Happy Birthday: Penelope Spheeris

WILDsound Writing and Film Festival Review

penelopespheeris.jpgPenelope Spheeris

Born: December 2, 1945 in New Orleans, Louisiana, USA

[“After Wayne’s World (1992), you directed a bunch of studio fodder including The Little Rascals (1994) and Senseless (1998). What steered you in this direction?”) When someone offers you $2.5 million to direct a film, you just fucking take it. I took the money and made a bunch of movies – The Little Rascals (1994), The Beverly Hillbillies (1993), Black Sheep (1996) and Senseless (1998). After I did Wayne’s World (1992) – I tried like hell to direct movies I had written and books that I wanted to adapt for film. I tried so hard to do something beside television remakes but I couldn’t get anything going. That is where the sexism in the film industry becomes all too apparent. If I was a guy, I swear to God I would have been able to get my own shit…

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