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Beaver Trilogy Part IV (2015)

Not Rated | | Documentary | 5 April 2016 (USA)
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.

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Brad Besser
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Credited cast:
Bill Hader ... Narrator (voice)
Trent Harris Trent Harris ... Self
Groovin' Gary Groovin' Gary ... Self (archive footage) (as Dick Griffiths)
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Brad Besser ... Self
Robert Burgos ... Self
Alex Caldiero Alex Caldiero ... Self
Scott Carrier Scott Carrier ... Self
Rod Decker Rod Decker ... Self
Ken Fall Ken Fall ... Self
Nancy Griffiths George Nancy Griffiths George ... Self
Laurie Griffiths Laurie Griffiths ... Self
Trevor Groth ... Self
Jared Hess ... Self
Vicki Griffiths Hutchings Vicki Griffiths Hutchings ... Self
Starlee Kine ... Self
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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.

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References To Die For (1995) See more »

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Week Twelve
Written and Performed by Ben von Wildenhaus
Courtesy of Ben von Wildenhaus
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Scratching the surface
17 September 2019 | by kraftwerk32See all my reviews

When I first saw the original Beaver Trilogy someone described it to me as being "something like Grey Gardens". I was actually appalled after I watched it. This has nothing to do with carefully rounded portray that Maysels brothers created. The Beaver Triology is just based on some random footage of an awkward, seemingly repressed and maybe disturbed young man, exploiting his obvious naivety to present him as a freakish fool. Trent Harris looks at his subject with a voyeuristic lense, he never tries to get a fuller, more nuanced picture of Groovin' Gary. This new documentary claims to show us the bigger picture by giving us insights into both Harris' and Dick Griffiths' (aka Groovin' Gary) side of the story. And while it does give us some of that it never really asks the right questions. At about 15min into the film, Dianne Orr, a producer for the TV station that Harris worked for, is the one of the few voices of reason here: "When Trent showed me the footage from that talent show, I was really worried. I thought it went too far and exposed too much". Sadly this sentiment is never fully explored in this feature. It does not ask Harris straightforward if he feels reponsible for the suicide attempt of Griffiths. It never asks what it would mean for the subject to be portrayed as a somewhat queer personality in a conservative Utah town. Griffiths, who has passed away since, is represented by his sisters and friends, who can only give us a misty-eyed second hand picture of him, but can't really answer the question how his state of mind was at the time. Harris on the other hand is given plenty of opportunity to glorify himself, promoting his new movie and playing down the moral obligation that a filmmaker has to an unwitting subject.


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