Director Penelope Spheeris in person


Saturday, NOVEMBER 10 at 10:00pm  | GENERAL ADMISSION: $10 • LOFT MEMBERS: $8

Featuring Lee Marvin Maverick Award recipient Penelope Spheeris in person!

The Loft Film Fest is presented by the National Endowment for the Arts and Desert Diamond Casinos & Entertainment.

Director Penelope Spheeris’s gonzo 1987 western, partially shot in northern Arizona, offers up an oddball dose of urban angst in the Wild West when three NYC punk rockers (Jon Cryer, Pretty in Pink; Daniel Roebuck, River’s Edge; and Flea of the Red Hot Chili Peppers) take an ill-fated road trip to California and cross paths in the desert with a gang of psychotic rednecks led by Lee Ving of Fear.

“This offbeat cult classic is a rare treat for those looking for something different.” – AV Nirvana

Aided by a pistol-packin’ cowgirl (Catherine Mary Steward, Night of the Comet), a daredevil Elvis Presley impersonator, and mystical spirits of the past, they pursue the gang to an epic, hallucinogenic final showdown, driven all the way by a killer punk/metal soundtrack featuring The Vandals, Jane’s Addiction and Megadeth. Wayne’s World director Spheeris’s fifth feature film, which came after her punk rock classic Suburbia and before her electrifying doc Decline of Western Civilization Part II: The Metal Years, was never given much of a proper theatrical release, thanks to confused distributors who didn’t know how to market a violent, comedic, music-filled punk rock western, and it quickly exited theatres. But Dudes’ uniquely offbeat indie spirit lives on thanks to a recent restoration, which, among many things, showcases the gorgeous cinematography of future three-time Oscar-winner Robert Richardson (The Hateful Eight; Django Unchained). (Dir. by Penelope Spheeris, 1987, USA, 90 mins., Rated R)

Often referred to as a rock ‘n’ roll anthropologist, acclaimed filmmaker Penelope Spheeris has created a unique body of work celebrating youth culture, the marginalized and the underdogs of society. Working as a waitress, Spheeris put herself through UCLA film school, and worked as a film editor and a cinematographer before forming her own company in 1974 – ROCK ‘N REEL, the first Los Angeles production company specializing in music videos. Spheeris produced, directed, and edited videos for major bands throughout the ‘70s and ‘80s. Her feature film debut was the 1979 documentary on the L.A. punk scene, The Decline of Western Civilization, which quickly become a legendary piece of pop culture, followed by The Decline of Western Civilization Part II and Part III, which she also directed. Working in the indie film world, Spheeris directed a series of edgy feature films about troubled youth, including Suburbia, The Boys Next Door and Dudes. In 1991, she directed her seventh feature and her first studio film, the massive hit comedy, Wayne’s World, which made her one of the highest-grossing female directors in Hollywood. Other studio comedies as director, writer and producer followed, including The Beverly Hillbillies, The Little Rascals, Black Sheep and Senseless. Penelope Spheeris remains a prolific and trailblazing documentarian and feature-film and television director, and is currently working on Decline IV with her daughter/producer, Anna Fox.