This is a Visual History Recording

Visual History with Penelope Spheeris

Interviewed by: Mary Lambert

Penelope Spheeris spent her early years on the road with her father’s traveling carnival. Graduating from UCLA Film School with a Master of Fine Arts degree, she worked as a film editor and cinematographer before forming her own production company, Rock 'n' Reel, producing and directing music videos for bands like The Funkadelics, Fleetwood Mac, The Doobie Brothers, and Seals & Croft.

Spheeris discusses her directorial debut on The Decline of Western Civilization.

Why you need to know the dark side to be successful at comedy.

Spheeris reflects on the best part of directing for her.