Director Penelope Spheeris in person

Wayne’s World


Featuring Lee Marvin Maverick Award recipient Penelope Spheeris in person! This screening will include a career highlight reel before the film, and the award presentation and onstage Q&A with Penelope Spheeris following the film!

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

It’s party time, excellent, with director Penelope Spheeris’ hilariously goofy pop culture comedy that still ranks as the best and highest-grossing Saturday Night Live spin-off in history.

“Still one of the best movies to emerge from SNL’s celebrated stages … a comedy that provokes lots of genuine laughs.” – David Nusair, Reel Film Views

Wayne’s World follows the misadventures of two amiably aimless metal-head friends, Wayne (Mike Myers) and Garth (Dana Carvey), who celebrate their obsessive love of radical babes and head-banging hard rock via their very own low-rent cable-access show, “Wayne’s World,” broadcast live from Wayne’s basement in Aurora, Illinois. But trouble comes to town when a Chicago TV station smells a potential youth-audience ratings hit, and the station’s sleazy network executive (Rob Lowe) tries to co-opt the show by producing a big budget version of “Wayne’s World.” And as if that’s not bad enough, he also has eyes for Wayne’s new girlfriend, the rock goddess Cassandra (Tia Carrere)! Soon Wayne and Garth must do battle with this evil network shark not only in order to save their show, but to save Wayne’s true love as well. Filled with clever spoofs of movie conventions, endlessly quotable dialogue (“Shyeah, and monkeys might fly outta my butt!”) and what is perhaps the screen’s most infamous lip-synching scene involving the music of Queen and the inside of a Ford Pinto, Wayne’s World is a totally schwing-worthy comedy that’ll make you laugh, cry AND hurl. (Dir. by Penelope Spheeris, 1992, 94 mins., Rated PG-13)

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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.