Trent Harris

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Trent Harris
Trent Harris with Mel Halbach.jpg
Trent Harris (left) with Mel Halbach, 2007
Born (1952-06-09) June 9, 1952 (age 66)[1]
ResidenceSalt Lake City, Utah
EducationUniversity of Utah, B.A., M.A.
American Film Institute[3]
Film instructor
Years active1978–present
Notable work
Rubin & Ed (Columbia Tristar, 1991 [which, over the years, has built a cult following[4])
Plan 10 from Outer Space (1995)
Luna Mesa (2011)

Renowned for enigmatic works receiving an enthusiastic audience in retrospect, including a triptych of 1980 and 1984 dramatized shorts joined with the 1979 documentary short inspiring them: The Beaver Trilogy (2000)

Contributed producing, directing, edited, cinematography, and writing for numerous award-winning documentaries seen on National Geographic and on PBS

(e.g.: Vérité;  B-movie ironic;
Underground iconoclastic;
among others)
Home townRexburg, Idaho[2]
TelevisionSalt Lake City broadcaster KUTV (writer-director of documentary shorts "Atomic Television," 1978–1981)
Awards2001 Independent/Experimental Film and Video Award
B-Movie Underground & Trash Film Festival's Groundbreakers Lifetime Achievement Award, 2014[5]
Writing career
Notable worksMondo Utah (1996)
The Wild Goose Chronicles (1998)

Trent Harris (born 1952) is an independent filmmaker based in Salt Lake City, Utah. He wrote and directed the offbeat 1991 comedy Rubin and Ed, in which Crispin Glover and Howard Hesseman wander the desert looking for a suitable place to bury a frozen cat. In 2001 he released The Beaver Trilogy, a compilation film that documents his obsession with a man called Groovin' Gary (Richard Griffiths). The Beaver Trilogy features Sean Penn and Crispin Glover as Groovin' Gary in part two and part three, respectively. He also wrote and directed Plan 10 from Outer Space and Delightful Water Universe.[6]

Harris has taught film and screenwriting classes at the University of Utah and has worked as a documentarian and television journalist.

Harris has also written two books, The Wild Goose Chronicles and Mondo Utah.

In 2012, he finished the feature film, Luna Mesa[7] which stars Richard Dutcher and Alex Caldiero.

In 2015 he was the subject of a documentary called Beaver Trilogy Part IV which examined his The Beaver Trilogy film and his relationship with its star, Richard Griffiths.


  1. ^ "Trent Harris Filmography". Rate Your Music. 1952-06-09. Retrieved 2018-04-09.
  2. ^ a b "Mr. Mondo | Cover Story | Salt Lake City | Salt Lake City Weekly". 2006-12-21. Retrieved 2018-04-09.
  3. ^ "Archives West: Trent Harris independent film collection, 1977-2007". Retrieved 2018-04-09.
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  5. ^ "Trent Harris - Awards - IMDb". Retrieved 2018-04-09.
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