TRENT HARRIS Retrospective at PhilaMOCA

Here’s an exciting one: is presenting a two-day retrospective of the work of cult film maverick Trent Harris at PhilaMOCA on Thursday, June 13 and Friday, June 14.  Films from this series have recently screened at L.A.’s Cinefamily and Austin’s Alamo Drafthouse.

Thursday, June 13
10:00 PM – PLAN 10 FROM OUTER SPACE (1995)
w/ longtime Harris producer Walter Hart in attendance.

Friday, June 14
7:30 PM – RUBIN AND ED (1991)
10:00 PM – LUNA MESA (2011, Philly Premiere)

And here’s a quick primer for the unfamiliar:

THE BEAVER TRILOGY (2000) : A chance encounter in a parking lot in 1979 led to Harris’ obsession with Salt Lake City-based Olivia Newton-John impersonator Groovin’ Gary.  Harris documented Gary’s performance at a local talent show and returned to the footage for two reenactments:  the first in 1981 starring Sean Penn, the second in 1985 starring Crispin Glover.  Heartfelt, bizarre, and truly unforgettable stuff, all three shorts were compiled in 2000 for a screening at Lincoln Center.

PLAN 10 FROM OUTER SPACE (1995) : Harris skewers Mormon teachings with this surreal sci-fi comedy starring Karen Black as Nehor from the planet Kolob.  Salt Lake City’s oddball locals play as much of a part in the film as the indescribable aliens in this memorably crazy love letter to Harris’ hometown.

RUBIN AND ED (1991) : An eccentric young man (Crispin Glover) and a pyramid scheme salesman (Howard Hesseman) wander the Utah desert looking for a suitable place to bury a frozen cat.  Glover’s legendary appearance on the David Letterman show was a result of his appearing in character as the titular Rubin.  Classic American indie filmmaking.

LUNA MESA (2011) : Harris’ latest film, shot on consumer grade digital cameras, is the surreal, sci-fi tinged odyssey of a young woman as she traverses the globe trying to solve a murder.  The film was shot in Cambodia, Mexico, Sierra Leone, and Rwanda and it marks Harris’ entrance into the world of modern digital filmmaking, which he handles like a seasoned pro.  This screening will mark the film’s Philadelphia Premiere.

Admission for each film is $10, advance tickets are available now:

6/13 10:00 PM – PLAN 10 FROM OUTER SPACE
6/14 7:30 PM – RUBIN AND ED
6/14 10:00 PM – LUNA MESA

531 N. 12th Street
Philadelphia, PA  19123

Author: Eric Bresler

Eric is the Founder/Site Editor of whose additional activities are numerous: Director/Curator of the Philadelphia Mausoleum of Contemporary Art (PhilaMOCA), founder of Tokyo No Records, the brain behind Video Pirates, and active local film programmer including the Unknown Japan screening series. He’s served as a TLA Video Manager, Philadelphia Film Society Managing Director, and Adjunct Professor in Cinema Studies at Drexel University. He is shy and modest. Email Eric.

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