This is a Visual History Recording

Visual History with Penelope Spheeris

Interviewed by: Mary Lambert

Penelope Spheeris discusses her career as a filmmaker, directing documentaries like The Decline of Western Civilization and studio films such as Wayne's World. Spheeris talks about growing up in her father’s traveling carnival, as well as major influences in her life, including Janis Joplin and punk rock music.

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

Spheeris explains why you need to know the dark side of human nature to be successful at comedy.

Spheeris reflects on the best part of directing for her.