Trent Harris is an independent filmmaker based in Salt Lake City, Utah. He has directed documentaries, short films and feature-length productions, all of which usually feature surreal plots and oddball main characters.
Harris, who is originally from Salt Lake City, temporarily relocated to Los Angeles in the 1980s, but found the mainstream movie industry frustrating and creatively inhibiting. His one feature film made during this period, Rubin and Ed, has nonetheless gone on to become a cult classic, largely due to the gonzo performance of its star, Crispin Glover. Following the unsatisfying experience of making Rubin and Ed, Harris moved back to Salt Lake City to produce his films independently.
Harris is likely most well-known for his underground classic The Beaver Trilogy, which features three connected short films: One a documentary and the other two fictional. The two fiction-based segments of The Beaver Trilogy star a young Sean Penn and Crispin Glover as the same fictionalized version of the star of the documentary, known as Groovin' Gary.
In addition to filmmaking, Harris has written two books and is both a painter and a sculptor.
As of this date, Harris typically eschews traditional distribution for his feature films, screening them only at festivals before selling them on his official website.
Outrageous! The Beaver Trilogy
Outrageous Underground Film Moment 10: Groovin’ Gary dresses up like Olivia Newton-John for his one chance at greatness in Trent Harris’s The Beaver Trilogy.
2014 Lausanne Underground Film Festival: Official Lineup
The lucky 13th annual Lausanne Underground Film Festival is screening the new film by Leah Meyerhoff; and retrospectives of filmmakers Trent Harris, Beth B and more.
Introducing: PRISM index #1
PRISM index is a new multi-media zine with CD and DVD that includes films by Mike Kuchar, Azazel Jacobs and a dozen more filmmakers.
The Complete Beaver Kid
Watch the full Beaver Kid underground cult documentary online, about Groovin’ Gary, his love for Beaver, Utah and dressing up Olivia Newton John.
The Beaver Kid: Part One
Watch the initial meeting between filmmaker Trent Harris and celebrity impersonator Groovin’ Gary, the star of the Beaver Trilogy.
Travels With Trent Harris: The Mystery Of Joe, Nut Licker
Underground filmmaker Trent Harris is producing a series of short travel videos called Fling a Ding, in which he tries to solve life’s mysteries.
Not Coming: The Beaver Trilogy
Sept. 26: Catch a special screening of Trent Harris’ little-seen underground masterpiece, The Beaver Trilogy, starring Sean Penn and Crispin Glover.
Trent Harris’ New Film: Delightful Water Universe
Trent Harris, the genius behind one of the greatest films of all time, The Beaver Trilogy, is back with a new underground film: Delightful Water Universe.
Tale Of The Tape Trading
Heavy Metal Parking Lot is one of the most famous traded films of all time on videotape, but it has stiff competition from Todd Haynes’ Superstar.
Watch Now: The Beaver Trilogy Clips
Watch two scenes from the underground classic The Beaver Trilogy by Trent Harris. One stars Crispin Glover and the other homegrown talent “Groovin’ Gary.”