Spheeris launched her career by producing short subjects for comedian Albert Brooks, many of them being highlights in the first season of the television series Saturday Night Live. Her first feature film was The Decline of Western Civilization (1981), a punk rock documentary that she produced and directed. She followed up with The Decline of Western Civilization Part II: The Metal Years, this time about the Los Angeles heavy metal scene of 1988, with footage and interviews of legendary metal bands such as Kiss, Ozzy Osbourne, Aerosmith, Megadeth, and Motörhead. She later returned to the streets of Los Angeles and the punk rock scene in 1998 for the documentary The Decline of Western Civilization Part III. She was offered the chance to direct This is Spinal Tap, but declined.
In addition, she worked as a writer for the television series Roseanne (1988-1997). In the 1990s, she directed Wayne’s World, a comedy based on Mike Myers’ sketches from Saturday Night Live. The movie grossed over $183 million and became a popular hit. She directed the Wayne’s World music video work for Queen’s “Bohemian Rhapsody”, which earned a Grammy Award nomination. She had difficulty working with Myers, while acknowledging him as “profoundly talented,” and in an Entertainment Weekly article stated she believes Myers dissuaded Paramount Pictures from hiring her for the sequel.
In 1996, she directed We Sold Our Souls for Rock ‘n Roll, a documentary about the Ozzfest, produced by Sharon Osbourne, which explored life on the road.
Other films Spheeris has directed include The Beverly Hillbillies; The Little Rascals (for which she co-wrote the screenplay); the Chris Farley/David Spade comedy Black Sheep; the Marlon Wayans-David Spade team-up Senseless; and The Kid & I starring Tom Arnold. In 2006, she was set to direct the still-unfilmed Gospel According to Janis, about Janis Joplin.
The Portland Oregon Women’s Film Festival named Spheeris its guest of honor for 2013.
The moving image collection of Penelope Spheeris is held at the Academy Film Archive. The Academy Film Archive has preserved several of Penelope Spheeris’ films, including Bath, Hats Off To Hollywood, and Shit.
Catherine Mary Stewart
In 1980, Catherine Mary Stewart landed a role in The Apple, a musical science fiction cult film. During the production of The Apple, the director Menahem Golan took issue with her original name Mary Nursall and insisted she change it, which she did using her mother’s maiden name.
After moving to Los Angeles she obtained a role on the soap opera Days of Our Lives, playing the original Kayla Brady from January 1982 to December 1983. In 1984, she starred in two science fiction feature films, The Last Starfighter as Maggie Gordon and Night of the Comet as Regina Belmont. She later played a leading role in the teen comedy Mischief.
In the mid-1980s, Stewart appeared in two miniseries: Hollywood Wives (1985) and Sins (1986), where she played the younger version of Joan Collins’s character. She made guest appearances on television series such as Knight Rider, Hotel, Alfred Hitchcock Presents and The Outer Limits. She starred in several made-for-TV movies such as Murder by the Book (1987), Passion and Paradise (1989), Perfect Harmony (1991) and Ordeal in the Arctic (1993). In 1989, she appeared as Gwen Saunders in the comedy film Weekend at Bernie’s.
Beginning in the mid-1990s, she scaled back her appearances whilst she was raising her family. As her children have grown, she has again been appearing in television and film roles, and has expressed an interest in directing. In 2010, she appeared in the film A Christmas Snow. In 2016, she directed the short movie A Walk to Remember. She starred in the Hallmark holidays movies Rock N’ Roll Christmas in 2019 and A Christmas Comeback in 2020
Joe Clarke is an award winning filmmaker from the state of Iowa, currently residing in Beverly Hills. He has written and directed seven feature films, which have been bought by Netflix, Redbox, Family Video, Target, Walmart, and have also been featured on Xbox Live, DirectTV, and iTunes. His Holiday film, “Up on the Wooftop,” opened behind Star Wars: The Force Awakens in several South American territories. In addition, the film was sold to over ten international territories. Joe has also been featured on Funnyordie.com, and has had films featured in film festivals across the world. His latest film, “Headstrong” was in the top 25 documentaries on iTunes.
Curiosity about the world, it’s languages and the people who live in it has always been Chris Hudson’s driving force in life. This curiosity inspired Chris to film and document people groups in Yap, Guatemala, Brazil, Germany, South Dakota, and for his latest documentary The Mayberry Effect, superfans and Tribute Artists across the southeast of the United States. An Emmy-Nominated and Silver Telly Award winning documentary filmmaker from Clemmons, North Carolina, Chris holds two degrees; a Bachelor of the Arts in Communications from Queens University of Charlotte and a Masters in Fine Arts in Documentary Film from Wake Forest University in Winston-Salem, North Carolina. Having worked in documentaries, television, and the film industry for over 21 years, Chris’ love for good storytelling started when he was eight years old when he became an avid consumer of PBS documentaries by Ken Burns and travelogues featuring Rick Steves. Since then, Chris has dreamed of working in the entertainment and film industries.
For four years at Queens University of Charlotte, Chris had more film and video equipment than the entire school and was consistently hired to shoot, produce, and edit a number of videos for various departments within the school. As a sophomore at Queens University of Charlotte, Chris interned at WTVI, Charlotte’s PBS station, and learned how to become a documentary filmmaker, television producer, director and
editor. Graduating in 2002, Chris stayed on at WTVI to produce World War II documentaries like How I Survived WWII (Emmy-Nominated 2007/Silver Telly Award 2007) and If They Could See Us Now; The Story of Charlotte’s 38th Evacuation Hospital (2007). From 2005 to 2013 Chris also produced local, regional, and national TV commercials for a cable company both in Charlotte and Greensboro, NC and in 2011 he and his wife, Angie Hudson opened their own business, Creative Drama Children’s Theater in Clemmons, NC teaching students theater, dance, voice, piano, acting and video production. Chris is the Executive/Marketing Director at their studio and has helped their business grow from 37 students in 2011 to 600 students in 2020. In addition to helping build every musical set they produce, Chris is the proud father of two daughters, Selah Hudson (9) and Sadie Belle Hudson (6).
From 2015 to 2018 Chris went back to school and got his MFA in Documentary Film from Wake Forest University. His thesis film project, The Mayberry Effect, started as a 45-minute short film and has now been extended into a 90-minute feature-length documentary over the past year and a half. The Mayberry Effect, is a thought provoking film investigating the topic of nostalgia through the lens of The Andy Griffith Show
asking the questions; did a simpler time actually exist, how did the show influence our American culture and society and will future generations continue to enjoy the sitcom or will it fade away like so many other television shows over the past 60 years?
Patrick A. Jankiewicz is an actor and publicist who appeared alongside his brother Donald R. Jankiewicz in several episodes of Star Trek: Voyager.
Born in Detroit, Michigan, Jankiewicz is also the brother of screenwriter Tom Jankiewicz. Several interviews by him were published in issues of Star Trek Magazine, including “The Apple of Our Eye” with Celeste Yarnall in Star Trek Magazine issue 116, “Ensign Expendable” with Paul Carr in Star Trek Magazine issue 123, “Be My Guest” with Tanya Lemani George in Star Trek Magazine issue 125, and “Up Above the Gods” with Gary Lockwood in Star Trek Magazine issue 140. Yet, he started out as a prolific interviewer between 1991 and 1996 for the Starlog Press publications, writing interviews for their magazines such as one with Robert L. McCullough for the February 1993 issue of Starlog, titled “Man & Pakled”, among numerous others.
Beside his work on Star Trek he appeared together with his brother in the comedy series Culture Clash (1994), the mystery film Lamb to the Slaughter (2002), the action comedy The Rundown (2003, starring The Rock), and the comedy series Tim and Eric Awesome Show, Great Job! (2007 and 2009).
Other appearances include the comedy Beethoven’s 2nd (1993, with Jeff Corey and William Schallert), the comedy Quiet Days in Hollywood (1997, with Jeremy Roberts), the mystery drama K-PAX (2001, with Alfre Woodard, Mary Mara, William Lucking, Kelly Connell, Scott Lincoln, Frank Collison, Clete Francis, Joseph Steven, and Julie Sands), the comedy series The Sarah Silverman Program (2008, starring Sarah Silverman), the short horror film Cleansed (2008), the comedy American High School (2009, with Davida Williams), and the short comedy When Life Gives You Lemons (2010).