Penelope Spheeris

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Penelope Spheeris

Born

12/2/1945, New Orleans, Louisiana

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Female

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P. Spheeris
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  • Trivia

    • Penelope is of Caucasian descent.

    • In 1998, Penelope won the Jury Award at the Chicago Underground Film Festival in the category of Best Documentary for her direction of the 1998 film The Decline of Western Civilization Part III. and the Freedom of Expression Award and was nominated for the Grand Jury Prize Documentary at the Sundance Film Festival.

    • In 2001, Penelope appeared in print ads for Directors Guild of America.

    • Penelope declined the offer to direct This Is Spinal Tap because she thought you couldn't make fun of heavy metal music.

    • In 2001, Penelope won the Most Popular Documentry award at the Melbourne International Film Festival for the 2001 film We Sold Our Souls for Rock 'n Roll.

    • In 2003, Penelope was awarded the Lifetime Achievement Award a the Temecula Valley International Film Festival.

    • In 2005, Penelope was awarded the Maverick Award at the LA Femme Film Festival.

    • In 2001, Penelope was awarded the Pioneer Filmmaker Award at the Deep Ellum Film Festival.

    • In 1998, Penelope won the Jury Award at the Chicago Underground Film Festival in the category of Best Documentary for her direction of the 1998 film The Decline of Western Civilization Part III.

  • Quotes

    • Penelope: 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.

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