florence, Arizona"

Florence, Arizona is a cowboy town with a prison problem. Founded in 1866, this bastion of the Wild West is home to 8,500 civilians and 17,000 inmates spread over nine prisons. Through an unconventional lens, the documentary film "Florence, Arizona" weaves together the stories of four key residents of Florence, whose lives have all been shadowed in some way by the surrounding prison industrial complex. The result is an intricately crafted cinematic tapestry, threaded through with deep strands of Americana, humor, intimacy, and pathos, revealing as much about ourselves as it does about our modern carceral state. (Dir. by Andrea B. Scott, 2014, USA, 78 mins., Not Rated) Official Selection: Doc NYC

"Chuck Norris vs. Communism"

In the 1980s, under the Nicolae Ceaușescu regime, Romanians suffered from little access to foreign goods as well as an information blackout the Communist bureaucrats used to ensure ideological purity. But in clandestine screenings at neighbors’ homes of smuggled VHS tapes dubbed by a one-man distribution network, people got a glimpse of the Western world and a culture of muscular individuality with heroes like Jean-Claude Van Damme, Sylvester Stallone, and, of course, Chuck Norris.

In "Chuck Norris vs Communism," one sees the power of film to change individuals and whole societies. Through the stories of the hardworking female dubber (the most famous voice of Romania), the memories of everyday citizens, evocative re-creations of the time, and an enormous selection of clips from ’80s movies, first-time director Ilinca Calugareanu presents a film about the unexpected consequences of mass entertainment, leading to the conclusion that the greatest threat to Ceaușescu’s dictatorship might just have been the Vcr. (Dir. by Ilinca Calugareanu, 2014, UK/Romania/Germany, in Romanian with subtitles, 83 mins., Not Rated) Official Selection: Sundance Film Festival, Hot Docs

"Bounce"

From Brazilian favelas to dusty Congolese villages, from Neolithic Scottish isles to modern soccer pitches, "Bounce" explores the little-known origins of our favorite sports.

The film crosses time, languages and continents to discover how the ball has staked its claim on our lives and fueled our passion to compete. Equal parts science, history and cultural essay, "Bounce" removes us from the scandals and commercialism of today’s sports world to uncover the true reasons we play ball, helping us reclaim our universal connection to the games we love. (Dir. by Jerome Thelia, 2015, USA / Brazil / Congo / India / Ireland / Italy / Mexico / UK, in English with subtitles, 71 mins., Not Rated) Official Selection: SXSW

"Double Digits: The Story of a Neighborhood Movie Star"

Deep in the recesses of YouTube there is an ingenious artist who cannot be stopped. He consistently churns out 3-4 original feature-length films a year. He’s made action movies, horror movies, westerns and more. He’s not rich, he has no crew, no formal training and aside from his action figures, plays virtually every part. Welcome to the inspiring, imaginative, and often handmade world of Ultra-diy filmmaker Richard ‘R.G.’ Miller, a 50 year-old man who creates impossible blockbusters from his tiny studio apartment in Wichita, Kansas. His dream audience? More than 9 people. (Dir. by Justin Johnson, 2015, USA, 76 mins., Not Rated)

"Right Footed"

Born without arms as the result of a severe birth defect, Jessica Cox never allowed herself to believe that she couldn’t accomplish her dreams. An expert martial artist, college graduate and motivational speaker, Jessica is also the world’s only armless airplane pilot, a mentor, and an advocate for people with disability. Directed by Emmy Award winning filmmaker Nick Spark, "Right Footed" chronicles Jessica’s amazing story of overcoming adversity and follows her over a period of two years as she becomes a mentor for children with disabilities and their families, and a disability rights advocate working in the U.S.A. and abroad. (Dir. by Nick Spark, 2015, USA, in English with subtitles, 82 mins., Not Rated)

"Hand Gestures"

"Hand Gestures" follows the process of creating one of Velasco Vitali’s famous dog sculptures, from wax to glazed bronze, at the Battaglia Artistic Foundry in Milan. The film observes the work of a group of skilled artisans in this 100-year old foundry and reveals the ancient traditions of bronze sculpture making, unchanged since the sixth century B.C. This method is not taught in school, but is passed on in the ancient oral tradition and through apprenticeships from artisans. This documentary observes and feels the work of the Battaglia Artistic Foundry: a place where the past and present share the same gestures and where each gesture is a sculpture itself.

An artist who sculpts, who works the waxes, is treated in the same way as a craftsman who turns that wax into bronze, building and destroying other ephemeral sculptures: they have been making the same gestures for centuries, and by showing this to the camera they reveal historical “jumps” in time. Director Francesco Clerici has made a fine-tuned, carefully-observed study of a glorious thing to watch: artisans practicing their craft on film. Winner of the Fipresci award at Berlinale Forum 2015. (Dir. by Francesco Clerici, 2015, Italy, in Italian with subtitles, 77 mins., Not Rated) Official Selection: Berlin International Film Festival, BFI London Film Festival

"Beaver Trilogy Part IV" (USA, dir. Brad Besser)

In 1979, Kutv in Salt Lake City acquired a new video camera. Trent Harris, a producer for the station’s offbeat show Extra, ventured out into the parking lot to test the new equipment and happened upon a young man taking pictures of the station’s news helicopter.

The kid, calling himself “Groovin’ Gary,” was the self-proclaimed Rich Little of Beaver, Utah. His infectious personality and small-town impressions of John Wayne, Sylvester Stallone, and Barry Manilow piqued Harris’s interest enough so he gave him a business card and asked that he alert him if anything newsworthy happened in his hometown. What happened next would become the foundation for "Beaver Trilogy," a unique collection of films that documented Harris’s multiple attempts at re-creating the original magic of the Beaver Kid. Director Brad Besser dives deep into the mystique of this cult classic, unraveling the mystery of Harris’s original inspiration. "Beaver Trilogy Part IV" explores the line between the quest for fame and the exploitation of those who pursue it. (Dir. by Brad Besser, 2015, USA, 84 mins., Not Rated) Official Selection: Sundance Film Festival, Hot Docs

The short films in competition are in two programs:

Program 1

Program 2

The awards will be presented on Sunday October 25 before the final screenings of the festival: "Mia Madre" at 7:15Pm and "Eisenstein in Guanajuato" at 7:45Pm.

Tickets and passes on sale now at www.loftfilmfest.org.
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Sliff 2015 Lineup Announced; Alex Winter’s Deep Web Opening Night Film

The schedule for the 24th Annual Whitaker St. Louis International Film Festival (Sliff) has been announced and once again film goers will be offered the best in cutting edge features and shorts from around the globe.

The festival takes place November 5-15, 2015.

Sliff kicks off on November 5 with the opening-night selection, Deep Web, with director Alex Winter, who’s honored with the Charles Guggenheim Cinema St. Louis Award. (Trailer)

Highlights from this year’s festival include:

The 33 Anomalisa The Assassin Brooklyn Carol I Saw the Light Krisha The Lady in the Van Legend Love the Coopers Remember Son of Saul Touched with Fire Youth

The 33

According to Sliff, the festival will feature more than 125 filmmaking guests, including honorees: actor/director Alex Winter, winner of the Charles Guggenheim Cinema St. Louis Award; director Trent Harris, winner of the Contemporary Cinema Award; and director Rosemary Rodriguez, winner of the Women in Film Award.
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Film Review: ‘The Beaver Trilogy Part IV’

Film Review: ‘The Beaver Trilogy Part IV’
Between 1979 and 1985, cult director Trent Harris made three different films about a character he dubbed “Groovin’ Gary,” aka “the Beaver Kid,” a small-town Utah dreamer with big Hollywood ambitions. That triptych — which comprises an eccentric TV profile and two short-film re-enactments starring Sean Penn and Crispin Glover — eventually found its way to the 2001 Sundance Film Festival as “The Beaver Trilogy,” and now holds a place as one of the oddest footnotes in American cinema, though it’s hard to imagine anyone who hasn’t already seen it having more than a passing interest in “The Beaver Trilogy Part IV.” While it finally answers so many questions fans have been asking for years, sometimes far more poignantly than devotees would have thought possible, Brad Besser’s obsessive feature-length follow-up documentary ultimately feels like a DVD featurette that spiraled ridiculously out of control.

Like Ben Steinbauer’s “Winnebago Man,” which tracked down
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Beaver Trilogy Part IV | Sundance Review - Sundance Film Festival 2015

At first glance, Brad Besser's Beaver Trilogy Part IV might appear to be a run-of-the-mill feature documentary about cult film director Trent Harris, but the film quickly succumbs to its surrealistic tendencies and just...well...goes with the flow of things. The freewheeling nature of Besser's film seamlessly transforms Beaver Trilogy Part IV from a film about a filmmaker to a film about one of that filmmaker's subjects to the representation of Truth in the documentary process to the exploitative consequences of non-fiction filmmaking -- gargle, rinse, shuffle and repeat. All the while, the audience grows acutely aware of Besser's ever-present directorial hand as he oh-so-purposefully re-directs the film's narrative structure time and time again. Every edit is precisely timed, just as the narration (graced by the cleverly unrecognizable vocal stylings of Bill Hader) and images are so minutely sculpted to the point that Beaver Trilogy Part IV evolves
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Meet the 2015 Sundance Filmmakers #63: Brad Besser Traces Inspiration for Cult Classic 'Beaver Trilogy' With 'Beaver Trilogy Part IV'

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In 1979, Kutv in Salt Lake City got a new video camera. Trent Harris, a producer for the station’s unconventional show "Extra," went to the parking lot to test the new equipment and bumped into a kid taking photos of the station’s news helicopter. The young man, who called himself "Groovin' Gary," was the self-proclaimed Rich Little of Beaver, Utah. His vibrant personality and small-town impressions of John Wayne, Sylvester Stallone, and Barry Manilow interested Harris enough that he gave him a business card and asked that Gary alert him if anything newsworthy happened in his hometown. What happened next spurred the Beaver Trilogy, an inventive collection of films documenting Harris's numerous attempts at re-creating the strange magic of the Beaver Kid. Director Brad Besser explores the appeal of this cult classic, delving into the mystery of Harris’s initial inspiration. Steeped in Sundance Film Festival history (the original Beaver Trilogy premiered at the.
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Watch: Go Behind the Scenes with Trent Harris in Exclusive 'Beaver Trilogy Part IV' Clip

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Last year, we called director Trent Harris the "best underground filmmaker you don't know, but should." The director of offbeat comedies, Harris has directed such films as "Rubin & Ed," "Plan 10 from Outer Space" and his epic "Beaver Trilogy," all of which have earned a cult following. Now, Indiewire has an exclusive clip from his Sundance entry, "Beaver Trilogy Part IV," which is premiering in the U.S. Documentary section at this year's festival. The synopsis reads: "In a parking lot in 1979, then amateur filmmaker Trent Harris would meet an energetic young performer from Beaver, Utah; the chance meeting would change their lives forever. Over the subsequent decades the encounter would be retold in a series of fictional remakes that would culminate in the 2001 Sundance Film Festival entry ‘Beaver Trilogy' — but the film itself is only part of the story. 'Beaver Trilogy Part IV' explores Trent Harris' eclectic...
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Bill Hader To Narrate Cult Film Documentary ‘Beaver Trilogy Part IV’ – Sundance

Bill Hader To Narrate Cult Film Documentary ‘Beaver Trilogy Part IV’ – Sundance
Exclusive: Deadline can exclusively reveal that Bill Hader is narrating the feature documentary Beaver Trilogy Part IV, a meta-movie centered on cult director Trent Harris that’s set to come full circle when it premieres Friday night at the Sundance Film Festival.

Director Brad Besser’s new docu explores Utah filmmaker Harris’ years-long obsession with the story of Groovin’ Gary, an enigmatic performer from Beaver, Utah. The two met by chance in a parking lot in 1979 and Harris started filming, resulting in the cult documentary The Beaver Kid, a study in hopes and dreams highlighted by Gary’s performance in drag singing Olivia Newton-John’s “Please Don’t Keep Me Waiting.” A distraught Gary shot himself soon after the first film, but survived.

The film went on to earn cult status on the underground circuit, where fans traded VHS tapes of Harris’ once-in-a-lifetime film and the subsequent shorts he made re-creating it,
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Film Feature: Preview of the 2015 Sundance Film Festival

Chicago – This Thursday marks the beginning of the 2015 Sundance Film Festival, and yours truly will be in attendance to cover the fest for HollywoodChicago.com. Last year, the Park City, Utah event introduced the world to its 2014-defining sensations like “Whiplash” and “Boyhood”.

Those titles followed in the paths of indie landmarks such as “sex, lies and videotape,” “Clerks,” “Hoop Dreams,” “American Movie,” “Memento,” “Frozen River,” “Winter’s Bone,” and “Fruitvale Station,” among many others.

In pursuit of new favorite films for a new year, I’ve composed a relatively solid schedule so that I can devour as much diverse Sundance goodness as possible. Narratives, documentaries, white supremacists, nasty babies, Neil Hamburger, Chiwetel Ejiofor, stolen cop cars, and much, much more are all in play. But with hopes that everything I witness is the next “Boyhood”-like zeitgeist, I’ll be sure to report back here on what’s worth,
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Sundance 2015 Premieres Announced

The 2015 Sundance Film Festival has been slowly unveiling the films that will screen in Park City, Ut from January 22-February 1. We’ve already listed the midnight line up as well as the list of films in competition. Now, the Premieres have been revealed and the event is looking more and more promising. The entire slate include films directed by Noah Baumbach, James Ponsoldt, Paul Weitz, Jared Hess, Joe Swanberg, Charles Stone III and others. Here is the full list.

Premieres

A showcase of world premieres of some of the most highly anticipated narrative films of the coming year.

Brooklyn / United Kingdom (Director: John Crowley, Screenwriter: Nick Hornby, based on the book by Colm Tóibín) — 1950s Ireland: Eilis must confront a terrible dilemma — a heartbreaking choice between two men and two countries, between duty and true love. Cast: Saoirse Ronan, Domhnall Gleeson, Emory Cohen, Julie Walters, Jim Broadbent.

Digging for Fire / U.
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Sundance ’15: Amy Berg, Kirby Dick, Alex Gibney Fire Up Documentary Premieres Section

A section that throws the competitive spirit out the window, but actively becomes part of the year-end docu-talk, last year’s dozen minus one offerings included current Oscar front-runner Steve James’ Life Itself and the controversial Happy Valley from Amir Bar-Lev. 2015 will be a highly flamable one, courting controversy friendly titles from established docu auteurs in Amy Berg (Prophet’s Prey), Kirby Dick (The Hunting Ground) and Alex Gibney (Going Clear: Scientology and the Prison of Belief). Here are the docu thirteen docu (world) premieres:

Beaver Trilogy Part IV/ U.S.A. (Director: Brad Besser) — A chance meeting in a parking lot in 1979 between filmmaker Trent Harris and a young man from Beaver, Utah, inspired the creation of an underground film that is now known as Beaver Trilogy. But the film itself is only part of the story.

The Black Panthers: Vanguard of the Revolution/ U.S.A. (Director: Stanley
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Sundance Film Festival Announces 2015 Premieres Lineup

Sundance Film Festival Announces 2015 Premieres Lineup
Viola Davis, Jennifer Lopez, James Franco, Ewan McGregor, Greta Gerwig, Jesse Eisenberg, Saoirse Ronan, Ryan Reynolds, Peter Sarsgaard and Lily Tomlin — as well as directors Noah Baumbach, Michael Almereyda, Rodrigo Garcia, James Ponsoldt, Robert Pulcini and Shari Springer Berman — are among the big names in the Premieres lineup at the 2015 Sundance Film Festival, unveiled today along with Documentary Premieres and a new Special Events section.

Festival director John Cooper noted that while this year’s 16 Premieres selections will be among the buzziest, most commercial titles in Park City, “they’re not without an independent feel to them, and that’s what I’m always looking for. There is a very independent spirit behind these films.”

By way of example, Cooper cited “Last Days in the Desert,” a description-resistant foray into father-son territory from Garcia, a director known for his stories about women (“Nine Lives,” “Mother and Child”); John Crowley’s “Brooklyn,
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Sundance: Premieres, Doc Premieres

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Sundance: Premieres, Doc Premieres
Festival top brass have revealed a high-profile roster of out-of-competition Premieres and Documentary Premieres entries featuring many returning heroes, as well as a new Special Events section and panel participants including George Lucas.

Justin Kelly’s I Am Michael is likely to become a major talking point and stars James Franco and Zachary Quinto in the true tale of activist and Young Gay America co-founder Michael Glatze, who renounced his homosexuality and became a Christian pastor. The Exchange handles international rights.

James Ponsoldt’s David Foster Wallace film End Of The Tour (pictured, photo by Jakob Ihre) starring Jesse Eisenberg and Jason Segel makes the cut — Fortitude International is the international sales agent — as does the latest from the newly prolific Noah Baumbach, whose Mistress America stars his Frances Ha and Greenberg muse Greta Gerwig and arrives three months after the Toronto premiere of While We’re Young.

Sundance regulars Ryan Fleck and Anna Bowden return with Mississippi Grind
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Sundance 2015 lands Scientology, Kurt Cobain and campus rape documentary premieres

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Sundance 2015 lands Scientology, Kurt Cobain and campus rape documentary premieres
Kurt Cobain, Nina Simone and Tig Notaro are among the big names getting documentary treatment at this January's Sundance Film Festival. On Monday (December 8), Sundance announced 13 documentaries that will be premiering out of competition at the Festival, which runs from January 22 to February 1 in Park City. It's a group of films from some of documentary cinema's biggest names and, unsurprisingly, from some of Sundance's most frequent attendees. Sundance regular Liz Garbus ("The Farm: Angola, USA") is taking the previously vacant Us documentary Day One Film slot with "What Happened, Miss Simone?" The documentary looks singer and activist Nina Simone was recently acquired by Netflix, which had "Mitt" in an out-of-competition slot at last year's Festival. Also coming from a Sundance favorite and also with TV distribution already in place is HBO's "Kurt Cobain: Montage of Heck," an authorized biopic of the Nirvana frontman that features Frances Bean Cobain as an
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Sundance unveils Premieres, Doc Premieres

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Sundance unveils Premieres, Doc Premieres
Festival top brass have revealed a high-profile roster of out-of-competition Premieres and Documentary Premieres entries featuring many returning heroes, as well as a new Special Events section and participants on two panels including George Lucas.

James Ponsoldt’s David Foster Wallace film End Of The Tour starring Jesse Eisenberg and Jason Segel makes the cut, as does the latest from the newly prolific Noah Baumbach, whose Mistress America stars his Frances Ha and Greenberg muse Greta Gerwig and arrives three months after the Toronto premiere of While We’re Young.

Sundance regulars Ryan Fleck and Anna Bowden return with Mississippi Grind starring Ryan Reynolds, Ben Mendelsohn and Sienna Miller, while Robert Pulcini and Shari Springer Berman introduce the New York Tompkins Square Park Riot drama Ten Thousand Saints starring the in-demand Ethan Hawke and Emily Mortimer.

Joe Swanberg brings Digging For Fire with Rosemarie Dewitt, Orlando Bloom, Brie Larson, Sam Rockwell and Anna Kendrick.

Peter Sarsgaard, [link
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Outrageous! The Beaver Trilogy

This is the 10th post in a series covering the most outrageous moments in underground film history. You can follow the entire series here.

Film: The Beaver Trilogy

Director: Trent Harris

Year: 1979-2000

A chance meeting in the parking lot of a Salt Lake City, Utah, news station resulted in an enormously beloved — and outrageous — underground film.

Filmmaker Trent Harris was working as a news cameraman in 1979 and testing out some new gear when he met an affable young man known only as “Groovin’ Gary.”

After a few minutes of chatting on camera, Groovin’ Gary launches into several celebrity impersonations, such as John Wayne and Sylvester Stallone, and invites Harris to visit Gary’s hometown of Beaver to videotape its allegedly talented residents.

Off-screen, Gary arranges for a talent show at the Beaver high school for Trent to videotape for a possible TV special — with Groovin’ Gary as the special’s main star,
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2014 Lausanne Underground Film Festival: Official Lineup

It’s lucky 13 — as in 13th annual edition — for Switzerland’s Lausanne Underground Film Festival, an epic celebration of cinematic weirdness, violence, filth and everything else that makes life worth living. The wild debauchery runs October 15-19.

The fest opens on Oct. 15 with the feature film debut by Leah Meyerhoff, I Believe in Unicorns, which tells the story of a troubled teenage girl who runs away with an aggressive older boy.

Other new films include the misanthropic comedy Buzzard by Joel Potrykus; the deep woods psychological thriller Mother Nature by Johan Liedgren; the complex Japanese drama Kept by Maki Mizui; and more.

Luff this year is really stuffed with great retrospectives beginning with a tribute to Beth B, who has been churning out controversial, thought-provoking flicks since the New York No Wave era to know. There will be screenings of her classic films, such as The Offenders and Salvation!, and her latest documentary,
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A Heroic Misfit: Filmmaker Trent Harris Talks Hollywood, Sean Penn, Mitt Romney, and Much More

When I heard that Trent Harris, one of America's premier cult directors, of such films as Rubin and Ed, Plan 10 from Outer Space and The Beaver Trilogy would be in New York for his traveling mini-retro, I couldn't help but feeling giddy like a little kid on his first day of school. I was an awkward kid, both growing up in Korea and later here in the Us. So the outsiders, heroic misfits, if you will, in Harris's films, however over the top and ridiculous they are, always have a special place in my heart.In person, I found Harris easygoing, guileless and incredibly open. The following interview is an excerpt from our hour-long lunch conversation: we talked about everything from his tumultuous career ("career...

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