Film Screening

Thursday, July 12, 2012
The Beaver Trilogy

Part of Cindy Sherman Selects

The Beaver Trilogy

Date + Time

Thursday, July 12, 2012
7:00 p.m.


Phyllis Wattis Theater


Trent Harris, 2000, 83 min., Beta SP

The Beaver Trilogy comprises three segments shot at different times: in 1979, 1981, and 1985. The first, The Beaver Kid, is a mini-documentary featuring "Groovin' Gary," a small-town performer from Beaver, Utah. Gary's acts include impressions of John Wayne and Sylvester Stallone, and a performance in full drag as Oliva Newton-John. The second segment, The Beaver Kid 2, stars a young Sean Penn reenacting Groovin' Gary's Newton-John act, as "Groovin' Gary" Huff. Finally, in The Orkly Kid, Crispin Glover reinterprets Penn's performance, as "Olivia Neutron Bomb."

Admission + Ticketing

$5 general; free for SFMOMA members or with museum admission (requires a free ticket, which can be picked up in the Haas Atrium).

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Image: Trent Harris, The Beaver Trilogy (still), 2000; courtesy and © Trent Harris

Video courtesy of the filmmaker.