"DUDES" (1987) - Special LIFF Screening
Saturday, October 14 at 5:15pm with Director of "DUDES" Penelope Spheeris
Laughlin Stadium 9 Cinemas - Tickets available in the LIFF STORE and at the Movie Theaters the day of the Film Screening.
5:15pm Saturday, October 14 - Laughlin Stadium 9 Cinemas
Famed Director Penelope Spheeris will be in attending the first Film Festival Screening of "DUDES" for a special audience “Q & A” session after the film.
“An almost unclassifiable oddity – a punk-road movie-Western-ghost story.”
- Moria Science Fiction, Horror and Fantasy Film Review
Urban angst meets the Wild West when three NYC punks (Jon Cryer of Pretty in Pink, Daniel Roebuck of River’s Edge, and Flea of Suburbia and the Red Hot Chili Peppers) on a road trip to California cross paths with a vicious gang and their psycho leader (Lee Ving, Streets of Fire and Fear). Aided by a pistol-packin’ knockout (Catherine Mary Stewart, Night of the Comet), a daredevil Elvis Presley impersonator (Pete Willcox), and mystical spirits of the past, they relentlessly pursue the gang to an epic, hallucinogenic, final showdown.
Directed by critically acclaimed filmmaker Penelope Spheeris (The Decline of Western Civilization, Suburbia, Wayne’s World), Dudes blasts a killer soundtrack featuring The Vandals, The Little Kings, Keel, Jane’s Addiction and Steve Vai.
PENELOPE SPHEERIS TO RECEIVE LIFF LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT AWARD
9:00pm Saturday, October 14 - TROPICANA PAVILION THEATER - LIFF AWARD SHOW
Film Director, Producer and Screenwriter Penelope Spheeris, often referred to as the “Rock ‘n Roll Anthropologist” for her acclaimed documentary films depicting the music scene in Los Angeles over the past 40 years, is set to receive the 2017 Laughlin International Film Festival (LIFF) Lifetime Achievement Award on Saturday, October 14th at LIFF’s 6th annual Awards Ceremony to be held at the Tropicana Casino, Pavilion Theater. Join us for this special event and tribute to Penelope's amazing career in the Film and Music Industry.
In her early career, Spheeris produced short subjects for comedian Albert Brooks, many of which were highlighted in the first season of “Saturday Night Live”. In 1974 she formed the first Los Angeles music video production company, “Rock ‘n Reel”. She went on to make her first feature film “The Decline of Western Civilization” (1981), a punk rock documentary which she produced as well as directed. Later, in 1988, she followed up with “The Decline of Western Civilization, Part II: The Metal Years”, a film which included footage and interviews of legendarybands such as Kiss, Ozzy Osbourne, Aerosmith, Megadeth and Motörhead. In 1998 she followed with “The Decline of Western Civilization, Part III”, anotherin depth look at the punk rock scene on the streets of Los Angeles at that time. The“Decline of Civilization” film trilogy was made available on both DVD and Blu-ray in 2015, by her distributor Shout Factory. The films are “A bracing, stimulating and technically superb close-up look at the L.A. punk scene” (Variety magazine).
Spheeris is best known as the Director of “Wayne’s World” (1992). The film, which was Mike Myer’s feature film debut, was both a critical and commercial success, and the eight highest grossing box office success that year. Her music video of “Bohemian Rhapsody” (Queen) in the film won her a Grammy nomination.
Spheeris, who holds a UCLA Master of Fine Arts degree in Theater Arts, will be honored for her long list of achievements as a break-through filmmaker who covered the LA music scene in depth in a way that had never been explored by a filmmaker.