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I Don’t Know

(Penelope Spheeris, 1970, 20 min)

A truly major work, I Don’t Know observes the relationship between a lesbian and a transgender man who prefers to identify somewhere in between male and female, in an expression of personal ambiguity suggested by the film’s title.  This nonfiction film - an unusual, partly staged work of semi-verité - is the first of Spheeris’s films to fully embrace what would become her characteristic documentary style: probing, intimate, uncompromising, and deeply meaningful.

Filmmaker in Attendance, 16mm

Directed by Penelope Spheeris


Thursday, March 27 9:15pm

Penelope Spheeris: Films 1968–1998

A program of short independent films by Penelope Spheeris, who will be in attendance. The program includes her early films I Don’t Know and Hats Off to Hollywood, which screened

Michigan Theater (Screening Room)