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Penelope Spheeris


Spheeris is often referred to as a 'rock 'n roll anthropologist'. In 1974 she formed the first Los Angeles music video production company, ROCK 'N REEL. She concluded her music video work with the Grammy-nominated, "Bohemian Rhapsody" video for "Wayne's World". Spheeris' feature film debut was the 1979 documentary on the Los Angeles punk scene, "... See full bio »

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Known For

Wayne's World
Wayne's World Director
(1992)
The Little Rascals
(1994)
Black Sheep
Black Sheep Director
(1996)

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 2012 The Real St. Nick (TV Movie)
 2011 Five (TV Movie) (segment "Cheyanne")
 2005 The Kid & I
 2004 Cracking Up (TV Series) (1 episode)
- Prom Night (2004)
 2003 The 75th Annual Academy Awards (TV Special) (segment "Tribute to Documentaries")
 2001 We Sold Our Souls for Rock 'n Roll (Documentary)
 2000 Dear Doughboy (TV Movie)
 1999 Hollywierd (Documentary)
 1998 Applewood 911 (TV Movie)
 1998 Senseless
 1996 Black Sheep
 1993 Danger Theatre (TV Series) (3 episodes)
- Searcher in the Mist/Sex, Lies & Decaf (1993) ... (segments "Searcher in the Mist", "Sex, Lies & Decaf")
- Move My Lips/Dead Stranger in Paradise (1993) ... (segments "Move My Lips", "Dead Stranger in Paradise")
- Fatal Distraction/Lethal Luau (1993) ... (segment "Fatal Distraction")
 1992 Wayne's World
 1991 UFO Abductions (TV Movie documentary)
 1991 Rap's Most Wanted (Video documentary)
 1991 Prison Stories: Women on the Inside (TV Movie) (segment "3")
 1991 Visitors from the Unknown (TV Movie) (tcm)
 1990 Thunder and Mud (Documentary)
 1987 Dudes
 1983 Suburbia
 1972 I Don't Know (Short)
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Directed a short film shown during the 74th Academy Awards in 2002. See more »

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1 Portrayal | 1 Interview | 2 Articles | See more »

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Alternate Names:

P. Spheeris | Penelope 'Bud' Spheeris
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I generally think about myself as someone who studies human behavior and is trying to figure out what the hell is going on in our current society. If I can leave any film that helps define a certain time after I'm dead then that's great. See more »

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Declined the offer to direct This Is Spinal Tap (1984), because she thought you couldn't make fun of Heavy Metal music. See more »

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Sagittarius

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